The Bernstein Centenary Celebration continues with his Second Symphony, The Age of Anxiety¸ with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the piano.
Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.
Where were you born? I was born in Taipei, Taiwan.
What piece of music could you play over and over again? Sibelius’s Violin Concerto.
What is your most treasured possession? My violin case.
What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Prime Rib.
Tell us about your instrument. It’s a 1760 Testore violin from the Chimei Foundation in Taiwan.
What’s in your instrument case? Two bows, a pencil, pencil sharper, strings, a metronome, and a mute.
If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I’d ask Chopin why he didn’t write a sonata for violin and piano?
What piece of music never fails to move you? Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
When did you join the Orchestra? In September 2017.
Do you play any other instruments? Piano.
What’s your favorite type of food? Asian food.
Do you speak any other languages? Chinese.
What’s the last recording you purchased? CD or download? Download. Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s The Last Rose of Summer.
What’s on your iPod? Sheet music and Spotify.
When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? In 2010, when I was in my first year at the Curtis Institute.
Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? Vienna’s Konzerthaus.
Photo by Pete Checchia