The violinist plans a concert on the theme of love for the city
Violinist Huang Mengla will present a love-themed recital at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center in February.
Originally from Shanghai, Huang is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2002, Huang gained international fame by winning the 49th Paganini International Violin Competition at the age of 22.
He has performed with many world-class orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Czech Philharmonic, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to a career as an international soloist, the 41-year-old teaches at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Ishikawa Academy of Music in Japan.
His recital on February 27 will consist of four parts – Joy of Love, Tenderness of Love, Farewell of Love and Rebirth of Love.
Joy of Love presents “March” by Prokofiev from the symphonic suite “The Love for Three Oranges”, as well as “Divertimento” by Stravinsky.
“Salut d’Amour” by Elgar and “Child’s Dream” by Ysaÿe will be performed in the second part.
The third part will begin with “Sorrow in Desert” by Tan Dun from “Hero Sonata”, which will be followed by “Liebeslied” by Kreisler and “Zigeunerweisen” by Sarasate.
Huang will then play the famous “The Butterfly Lovers” in Part 4 – The Rebirth of Love.
Pianist Huang Qiuning will join the show.
In a recent communication with local media, Huang presented his recital programs and shared his perspective on music education as a father.
Q: Did you choose the recital programs based on audience taste or your own preference?
A: These are more audience friendly programs compared to the sonatas I performed on this year’s tour. But I was not totally guided by the tastes of the public. Instead, I want to direct them, but also present them tracks that they want to hear from me.
I used to focus on how to make music melodic and melodious. Now I pay more attention to the structure and the intention of the composer. My feeling for music keeps changing, but what remains unchanged is my effort to present what I love to my audience.
Q: Are your students more drawn to pop music than serious classical music?
A: Of course they are, including my daughter. This is normal, because what makes pop songs popular is their pleasant melody and tempo, which are friendly to most listeners.
But classical music requires that a listener take an active approach. Resonance only occurs when a listener has accumulated adequate life experience.
Q: So how do you teach classical music and cultivate an aesthetic sense for young people?
A: In my opinion, having children practice a musical instrument or listen to classical music is rudimentary education to give them another hobby or life choice.
When they reach a certain age, they will feel grateful for the musical education they received at a young age. The aesthetic sense is cultivated in a subliminal way. Time will prove it.
Q: You have a 10 year old daughter who also practices the violin. What do you think is most crucial for a music learner, talent or hard work?
A: I have never seen a good musician who only depended on talent or hard work. Talent is the flame and hard work is firewood. Firewood needs flame to start, and flame needs firewood to grow.
In this modern age, children are easily distracted by new entertainment choices. Maintaining concentration is the biggest challenge for music learners today.
Q: Have you ever considered becoming a conductor or composer?
A: I can compose, but my composition will not be of much value. So why should I do it? I respect my job, which is simple: perform well and teach well.