A phenomenal new violinist, Arabella Steinbacher, makes her first visit to the Vancouver Symphony January 16 through 18. This 27-year-old is incredibly gifted, a fact made clear by her new CD, sent by her New York publicity firm. It has the concerto she'll be playing here -- Dvorak's only one and conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama -- and Karol Szymanowski's first violin concerto. They both floored me but especially the Szymanowski, which is hardly ever played. This is a brave program since both concertos are dark horses. And it was her performance of the Dvorak that persuaded me it's a great one.
She's a protegee of Anne-Sophie Mutter. A friend of mine, the violinist Daniel Bae, studied with Steinbacher in Munich and raves about her playing. Daniel could have had an international career himself but got talked into taking over his parents' business: motel management.
by Lloyd Dykk