The violinist Stephanie Chase will perform the North American concert premiere of the Sonata for solo violin in A major, MS 83 by Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840) in a program that also includes music by Corelli-Kreisler, Schumann, Ravel, Wieniawski, Rachmaninov, and Sarasate. Chase will perform on a Guarneri violin dating from 1742. Todd Crow will be the collaborating pianist.
The concert is part of the Distinguished Faculty recital series in the Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU Steinhardt. It will take place on Wed., Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Frederick Loewe Theatre, located at 35 W. 4th Street, New York City. The recital is free and open to the public.
The Sonata for solo violin in A major, MS 83 was composed when the great violin virtuoso was about seventeen years old. Legend has it that during a stay in the Livorno region, Paganini gambled away his Amati violin the night before a concert. He was lent another violin for the performance–an instrument made in 1743 by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù— by a Mr. Livron. So impressed with Paganini’s abilities was Livron that he immediately awarded the young musician the violin. Paganini, as a gesture of his appreciation, composed this sonata and presented it to the violin’s donor. The manuscript remained unpublished until 2009. Although the sonata has been recorded and performed in concert in Germany, it is believed that is has not previously been performed in North America.
Chase, adjunct assistant clinical professor of string studies in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU Steinhardt, is a remarkably versatile musician who excels in the virtuoso soloist’s repertoire, period instrument practice, contemporary music, chamber music, and music education. Her playing has been acclaimed in her solo performances with some of the world’s most eminent orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. For a more detailed biography, visit www.stephaniechase.com.