It’s a piece that almost seems designed to test the mettle and prove
the worth of any aspiring concert violinist: Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin
Concerto in E Minor. Australian violinist Christian Li won the
prestigious Menuhin Competition at the tender age of 10 and made his MSO debut in front of 10,000 people at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 2018. He will be 12 when he takes on Mendelssohn with the MSO, under the baton of Benjamin Northey.
Mendelssohn himself was a child prodigy, though not an exclusively
musical one. He was a painter, a poet, a linguist and even an athlete.
Young Felix made his public debut at the piano aged nine.
Years later, his Romantic style and agility emerged in this sublime music.
Of course, Beethoven was hardly slow off the mark either, only seven
when he was launched into the public arena. His Symphony No. 7 is a
work of effortless melodic phrasing, featuring a second movement beloved
even by its very first audience. It will enchant you from its opening
From the birth of genius and its grand fulfilment, this is a concert as tribute to the prodigy. Young and old.