Talented young Korean violinist starts the 2019 season


The new season begins with the talented young Korean violinist Julia Hwang

Julia Hwang – Violin
The Academy of St Thomas is delighted to welcome the extraordinarily talented 22 year old Korean violinist Julia Hwang. Those of us who have heard her play in Norwich already will know we are in for a treat!

Julia gave her professional solo debut with the English National Baroque Chamber Orchestra at the age of nine. She recorded two CDs at the ages of eleven and twelve, and, also at the age of twelve, performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Julia has been a veteran of the concert stage for many years and her numerous solo appearances with orchestras internationally have led to an ever-increasing schedule of concerts both in the UK and abroad.

Her latest CD, recorded with Signum Classics, features Grieg, Lutoslawski, Wieniawski and Vaughan Williams, which she performed in live sessions of BBC In Tune and Classic FM respectively, and was reviewed by Gramophone as displaying a “model of expressive purity”.

Julia completed her undergraduate degree as a scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating with the 2017 Larmor Award. She began her violin studies at the age of seven with Richard Crabtree as an academic and music scholar at Clifton College, and currently studies with Itzhak Rashkovsky in London.

Having been offered a full scholarship from the Royal College of Music, she is currently pursuing postgraduate studies as an Ian Evans Lombe Scholar, also supported by awards won from the Drake Calleja Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Timothy Henty –  Conductor
Our guest conductor for this concert, making his first appearance with the AST is Timothy Henty. Still in his thirties, Timothy is quickly developing a strong international reputation both on the concert platform and in the theatre.

Timothy has conducted many leading orchestras as well as live screening performances of films across the world, including the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, The Godfather: Live and Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage.

Timothy began his career in 2006 as a Guest Conductor of The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and maintains a strong interest in music for dance, having conducted productions for Dutch National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Ballett Basel, Skånes Dansteater and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

Mozart’s sparkling Overture to Don Giovanni begins this concert which concludes with the vibrant Italian symphony by Mendelssohn which was inspired by the colour and atmosphere of Italy during his European tour in 1833.