Meet the Musicians: Laure Chan

Last but certainly not least in our Meet the Musicians series is violinist Laure Chan. Next year she will be touring Paris, Beijing and Bolivia, but tomorrow sees Laure performing a bit closer to home at our Concert in Three Halves. Her chosen piece is the extraordinarily virtuosic Caprice d’après l’Etude en forme de Valse de C. Saint-Saëns by Eugène Ysaÿe.

What do you love about the piece you’re playing? What makes it stand out?

What makes this piece special in my opinion is the combination of bravura passages and the charm that emanates from the waltz theme.

Is there a particular moment we should be listening out for?

My favourite part of the piece is the middle section, which is calmer and more lyrical. I find that passage to be particularly beautiful.

If you could speak to one composer, who would it be and what would you ask them?

It would be Mozart, and I would ask him how he could achieve such beauty and depth in his music through apparent simplicity.


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