Solo Violin With Jonathon Glonek

Solo Violin With Jonathon Glonek


Posted 2023-07-03 by Vanessafollow

Wed 19 Jul 2023

Featuring famous works by Bach, Paganini and Ysaye

Internationally renowned violinist Jonathon Glonek is presenting a special concert tour in Melbourne and regional Victoria this July. Glonek will perform a virtuosic program for violin including famous works by Bach, Paganini and Ysaye, as well as a unique work, written specifically for him by the late Ukrainian composer Mikhail Shukh.

"It is my fourth tour of rural and regional Australia to perform music that is not even heard very much in the cities," says Glonek. "I am always thrilled by the reception the work receives there and I am particularly excited this time to bring something truly unique - especially at this critical time for Ukraine."

Glonek travelled to Kyiv in 2002 as a guest of the Kyiv Festival Symphony where he performed as soloist in the Brahms Violin Concerto. Shukh had recently completed a work for chamber symphony that was also featured on the same program and had made a strong impression.

At the conclusion of the tour, the two men had become friends and remained in contact until Shukh passed away in 2019. "It was a very dark time after the annexation of Crimea when we were very concerned about where things might lead subsequently. But I had in mind to ask Mikhail to write a work for me and so, against that background of Russian menace, I formally commissioned the work."

Scheherezade is a four-movement symphonic work originally written by Rimsky Korsakov. It features many lush violin solos and is universally revered by musicians and audiences alike. Shukh's "Scheherazade's Dreams" takes the form of a series of variations on the themes of the original work. "It was the very first classical work I heard as child and the themes have still stayed with me to this day," says Glonek.

The work also shows the way that classical music can remain relevant to modern times. "There has been a real crisis in contemporary composition for some time as artists struggle to see to where to head next compositionally as culture evolves," Glonek says.

"That's especially difficult as technology such as AI encroaches on human creativity. And many modern works aren't meeting the challenge, being as inaccessible to both performer and audience alike.

"Shukh is a breath of fresh air. He had strong classical discipline and a tight, polished, focus on string instruments but best of all, you could see a real sense of repose in the audience as they respond to his music. A winning formula!"

Glonek's program will also include unaccompanied works by Bach, Paganini and Ysaye.

"Each of these works are each part of the violinist core repertoire and musical bible and with its breakneck virtuosic tempi and deeply lyric qualities, I believe Sukh's work has earned its place in such company and will become a popular mainstay of the repertoire," Glonek says.

This concert series is part of Glonek's ongoing project to bring Australia's finest musicians, playing the world's most important classical music, to rural and regional audiences who otherwise would not have the opportunity to hear it. "Classical music is a great gift to everyone, but there are not that many opportunities to hear it in the Bush," says Glonek. "I am trying to change that by bringing work that is not often played even in the cities to rural and regional audiences."

Tickets are now on sale for Solo Violin With Jonathon Glonek:

Friday 14 July 2023
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mozart Hall Warnambool, 2 Gilles St , Warnambool Victoria

Saturday 15 July 2023
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Commercial Hotel, 73 High St, Terang Victoria

Sunday 16 July 2023
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning, 333 North Boundary Road, Hamilton Victoria

Wednesday 19 July 2023
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Holy Trinity Church East Melbourne,
193 Hotham St, East Melbourne Victoria

Saturday 22 July 2023
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Bond St Event Centre, 10 Bond Street, Sale Victoria

Sunday 23 July 2023
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Iceworks Studio
5 Carpenter St, Lakes Entrance Victoria

For more information on the upcoming events, please see Jonathon Glonek's Facebook page.

Jonathon began touring internationally at the age of 12 and has since developed as a gifted violinist and serious performer. He has presented many challenging and serious programs in solo performances throughout Europe, The United States, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has also worked extensively organising and promoting serious classical repertoire to novice audiences in the belief that this can be accessed as a valuable experience by any person. In particular, has been strongly committed to bringing performance of classical music to rural communities in Australia and underprivileged communities in Southeast Asia who would not normally have this opportunity to hear such music.

He has given charity performances to local communities in Thailand and in Vientiane, Laos. Glonek moved to Los Angeles, aged 17, at the invitation of Russian-born American violinist and teacher Jascha Heifetz, to pursue serious musical studies while at UCLA on scholarship. He went on to study in the US and Europe with Alexander Treger, Tibor Varga, and Raymond Montoni. which gave Glonek a unique perspective encompassing on the philosophies of the great figures in 20th-century string playing; Auer, Flesch, Casals and Ysaye.

As a performer, Jonathon Glonek enjoys an unusually broad and flexible repertoire. He is recognised for his intense personal style in presenting dramatic and impactful accounts of these works. In the course of his performances, he has attracted strong critical acclaim for live performances across the range of this repertoire from J.S. Bach, classical sonatas, the romantic virtuoso medium and 20th-century works.



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