• SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

    SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

  • SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

    SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

  • SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

    SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

  • SongHa Choi

    SongHa Choi

  • Gorka Plada Giron

    Gorka Plada Giron

  • SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

    SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

  • SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

    SongHa Choi & Gorka Plada Giron

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Youthful, vibrant and fresh – the duo of SongHa Choi on violin and and Gorka Plada Giron on piano gave us the most delightful one hour with a bag of pleasure to listen to.

Something good always happens out of bad news! When SongHa informed us that sadly her pianist Svitlana Kosenko had been injured and was unable to perform, it was certainly not a welcoming piece of information. Cancellations by musicians do happen time to time, they are human beings just like everybody else, and we are quite used to that. Nevertheless, it can cause a certain level of distress. This time, however, by the time SongHa had informed us, she had already taken the matter in hand and professionally handled the situation by provided the name of the replacement pianist and change to the programme. As a result, we gained Gorka, and the duo with the programme change brought an indisputable success.

Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano by Paul Shoenfield was the new addition to their programme, a piece which perhaps few have heard but which turned out to be a highlight of the concert. The rhythmical and catchy Samba saw the musicians push and pull, negotiate tosses and catches, and explore the ambiance. Through Tango the duo conveyed the exoticness by sweetly entangling the two instruments’ mellow sounds, with a hint of seduction. Square Dance was a jazzy feast which offered swinging rhythmic energy with a clean-cut sound by SongHa completed by Gorka’s equally energetic but warm approach.

Richard Wagner’s Albumblatt, arranged by August Wilhelmj, was a true melodic affair. The pure simplicity was touching and elevated the emotional level, with both musicians’ sounds so gentle and caring, showing unpretentious beauty.

Tchaikovsky’s Valse Scherzo was like a twirling wind had danced into the room. It seemed SongHa could whip this up on her fingertips; It was a masterful and skilful performance, with a lovely tone and particularly bouncy, vibrant notes on the G-string which made a beautifully engaged sonority.

All the above were preceded by Bach’s solo Sonata No.3, a 20-minute unspoiled bliss. By the time they wrapped up the concert with Kreisler’s Tambourin Chinois, the duo were met by an uproaring applause by the audience.

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 2000, South Korean violinist SongHa Choi was the Winner of the Senior Second prize and the Senior Audience prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in London in 2016. She has won a number of additional national and international competitions, including the 1st prizes at the 2015 Jeunesses Musicales International Violin competition, Hangukilbo competition, Eumyeon Music competition and Buam Music competition, and was a semi finalist at the 2018 Premio Paganini international Violin competition.

Born in 2002 in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain, Gorka Plada Giron showed his interest in music at a very early age. He began teaching himself the piano from the age of five, before joining the local music school three years later where he received piano tuition from Maria Jesús Durán.

In 2016, Gorka joined the Yehudi Menuhin School where he now studies piano with Marcel Baudet and was awarded a scholarship by the UK’s Music and Dance Scheme.

  • Bach:  Solo Violin Sonata No. 3
  • Wagner/Wilhelmj:  Albumblatt
  • Schoenfield:  Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano
  • Tchaikovsky:  Valse Scherzo