CBC TV story: World-renowned Canadian violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou has performed for the last time with a nearly 300-year-old violin worth $6 million in a tribute with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Canadian virtuoso violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou gives a very personal performance -- one last recordin with the London Symphony Orchestra with her famous, 278-year-old instrument.
It will be her last time on stage with a rare $6-million violin crafted in 1735 by famed Italian violin maker Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, and once played by the great Austrian violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler. It has been in her care for more than four years, on loan from a program that matches exquisite old violins with exquisite young players. And she will perform Beethoven’s 1806 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 – the same work, with cadenzas by Mr. Kreisler, that her father, in one of China’s first Western classical music concerts after the Cultural Revolution, performed the night she was born.
Joining Camerata Chicago & Maestro Drostan Hall, Ms. Hou performs at the National Museum of Health & Medicine’s Fall Gala at Chicago’s beautiful Murphy Auditorium.