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Violinist Soovin Kim, winner of the Paganini Competition at age 20, makes his Berkshires debut at Close Encounters With Music this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mahaiwe.

PREVIEW: Trios by Mendelssohn and Smetana (as you’ve never heard them before)

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By Friday, Apr 27, 2018 Arts & Entertainment

Pianist Roman Rabinovich, Winner of the Arthur Rubenstein International Competition, joins Soovin Kim at Sunday’s concert.

Great Barrington — Any time a champion Paganini specialist takes to the concert stage along with a winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, virtuosic sparks are bound to fly in all directions, regardless of the repertory. But if two such prodigies happen to undertake, say, piano trios by Felix Mendelssohn  and Bedřich Smetana, then you can expect them to transcend the flashy Eddie-Van-Halen-meets-Liberace sensibilities of Liszt and Paganini, and to draw upon the full breadth of their own creative powers.

Yes, one could wait a lifetime before witnessing such a perfect storm, but Edge readers will wait only a couple of days, because at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Close Encounters With Music  will present violinist Soovin Kim, winner of the Paganini Competition at age 20, and Roman Rabinovich, winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, performing — of all things! — Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C minor and Smetana’s Piano Trio in G minor.
CEWM’s April 29 concert at the Mahaiwe is an opportunity to observe two up-and-coming young virtuosos at the very peak of their artistic power. Soovin Kim will be making his area debut. Roman Rabinovich has appeared (to considerable acclaim) in past CEWM concerts.


Yehuda Hanani, Artistic Director of Close Encounters With Music, accompanies two young piano virtuosi at Sunday’s concert.

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