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.