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Anna-Liisa Bezrodny awarded the Musician of the Year Award for achievements and concert-activity by the Estonian Cultural Foundation ( read more here )
Passion and Balance, 19.3.2012Estonian National Symphony Orchestra brought a diverse program to concertgoers on Friday night; two Russian giants of modernism and a German romantic turned Finnish innovator. But the real gem was the bravura interpretation of the night’s featured soloist. Passing from the comfortable euphoniousness of Pacius, the complex emotive world of Shostakovich appeared. Anna-Liisa Bezrodny’s interpretation of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 gave form to the evening. Bezrodny’s is an impressive stage presence; confident and concentrated. Her focus over this quite long and varied violin concerto was nothing short of amazing. From the languid first movement to the concerto’s energetic conclusion, Bezrodny occupied her own musical space, and took concertgoers along for the ride. But for Bezrodny, the violin is practically another appendage. She has been playing the instrument since age two and comes from a family of distinguished musicians in Moscow. Her parents, her father a Russian and her mother a Finn, are professors at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where Bezrodny became a student. Her formal musical education and awards continued apace, and as a young woman she has travelled the globe winning plaudits along the way.
« Anna-Liisa Bezrodny is outstanding – technically brilliant and interpretatively virile. She is no mere performer: she is a real and true musician. Bezrodny’s performance was gripping and assured, over-arching and yet keenly responsive to the flickering shades and shadows of moods. Her playing is impassioned and has a surging pulse. Yet she has a clear head and is capable of coolly calculating her effects without losing spontaneity. When appropriate, she plays at white heat, thrillingly, combined with superb technique »