'If this movement demands a high level of virtuosity at the tempo Shaham has chosen, he and the Sejong Soloists display it in ample measure … Urgently recommended for all three performances and for the spacious recorded sound.'
'Shaham and his colleagues evidently impress by their sheer brilliance and phenomenal dexterity…'
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'The Sejong Soloists muster a propulsive verve in the first movement...Both Scherzo and Finale work best, the former because the half-lit filigree is beautifully realised, the latter thanks to the guiding hand of some exhilarating counterpoint.'
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Established in 1994, the New-York-based Sejong Soloists has established itself to be the premier string orchestra performing over 500 concerts in more than 100 cities on major stages across four continents. Envisioned as a “cultural ambassador“ by Artistic Director Hyo Kang, this unique ensemble brings together individually distinguished solo and chamber musicians hailing from eight different nations: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States, in performances, documentaries, television broadcasts, youth development activities, as well as philanthropic endeavors worldwide.
Renowned for its exceptional dynamic style with ranges of quartet-like precision to full orchestra resonance, highlights of Sejong Soloists include repeated performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center in the United States; Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London; Salle Gaveau in Paris, Suntory Hall in Japan, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, and the National Arts Theatre in Taiwan among many others. Sejong Soloists have served as ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival and as host ensemble for the Great Mountains International Music Festival in South Korea. Sejong Soloists has made appearances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, International Cello Festival in Manchester, England, La Jolla SummerFest in California, and the Taipei International Music Festival in Taiwan. The ensemble has released seven highly acclaimed albums, has been featured in several documentary films, and has made special appearances on various CNN programs hosted by Paula Zahn, as well as regular broadcasts on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and European Broadcasting Union.
Sejong Soloists has collaborated with artists such as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Kyung Wha Chung, Vladimir Feltsman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Sharon Isbin, Joseph Kalichstein, Garrick Ohlsson, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Jian Wang, and the Juilliard String Quartet. The group regularly performs outreach concerts and conducts master classes for students of all ages and levels.
Sejong Soloists is named after the 15th century Korean Emperor, Sejong the Great, who was an advocate of the arts. Sejong Soloists enjoys exceptional support from Samsung.
Sejong Soloists is an Honorary Ambassador of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games scheduled to take place in PyeongChang, South Korea.