The Violin Alone

A Chance Encounter

What are the odds that a composer would meet the violinist in his mind’s ear, and that a violinist would meet the composer who writes the music from his dreams? It happened with Tchaikovsky and Leopold Auer, with Brahms and Joseph Joachim, with Shostakovich and Mitoslav Rostropovich. It has happened before, but it is very rare. Now it has happened for Eric Funk and Vilmos Oláh.

A Chance Encounter

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    The unlikely pairing of two modern visionaries, Vilmos Oláh, a Hungarian violin virtuoso, and Eric Funk, contemporary classical composer from the heart of Montana, has resulted in a new piece of music that pushes the boundaries of music and our notion of the possible. "Vili: Concerto for Violin Alone" is an extreme concerto in which its player must simultaneously play the solo and orchestra parts.

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