"Subito" by Julia Hwang released by St John's

Posted on: 10 June 2017

– the debut album by Music finalist and violinist Julia Hwang –

"Subito" by Julia Hwang (Photo Credit Estro Studios)

We are delighted that Subito – the debut album by violinist Julia Hwang, accompanied by pianist Charles Matthews – has been released on the "St John's" recording label with Signum Records. It is the first soloist album on the imprint.

Julia, who is a finalist in Music at St John’s, is already highly accomplished as a performer: she gave her professional solo début with the English National Baroque Orchestra at the age of nine, and has had numerous engagements with professional ensembles as well as on television and radio. Her instrument is a Peter Guarnerius of Mantua (c.1698) on generous loan from the Alderson Trust. In 2015, she was appointed to become a cultural ambassador for the BRACE Alzheimer’s Society, alongside broadcasters Jonathan Dimbleby and Martyn Lewis.

As her very first solo album, the recording is very important to Julia: “Subito presents a personal recital.  The individual pieces all reflect – in some part – my journey with the violin through adolescence, and it has been a real pleasure working with such an inspiring and supportive team.”

Julia has been supported by our Director Andrew Nethsingha throughout the project, and he is thrilled about the recording: “I will never forget the first time I heard the radiant playing of Julia Hwang (another Cliftonian, as it happens) and I am so grateful to the late Sir David Willcocks for having encouraged her to apply to study at St John’s.”

“It is my hope that this disc, released in the month of Julia’s graduation, will help catapult her – SUBITO! – onto her rightful place on the world’s stage.”

The disc was recorded at the Britten Studio in Snape Maltings, and it includes Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending (which Julia performed as part of a BBC4 documentary on the nation’s favourite composition in 2012), Subito by Witold Lutosławski, and Wieniawski’s Fantasie brilliante sur des motifs de l’Opéra Faust de Gounod. The disc is accompanied by some fantastic music notes from Richard Bratby (the booklet also includes a Korean translation).

Subito was formally launched at a recital of music from the disc in College on Friday, 16th June at the Old Divinity School. It is already available to purchase at these online retailers as well as at Heffers Bookshop in Cambridge.

Julia Hwang records at Snape Maltings

Julia and Charles during recording at Britten Studio in Snape Maltings, with Julia's mother page-turning

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