Bomsori Kim and Camerata Salzburg in the Eberbach Cloisters

Bomsori Kim, violin, accompanied by the Camerata Salzburg plays Mozart (Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major KV 216 Symphony No. 40 in G minor KV 550) in the cloister of Eberbach Monastery/Photo: Ansgar Klostermann


Bomsori Kim is firmly convinced that Mozart himself was an outstanding violin virtuoso. The concerts would tell a lot about the master violinist Mozart, says the Korean, who, like the Viennese classicist himself, began playing the violin in early childhood. She is now one of the most sought-after young stars on the international concert podiums.

In 2019, she celebrated her debut in the Eberbach Cloister and was also involved last year when the monastery provided the atmospheric setting for the film project “All about Mozart.” This year she continues her expedition into the Mozart cosmos with the cycle of all violin concertos by the Salzburg master.

Yesterday, July 10, her devoted performance could also be admired in the cloister of the Eberbach monastery. Petite, extraordinarily pretty with impressive facial expressions, virtuous in her performance, extraordinary in her precision. She was accompanied by one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, the “Camerata Salzburg”, founded in 1952, conducted by the Israeli-Russian violinist and concertmaster Gregory Ahss.

“More beauty of sound than virtuoso trickery” that was true of Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto in G major, which the composer dated Sept. 12, 1775, according to the program booklet.

The serenity was followed by Symphony No. 40 in G minor. One of Mozart’s late symphonies, it is considered the high point of his total of 41 symphonies, but it also tells of the abysses. “While even a Beethoven years later in his two minor symphonies brings the redemptive turn to the major in the fourth movement, Mozart in the finale of his great G minor symphony refuses any sweeping mood. No path is taken from darkness to light,” writes Ruth Seibert in the program booklet.

This “40th” by Mozart always has the immense power to conjure up countless images in me in a matter of seconds and to catapult me into not too happy situations of the past, to bring them to life – also today here in the cloister. Fittingly: the branches of the mighty weeping willow, gently moved by the light wind.

Johanna Wenninger-Muhr

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