Violinist Augustin Hadelich not only moved from being a child prodigy to a successful adult musician, he did it despite spending years away from his training and performing. Now in his late twenties, Hadelich was just 15 when much of his upper body, including his face and right arm, were badly burned in a fire on his parent's vineyard in Tuscany. The doctors told him he would never play the violin again; the doctors were wrong. It took Hadelich two years to return to the stage as a world-class player, but after several skin grafts, corrective surgeries and excruciating therapy, he did. Today he's appearing with the Houston Symphony in a performance of Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2 as well as Tchaikovsky’s 5th.
As dramatic as his personal history is, Hadelich’s real story is about his talent. The New Yorker called him ''a young artist with no evident limitations.'' And in fact, few young violinists have Hadelich’s level of maturity and grace. That makes Bartók's lyrical and romantic Violin Concerto No. 2 the perfect showcase for his talents. English conductor Alexander Shelley will be at the podium for the program.
Thu., Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 3, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 4, 2:30 p.m., 2012