16-year-old Nate Strothkamp, winner of Portland Youth Philharmonic’s 2019 Concerto Competition, will perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold‘s Violin Concerto with the orchestra on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Skyview High School and Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Learn more about the piece in these program notes written by Nate!
Erich Wolfgang Korngold ( 1897-1957 ) was an Austrian composer known for many of his Hollywood film scores. During the Hitler regimen, he vowed to compose movie music entirely, which enabled him to support his kin. however, following World War II, Korngold returned to his unfinished orchestral works. One of those was his Violin Concerto, which is dedicated to Alma Mahler, the wife of his childhood teacher Gustav Mahler. The concerto, originally intended for violinist Bronisław Huberman, was premiered by Jascha Heifetz after Huberman became ill. Heifetz’s performance received senior high school praise and efficaciously inducted the concerto into the standard repertoire. Many of the concerto’s second themes are based on Korngold’s sulfur film scores, which enhances the audience’s rejoice in listening to the glare and grandeur the concerto has to offer.
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Brahms ’ rich Symphony No. 4 lights up our winter concert on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Skyview High School and Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
“ Gigantic, altogether a law unto itself, quite new, steely individuality. Exudes unparalleled energy from first base eminence to last, ” conductor Hans Von Bülow noted after the first rehearsal with his orchestra of Brahms ’ fourth symphony. With this work, Brahms made his summational argument for the life force and relevance of the symphonic phase, which many think had gone moribund after Beethoven. His was a controversial stand to take when the music and arts earth was gearing up to move past its authoritative inheritance to the radical experiment of the twentieth hundred. Yet Von Bulow rightly called this symphony “ modern ”, in that Brahms stretched its four traditional movements to heartrending courtly and emotional heights and depths.
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16-year-old Nate Strothkamp, winner of the 2019 PYP Concerto Competition
Congratulations to Nate Strothkamp, winner of the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s randomness 2019 Concerto Competition. As separate from his loot, he will perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold‘s Violin Concerto with the orchestra on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Skyview High School and Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Nate is a sixteen-year-old violinist from Portland, Oregon. He began playing at senesce five with Edie Bennett and immediately studies with Carol Sindell. Nate serves as co-concertmaster in the Portland Youth Philharmonic and plays with the PYP Camerata chamber orchestra. Nate has had the opportunity to play for celebrated artists including Ida Kavafian, Bella Hristova, Charlie Castleman, Janet Guggenheim, Hilary Hahn, and Peter Zazofsky. His rage for music led him to the Castleman Quartet Program in Fredonia, NY and the 2019 Boston University Tanglewood Institute where he was a concertmaster of the Young Artists Orchestra and selected to play in a masterclass with Hilary Hahn.
In August 2018, Nate has named a semi-finalist and ambassador in the countrywide Classics Alive Young Artists Competition. In 2019, he won moment station in the OSAA State Violin Solo Competition. Nate placed beginning in the Great Composers “ Music of the nineteenth Century ” contest and won second gear set in the 2019 state-level MTNA Senior Performance Competition. In December 2019 he was selected as the winner of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Nate is a sophomore at the Oregon Episcopal School where he enjoys running for the cross-country and track teams and playing with the Advanced Strings Ensemble. Nate enjoys volunteering as a mentor for PYP ’ mho Young String Ensemble and as a violin coach for Project Prelude, a student-run nonprofit organization that aims to expand the handiness of music education to
students from economically disadvantaged schools through free music lessons.

When he is not playing his violin, Nate enjoys listening to authoritative music, photography, and playing with his dog, Moose.

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