The flamboyant violinist shaking up classical music
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If you’ve promised yourself you’d try listening to classical music but never actually did, here’s a great occasion to do so. The prodigious classical violinist Hahn-Bin is coming to Soho Theatre this month with The Renaissance of Classic Music, a show that brings the quarantined musical genre in mainstream culture.
If you don’t know him already, Hahn-Bin, 24, is one of the most talented musicians of his generation. Not only do we love the crystal clear sound of his violin, but we also love his cheeky take on classical music that translates into dramatic make-up, glitter and leather costumes, an impressive Mohawk and – if you’re lucky – feather masks. Who said classical music and queer cabaret couldn’t go together?
Hahn-Bin has been mesmerising audiences for a few years already. He started playing violin at age five in Korea, his native country, and later moved to the US. At age 12 he performed at the Grammy Awards and got a standing ovation from Isaac Stern who gave him invaluable advice for his future career. Graduating from the Julliard School, Hahn-Bin was the first solo classical musician to perform at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New-York, where he played his Soliloquy for Andy Warhol in May 2011 in front of Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Lou Reed and Madonna, no less. This spring he even appeared on i-D Magazine, being the first classical artist to make the cover of the fashion mag.
If you need another proof that Hahn-Bin is freaking talented, here it goes: he collaborated with Madonna and Scissor Sisters on their new albums *squeaks*. Anyhow, we’ve honestly never seen anything like this before, and we’ve got goose bumps just watching this video:
HAHN-BIN: The Renaissance of Classical Music at the Soho Theatre
Wed 18 – Sat 21 July, 9.30pm
Sun 22 July, 4pm & 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 - £15
More details over on sohotheatre.com.
Words: Clemence Duron