Charlie Siem: Debut Recital in Beijing

Review: Classical Idol at Beijing Concert Hall

On the 10th of September, Charlie Siem - “Classical Idol and Fashion Darling” - was presented in recital, officially launching the second half of the International Classical Performance Series 2016 at Beijing Concert Hall. In a departure from standard concerts, pre-performance guidance was provided for audience members. The guide was Chai Liang, a graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Juilliard School in New York and former Professor of Violin at the Central Conservatory of Music. He explained the works to be performed that evening in layman’s terms so that the audience could better understand the stories and the meaning behind the music. This format will be used throughout the entire season of the classical performance series at Beijing Concert Hall.

When speaking of Charlie Siem, the violinist born in 1986, people tend to refer to him initially as Wendi Deng’s boyfriend while acknowledging his multiple roles as a fashion model, musician and celebrity entertainer. However, last night, Charlie completely broke people's prejudices with his performance, proving himself through his music and demonstrating the charm of “the foxiest English contemporary classical violinist” on the stage of Beijing Concert Hall. Charlie presented the Beijing audience with masterpieces and sonatas such as Violin Sonata no. 9 "Kreutzer” by Beethoven, Violin Sonata no. 3 by Grieg, Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate and more. Dressed in a blue double-breasted retro suit, Charlie went on stage with his piano accompanist, Caroline Jaya–Ratnam. Smiling subtly, Charlie greeted the audience with a slight nod of his head in a polite, humble manner. Then he drew his bow across the strings. Charlie’s performance was a consummate display of skill. He captivated the audience with his extremely impressive playing, calm stage presence, handsome appearance and astonishing technique.

From September to December, there will be 11 great classical music performances given by artists such as 89-year-old pianist Paul Badura Skoda, Japanese violinist Ryo Goto, Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son, Chinese violinist Huang Mengla, pianist Chen Sa and more. They will exhibit their unique skills for the audience at Beijing Concert Hall.

Publication: China Art News
Date: 14 September, 2016​
Author: Zhang Yue​
Translation from the original Chinese:Cathy Ho
Editor: Elaine Cheung​​