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Polina Leschenko is already a favourite of both the Orchestra and Australian audiences from her previous collaborations with the ACO. With playing described as both exhilarating and sweet-toned, and technique that can swing from tender to explosive, Leschenko’s musicality will be on show in an intimate program featuring Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Piano, where she will be joined by Richard Tognetti. This concerto composed by the 14-year-old Prussian prodigy flows with youthful exuberance and an abundance of ideas.

Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, with its soaring lines and moments of ethereal beauty, is one of the most popular chamber pieces in the repertoire. Written when the composer was just 16, it was recognised as possibly the greatest accomplishment by any prodigy. Dare we say it – greater than Mozart?

In addition to his own musical legacy, we also have Mendelssohn to thank for rediscovering and repopularising JS Bach (his sister Fanny, also featured in this program, was a huge Bach fan as well). Here we’ll present an “Impromptu” Bach set, that in true salon style will change for each performance.

Details correct at time of publication

  • Fanny Mendelssohn 
    String Quartet in E-flat major: IV. Allegro molto vivace (arr. strings)
    Felix Mendelssohn
    Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings
    Bach
    "Impromptu" Set
    Felix Mendelssohn 
    Octet
  • Piano
    Polina Leschenko
    Director & Violin
    Richard Tognetti AO
    Featuring
    Australian Chamber Orchestra