On the 14th of May, Wigmore Hall will be filled with the harmonies of cello and piano as the 2007 Anders Wall Scholar and cellist Jakob Koranyi travels to London to perform. His approach to music has been described as elegant and simplistic in the sense of being pure and understated. Critics have described his playing as the perfect link between the composer and the present.
Koranyi began playing at a young age. Coming from a musical background, the inspiration was, and still is, drawn from his teachers, friends and family.
“I started playing as a 5-yearold and I think I grew into the role of a musician without even noticing”, says Jakob. “I decided rather early to aim for a music college.”
In 2007, Jakob received The Anders Wall Scholarship for cultural arts and it has meant a lot to him.
“The support from Anders Wall is in many ways so much more than a scholarship. He has followed my footsteps after the scholarship and contributed to projects I have presented for him. Together with the scholarship, his support has meant a great deal for me, and on many occasions been vital for the projects I have completed”.
Jakob’s career has had a phenomenal start with numerous awards on both national and international levels, winning first place in all the major classical music competitions in Sweden, including the prestigeous Soloist Prize awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He has played with some of the worlds most distinguished musical artists and conductors as well as the philharmonic orchestras of Stockholm, Helsinki and Bogota. While audiences vary, so do the responses.
“In Venezuela, I found that the coolest contrast to Sweden was the response, where people would be stood up cheering as I entered the stage. That’s not the worst way to be greeted! Jakob finishes by telling the Link: “I think the rest of the world could do with embracing this tradition.”
On the 14 May Jakob Koranyi will perform in Wigmore Hall together wth Juho Pohjonen on piano. The music of the evening will include works by the composers Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius and Dmitry Shostakovich.