Paul Huang (violin) Taiwan Philharmonic/Jun Märkl

A nearly imperceptible beginning to Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy exploded with emotion in just moments in the expert hands of violinist Paul Huang. His masterful bow control and fast vibrato contributed to a rich, sustained sound in the first movement. The start of the ‘Auld Rob Morris’ tune was played perfectly, with balanced double-stopping and a simplicity and beauty that captivated the ear. The following Allegro was launched by an energetic orchestral introduction that set the stage for Huang’s lively entrance, replete with effortless runs and trills. At times it was unclear which was more impressive: Huang’s nonchalance in the face of a virtuosic score, or the immense fun he was having with the music and the orchestra – which was a delight. Huang’s dolce playing in the third movement was enchanting, with seamless lines and tender emotion. The brilliant double-stopped runs at the start of the finale were tossed off with aplomb, humour and precision; Huang’s facility was consistently impressive. The audience responded with great enthusiasm and his encore – John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices – was spellbinding.

Leah HollingsworthThe Strad Magazine