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Pei-Jee Ng recital for the Park Lane Group, London

Saturday, 1 August 2009 - 2:10pm

Park Lane Group, Purcell Room, London, 07/01/2009

The promotion of young talent has become so central to today’s music world that you wonder how artists ever established themselves in the past. But they did, and for more than 50 years they have had the Park Lane Group to help them. With a list of alumni including Thomas Adès, Steven Isserlis and the Belcea Quartet, the PLG Young Artists Series really has played a pivotal role in kick starting the professional careers of UK-based musicians. And the wonderful thing about its early January concerts is that everyone has carte blanche to be adventurous.

That certainly applied to Monday’s opening recitals, which juxtaposed established works with five premieres … The main evening recital was divided between Consortium 5 – a recorder quintet – and 24year-old Australian cellist Pei-Jee Ng … With Ng we finally got the real thing – an artist whose age is irrelevant to his musical maturity. To David Matthews’s Journeying Songs he lent a graceful inwardness, turning this minor masterpiece into a story told with wistful hindsight. To Daniel Kildane’s quietly impressive new Metamorphosis he brought stature, concentration and a beguiling range of sonorities. And to Britten’s Third Cello Suite he imparted a sense of the intimate and the epic. The music just falls from Ng’s fingers. He is one of those rare musicians who makes you unaware of technique – and eager to hear again.

Andrew Clark
The Financial Times (UK)

Pei-Jee Ng