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Sound Magician's Dancing Mallets: The Bartholdy Ensemble and

the Marimba Player Tsuey-Jing Tai in Rheinfelden

The young Taiwanese lady Tsuey-Jing Tai, first prize winner of the 3rd International Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, was the soloist in the premiere performance of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh's Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra on 2 June 2002. Roswitha Frey wrote the following commentary in the local newspaper of the city of Rheinfelden, where the work was performed by the Bartholdy Ensemble and the soloist an additional time:

"A work commissioned by the Bartholdy Ensemble was at the centre of the concert - the Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra by the Azerbaijani woman composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (born 1947). It received its premiere at the International Marimba Competition in Stuttgart and was now performed in concert for the first time. It is thanks to Christian Sikorski, director of the Bartholdy Ensemble, that the city of Rheinfelden had the pleasure of presenting this performance. Sikorski values the music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh very highly; major musicians such as the cellist Yo Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet have commissioned works from her. The three-movement work includes a cadenza in which the composer simply gives five or six notes, inviting the soloist to write his or her own cadenza on them. The soloist Tsuey-Jing Tai proved herself to be a virtuoso soloist in terms of technique and a highly sensitive artist as well - a sound magician with the mallets. She moved around her instrument with an astonishing flexibility, drawing forth a great richness of timbres and effects from it."