"The Mendelssohn violin concerto. Is there a more widely loved piece for violin? Or a more recorded one for that matter? No would be most likely the answer to both those questions, and just several months ago my answer would also have been a quite firm NO to the question of whether I thought my version needed to be added to that very long list of recorded interpretations. But obviously something changed or else you would not be holding this booklet in your hands!
My relationship with this concerto started when I was 14 years old, at first with only the last movement until when I was 15 I finally got to play it fully. It was such a thrill, the first “adult” concerto I played; I still remember that excitement vividly. Over the course of the years I got to perform it many times and it always was a pleasure. At the same time, though, some things always loomed those many lessons I had, all the interpretations that came before me, and most especially the fact that for all its simplicity it is a very difficult concerto!"