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Johan Dalene, violin, and Sahun Sam Hong, piano

Musical prelude · 2 PM

First Prize Winner at the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition and a 2019–2021 BBC New Generation Artist, 22-year-old Swedish phenom Johan Dalene delights audiences with his refreshingly honest musicality. He’s already performing in some of the great halls of Europe, tackling the great works in the violin repertoire. Don’t miss this chance to see a rising star on the ascendance, joined by the brilliant award-winning young pianist Sahun Sam Hong.

Johan Dalene

22-year-old violinist Johan Dalene is already making an impact on the international scene, most recently as the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize and First Prize at the prestigious 2019 Carl Nielsen Competition, which was broadcast to audiences worldwide on

Johan’s schedule includes performances with all the major Scandinavian orchestras and debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Sakari Oramo, Czech Philharmonic with Semyon Bychkov, and Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Christoph Eschenbach, as well as solo recitals at in London’s Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, New York. In April 2020, during lockdown in Sweden, Johan performed Bach’s Concerto for 2 Violins with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, alongside Janine Jansen. During the 2020/21 season, he was Artist in Residence with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing concertos, recitals and chamber music together with members of the orchestra.

Johan was recently selected as a European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Star, and during the 2021–22 season, performed solo recitals in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, while also engaging in Education, Learning and Participation work with diverse communities in cities across the ECHO network. Johan was also a BBC New Generation Artist from 2019–21, during which time he performed recitals, chamber music and concerti with the BBC orchestras, all broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Recording exclusively for BIS, Johan released his first recording album on the label in December 2019, featuring the Tchaikovsky and Barber Violin Concerti with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, with whom he was Artist in Residence in 2018–19. The album was praised by BBC Music Magazine as “one of the finest violin debuts of the last decade,” with Johan being hailed as a “musician of special sensibilities” (Gramophone) and a “highly gifted soloist” (RBB Kultur). Johan’s second disc, of Nordic recital music, was released in Spring 2021 and received a coveted Editors’ Choice from Gramophone Magazine as well as winning a prestigious Diapason D’Or.

Johan studies with Per Enoksson, Professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, as well as with Janine Jansen, and has also participated in masterclasses with a number of distinguished teachers including Dora Schwarzberg, Pamela Frank, Gerhard Schulz, and Henning Kraggerud. He has been awarded various scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, The Håkan Mogren Foundation Prize, Sixten Gemzéus stora musikstipendium, the G.T.Bäckmans Kulturstipendium, Norrköping Kommuns Kulturstipendium and Rolf Wirténs Kulturpris. Johan plays a Stradivarius violin from 1736, generously on loan from the Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation.


Sahun Sam Hong

Pianist Sahun Sam Hong was the winner of the 2017 Vendôme Prize at Verbier and received Second Prize at the 2017 International Beethoven Competition Vienna. He was also a recipient of a 2021 American Pianists Award, and finalist in the 2018 International German Piano Award and 2017 American Pianists Awards. On the roster of Young Steinway Artists since 2010, Hong has been featured as a guest soloist with orchestras including ORF-Vienna, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Camerata New York, Fort Worth, Richardson, Racine, Waco, Galveston, and Brazos Valley Symphony. He has performed in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, Église de Verbier, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center. In addition to performing, Hong is a prolific arranger of chamber music and orchestral works.




Selections from 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108

Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano

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