One normally thinks of violinist Cho-Liang Lin and pianist Andre-Michel Schub as soloists, and highly regarded ones at that. This week they make their local debut as a duo, in a concert Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus.
The concert is, in fact, their debut nationally as a duo, the first stop on a multi-city tour that comes as a follow-up to a collaboration several years ago at Lincoln Center that resulted in an all-Stravinsky album the two went on to record for CBS."It's the first real tour we have done," Lin says by telephone from Cincinnati, where he is performing this weekend with the Cincinnati Symphony. "About a year ago we presented a recital in Carnegie Hall, but the warm-up dates for that were limited to the New York area."
Included on Tuesday's program will be what most regarded as the highlight of the Stravinsky disc, the Duo Concertant from 1932, as well as Grieg's Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano and the E flat major Violin Sonata of Richard Strauss. "There were people who requested the `Kreutzer' and the Brahms D minor," Lin says of their choices, "but we wanted to avoid the warhorses and provide a stimulating program."
Lin himself has recently entered into another chamber-music partnership, as violinist in a trio whose other members are pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Gary Hoffman. "We call ourselves the Bronfman/Lin/Hoffman Trio," he says, adding that they didn't think it necessary to come up with a special name. "For one thing we couldn't think of one."
So who gets top billing between him and Schub? "Andre," Lin says, explaining that the ICM publicity department regularly lists the pianist first, "like Ax and Ma. But I have no problems with Schub/Lin. Otherwise we're equals, and besides he's older than me."
Tickets to Tuesday's concert, sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City, are available at $12, either from Discriminator Music or at the door.