CD of the Month for April 2014: Kashimoto’s Beethoven

  Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas.

Performed by Daishin Kashimoto (violin) and Konstantin Lifschitz (piano).

Violinist Daishin Kashimoto, 1st Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2009, has built a strong reputation as a soloist and as a chamber musician.


On this 4-CD box, he presents the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin, partnered by the distinguished Russian pianist Konstantin Lifschitz with whom he has performed over many years. 

Ludwig van Beethoven was only 27 years old when he composed his first ‘sonatas for piano and violin’ in 1797 but his writing was already assured and confident. He gave the violin equal status with the piano in these compositions intended for performance at aristocratic salons and middle-class drawing rooms.

Beethoven composed the final sonata in this series, the Opus 96, and it was dedicated to the French virtuoso Rodolphe Kreutzer. Beethoven completed it in 1812.

Born in London in 1979, Daishin Kashimoto began studying the violin with Kumiko Etoh in Tokyo at the age of three. In 1986, he became the youngest student at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School in New York City. Four years later, he moved to the Lübeck Musikhochschule to study with Dr. Zakhar Bron and, in 1999, to the Freiburg Musikhochschule, where he was a pupil of Rainer Kussmaul and from which he graduated in 2005. 

Here is Daishin Kashimoto, talking about and rehearsing these sonatas:  


And next, here is Daishin Kashimoto in a chamber music setting, performing the Brahms trio for piano, violin and horn: