The Belgian violinist and composer Henri Vieuxtemps was born in Verviers on February 17, 1820, he died on June 6, 1881 in a sanatorium near Algiers. In February 2020, his birthday turns 200.
Henri Vieuxtemps received his first violin lessons from his father. From 1828 to 1831 he studied violin at the Conservatory in Brussels. His first trips took him to Paris and Germany, where he met Robert Schumann and Louis Spohr, among others. In
Henri Vieuxtemps is considered one of the most important violinists of the 19th century. His compositional work includes seven violin concerts, two cello concerts, several other works for violin and orchestra or piano and numerous salon music.
The video shows the Korean violinist Kristin Lee with Henri Vieuxtemps’ composition “Souvenir d’Amerique” op.17 with variations on “Yankee Doodle”. She is accompanied by the American pianist Michael Mizrahi.