On April 5 and 6, Michael filled in on short notice for an ailing Nicola Benedetti in two performances of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Virginia Symphony.
VIRGINIAN PILOT April 7, 2008
Violinist Michael Ludwig was a last -minute replacement for Nicola Benedetti, who had been the scheduled soloist for the Mendelssohn concerto. His technical and interpretive skills were more than enough to make this a memorable performance as soloist. He tossed off runs and arpeggios with apparent ease and with excellent intonation and rhythmic precision. The fast outer movements were exciting because of Mendelssohn's development of the material and Ludwig's interpretation of it, but the slow middle movement was the emotional core. Its melodies were spun out with the skill of a great singer, with touching effect.