With her vibrant, perfectly tuned, radiant tone, the violinist Mirijam Contzen not only gives the figurations the necessary virtuosic splendour but also allows the descant register of the long movement to glow with intensity.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 28.11.16, on the first performance of the Violin Concert no. 1. by Franz Clement
The German-Japanese violinist Mirijam Contzen is highly esteemed by the international musica world as a soloist, chamber musician, festival director and professor. Her playing unites grandeur and technical mastery in the realisation of sophisticated and polished performances.
Her longstanding collaboration with Reinhard Goebel reflects her profound interest in interpretive exploration. Together the two musicians tirelessly investigate the forgotten repertoire of the modern era, such as the violin concertos of Franz Clement, Thomas Linley and Franz Lamotte. Their recording of Clement's violin concertos with WDR Symphony Orchestra was hailed by the press as "spectacular" (Rondo), "a delicacy" (Concerti) and a "first rate recording" (The Guardian). The Diapason magazine awarded it with five Diapasons and it received the German Record Critics' Award (quarterly choice 02.2020).