Just got back from a truly sublime performance of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto by Sergey Khachatryan (along with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur). Khachatryan looks a lot younger than his 24 years (on stage tonight he looked more like a callow teenager than anything else) but he plays like a true virtuoso. By the time he was done with that glorious third movement I had tears streaming down my face. And I wasn't the only one either - I swear at least a third of the orchestra was crying.
Something tells me this is one violinist I'm going to be hearing a lot more of.