Charlotte Hawkins presents Smooth Classics at Seven on Sundays, from 7pm-9pm, on Classic FM.
Join Charlotte every week for a selection of laid back music specially selected to provide a moment of calm and relaxation before thoughts turn to Monday morning. The programme also includes Charlotte’s popular Young Classical Star feature.
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Charlotte's Young Classical Star this week is the South Korean violinist Bomsori. As a soloist, Bomsori has appeared at numerous venues worldwide, including the Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg. In June, she released her solo debut album on Deutsche Grammophon, Violin on Stage, which includes works written for or inspired by opera and ballet.
Sunday 8 August
24-year-old violinist Randall Goosby is Charlotte's Young Classical Star. He recently released his debut solo album Roots whilst studying under the renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. He began studying the violin at the age of seven and after gaining a place on the Perlman Music programme, he soon received a scholarship to The Juilliard School in New York. Randall is a passionate advocate for diversity in classical music and in his new album he champions the music of black American composers.
Sunday 15 August
Charlotte’s Young Classical Star is Kian Soltani, a 29-year-old Iranian cellist. He was born in Bregenz to a family of Persian musicians from Iran and began playing the cello at the age of four. Kian has held the post of principal cellist in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and has performed as a soloist with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Oslo Philharmonic and as part of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday celebrations at the Tanglewood Festival.
In 2018 he released his debut album on Deutsche Grammophon and has frequently collaborated with Daniel Barenboim.