An Vedi is a composer, songwriter, violinist and conductor. She is the youngest recipient of the Edward Elgar Medal (2019, the UK). An graduated from the Conservatory and Post-graduate studies with honors. She is a Member at the Recording Academy (Voting Member and Mentor), BMI, the Boston New Music Initiative, International Singer-Songwriters Association, Indie Collaborative, International Society for Jazz Arrangers and Composers, Musical Explorers by Carnegie Hall, International Association for Music and Medicine, Sisters In Music, International Conductors Guild, Modern Conducting Academy. An is a judge at several international music competitions and awards. As a composer, she composed over 100 works for orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles and individual instruments. As a songwriter, she has written over 300 songs. Since 2018, she has been conducting master classes for young musicians according to her individual method, which has been approved by music teachers from schools, colleges and universities. An Vedi actively collaborates with members of the Recording Academy, as well as Grammy®-nominated and winning artists.
Voices of Angels
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra «Voices of Angels» is dedicated to the memory of Zuzana Růžičková and the children who died in concentration camps during the Second World War. I saw one of these camps (Buchenwald) in 2016, and I experienced a deep shock from the very place where there were barracks with Jews, Poles, Russians and other peoples next to each other.
The first movement «Through the Times» is a tribute to the great music of the past. There are also echoes of music by Bach which Zuzana Růžičková loved so much, and an allusion to Mozart, and «Handel's Baroque». However, the movement ends ambiguously the last two bars are played in turn sul ponticello and sul tasto.
The second movement «Voices of Angels » is a tragic sarabande with an expressive melody in violin solo part, which has Jewish music motifs. There is a small cadenza in this movement, followed by a fragment of a medieval character a duet of violin and harpsichord, which is also an allusion t o a military march.
The third movement is «Rondo» written in the spirit of the finals of the Vivaldi and Bach concertos, which passes into the fourth movement a brief «Epilogue».