Julia Fischer in the spotlight | AspenTimes.com

Julia Fischer in the spotlight

Susannah Luthi
Special to The Aspen Times
Julia Fischer (Alex Irvin)

Last summer was 23-year-old German violinist Julia Fischer’s first in Aspen, when she played Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Aspen Chamber Symphony Orchestra.

But this week she’s coming back with a full “Evening With…” program today at 6 p.m. in the Benedict Music Tent.

Joined by friend and fellow performer, French pianist Jonathan Gilad, as well as by festival resident artists David Halen and John Graham and students, Fischer presents Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in A major and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. She opens with Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin in E minor.

“It’s always wonderful for me to meet new people through music,” Fischer says of getting to know her Aspen collaborators. “It is a much quicker way to understand another person by studying music with them.”

She makes a 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 featured appearance with Sinfonia, in which she will be playing Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D major with Aspen Music Festival and School students.

For Fischer, playing with students is one of the highlights of coming to the festival.

“The nice thing in Aspen is that you have the academy there, with students practicing every day, morning to evening,” Fischer said. “It’s a wonderful atmosphere for any musician who is allowed to play there.”