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documentary Natural born fiddler Valeriy Sokolov

Valeriy Sokolov

Natural born fiddler Valeriy Sokolov


A musical portrait of the young Valery Sokolov, the Ukrainian violin prodigy

"I had nothing of the child prodigy, I was nothing special. At the age of five, I was given a violin and told to play." It is in such terms that the very young Valery Sokolov, born in 1986 in Karkhov in the Ukraine, talks to Bruno Monsaingeon about his calling. Trained in his native town, he later perfects his technique at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London where Monsaingeon discovers him in 2003: "I had the feeling of complete instrumental ease, and above all, of a complete abandonment to the flow of the music he played. I told myself that it was essential to capture as soon as possible the fresh flow of Valeriy Sokolov's immense talent…"

To do so, Monsaingeon moves quickly, he records the young musician in concert in 2004, at the Saint-Pierre des Cuisines Auditorium in Toulouse where he is accompanied by pianist Svetlana Kosenko. From Beethoven to Prokofiev, from Ysaÿe to Bartók, from Saint-Saëns to Dvorak, Valeriy Sokolov expresses every facet of his budding art.



  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2
    • 1. Allegro con brio
    • 2. Andante cantabile
    • 3. Scherzo: Allegro – Trio
    • 4. Finale: Allegro
  • Sergei Prokofiev, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a
    • 1. Moderato
    • 2. Scherzo
    • 3. Andante
    • 4. Allegro con brio
  • Eugène Ysaÿe, Sonata for Solo Violin in D Minor, Op. 27 No. 3 "to Georges Enesco"
    • 1. Ballades – Lento molto sostenuto
  • Camille Saint-Saëns, Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
  • Béla Bartók / Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian Folksongs
  • Miroslav Skorikh, Spanish Dance
  • Antonín Dvořák / Louis Persinger, Songs my mother taught me


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  • Venue: Saint-Pierre des Cuisines Auditorium (Toulouse, France)
  • Production date: 2004
  • Recording date: 2004
  • Duration: 1 h 33 min
  • Production: © Idéale Audience / ARTE France
  • Available version(s): FR
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