Barbara Doll

Violin: Barbara Doll

The meeting with the art of Barbara Doll was one of the happiest moments of my life. Her playing is of brilliant creative authority and suggestive power.”

Sofia Gubaidulina

 

 Barbara Doll set an impressively high standard at the Wigmore Hall…
Her absolute technical control coupled with an innate musical understanding was apparent from the outset…Dolls potent command of the Romantic repertoire was apparent in Strauss’s Violin Sonata in E-flat major; she never over- sentimentalised, her broad, free-wheeling vibrato always subservient to demands of phrasing and tone colour.”


THE STRAD

 

Barbara Doll performs in the international music scene both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Since 2014 she is professor of violin at the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland, having hold a similar position at the University of the Arts in Bern since 2004.

Barbara has given concerts at such venues as the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Gasteig in Munich and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, as  soloist e.g. with the English Chamber Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.  A passionate chamber musician both as violinist and violist she is a regular guest at Chamber Music festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival, Steven Isserlis’ Chamber Music Festival Prussia Cove  or the Ravinia Festival, USA, partnering artists as Miriam Fried, Homero Francesch, Heinz Holliger, Patricia Pagny, Silke Avenhaus, Adrian Oetiker, Filippo Gamba, Christopher Hinterhuber,  Nicolas Altstaedt, Natalie Clein, Dieter Flury and Dimitri Ashkenazy.

 

For nearly 20 years Barbara has formed a duo with the pianist Cristina Marton- Argerich. Their interpretations of both mainstream and rarely performed repertoire have been internationally acclaimed for their personal and authentic approach.

 

Since 2014 Barbara is a member of the ARIA String Quartet.

 

Barbara Doll was born near Munich. She was taught by Ana Chumachenko in Munich, Thomas Zehetmair and Thomas Brandis in Berlin and David Takeno in London. Masterclasses with Sandor Vegh, Ivry Gitlis and  Gyorgy Kurtag had an important impact on her.

Barbara is a laureate of the International Schubert Competition Graz, winner of the Schubert Prize, and of the Kuhmo International Duo Competition, Finland.

 

Barbara Doll has been guest leading and directing prestigious chamber orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Basle Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé, the Ensemble Resonanz and the German Kammerakademie Neuss. For nearly twenty years she has been playing in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, often under Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

 

Barbara lives with her husband and two children in Zurich.

 

www.barbaradoll.net

Ava Bahari

Ava Bahari är född 10 november 1996 i Göteborg. Hon började spela fiol vid tre års ålder och åtta år gammal uppträdde hon för första gången som solist på konserthuset i Göteborg. Efter att under sju år ha studerat hos Professor Terje Moe Hansen vid Musikhögskolan i Oslo fortsätter hon nu sina violinstudier för konsertmästaren vid Göteborgs symfoniorkester Per Enoksson, gästprofessor vid Edsbergs musikinstitut i Stockholm.

Hon har även deltagit i mästarklasser för bland annat Boris Kuschnir och Zachar Bron, och 2011 i Music Academy i Kronberg, där hon bland annat fick undervisning av världsledande musikpedagoger som Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff och Ana Chumachenko.

Sedan debuten har hon haft solokonserter i Sverige, Norge och Danmark vid ett stort antal tillfällen. Ava har också medverkat som solist vid konserter med Göteborgs Akademiska orkester, Oscar Fredriks sinfonietta och symfoniorkestrarna i Göteborg, Malmö och Borås.

År 2011 uppträdde hon som solist i sex skolkonserter tillsammans med Göteborgs Symfoniorkester i Mendelssohns violinkonsert.

Ava har vunnit ett antal musiktävlingar. 2007 fick hon första pris i en violintävling sponsrad av Musik i Syd och arrangerad i samarbete med Musica Vitae och Stråkforum. Året därefter fick hon som solist framföra sitt tävlingsbidrag med Malmö symfoniorkester.

I tävlingen Öresundssolist 2009, som ägde rum i Köpenhamn, vann hon första pris i avdelningen för yngre deltagare.

I april 2010 kvalificerad hon sig till den prestigefyllda Yehudi Menuhin-tävlingen. Ava var den enda representanten från Sverige i klassen för ungdomar upp till 20 år, och var därmed en av de 20 bästa i sin åldersgrupp från hela världen.

Januari 2012 vann hon Polstjärnepriset, vilket är en av de största tävlingarna i Sverige för unga klassiska musiker.

Ava har också mottagit musik- och kulturstipendier, bland annat från Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för forskning och kultur, Kungl. Vetenskaps- och Vitterhetsamhället i Göteborg och Willinska Stiftelsen.

Arve Tellefsen

ARVE TELLEFSEN VIOLINIST
Arve Tellefsen is one of the most highly regarded violinists in Europe and performs with leading orchestras across the globe.
“… there were times when he made the Shostakovich a bigger, more cohesive work even than did his dedicatee, David Oistrakh”

The Daily Telegraph, London.

Arve Tellefsen has worked with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Arvid Jansons,     Herbert Blomstedt, Gary Bertini, Evgeny Svetlanov, Bryden Thomson, Neeme Järvi,     Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Walter Weller and Zubin     Mehta. In the UK, he has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, the London     Philharmonic, the Hallé, BBC Scottish, BBC Welsh, the Liverpool Philharmonic     and the Royal Scottish National orchestras.
His discography includes concertos by Carl Nielsen, Shostakovich, Bach, Beethoven,     Bruch and Sibelius, as well as concertos by Scandinavian composers: Tor Aulin,     Franz Berwald, Lars-Erik Larsson, Johan Svendsen, Christian Sinding, Fartein     Valen, Arne Nordheim and Alfred Janson. In 1997 he gave the world premiere     of the Violin Concerto dedicated to him by Arne Nordheim, Norway’s foremost     contemporary composer, with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on Sony Classical.
As a chamber musician, Tellefsen has taken part in festivals all over the     world, including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Bath Festival, Gidon Kremer’s     Festival in Lockenhaus, Barbara Hendricks’ Festival in Montreux and the     Pablo Casals Festival in Prades.
Arve Tellefsen founded the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, which takes place annually and attracts     the cream of international artists, including Anne Sofie von Otter, Randi     Stene, Solveig Kringlebotn, Elizabeth Nordberg-Schulz, Barbara Hendricks,     Liv Ullmann, Jan Garbarek, Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Yuri Bashmet,     Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Angela Hewitt, Hagen Quartet, Hilliard Ensemble,     Jordi Savall, Rolf Lislevand and Maria João Pires.
Tellefsen broadcasts regularly for the BBC; in Norway he featured in a series     of television programmes with the Oslo Philharmonic focusing on classical     music. He was music consultant and soloist on the soundtrack of the feature     film Sofie, Liv Ullmann’s directorial debut.
Born in Norway, Tellefsen continued his studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory     of Music with Professor Henry Holst, before moving to New York to study with     Professor Ivan Galamian.
He has recently recorded Edvard Grieg: Complete Violin Sonatas with pianist     Håvard Gimse at Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen, for Sony Classical.     His latest recording is music by the famous Norwegian violinist and composer     Ole Bull (1810-1880) on Simax label.

Alissa Margulis

Aurora Chamber Music Scholarship 2011

The Guardian” describes Alissa Margulis’s playing as „exceptional”, Ivry Gitlis praises it as ”a revelation”.

Appreciated for her expressive and very emotional performances, Alissa Margulis regularly plays in important concert halls such as the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmony, the Vienna Musikverein, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Izumi Hall in Osaka, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Tel-Aviv Art Center, Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Walton Arts Center Chicago, the Schönberg Hall in Los Angeles or the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov.

She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists and has performed since then with numerous orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltica, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Beethovenorchester Bonn, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWR and the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the Oxford Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lorraine and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Her many prizes at international music competitions include those at the Wieniawski Competition in Poland, the Spohr Youth Competition, the Novosibirsk Violin Competition, Viotti Vercelli Competition in Italy, the Osaka Chamber Music Competition, the UNISA String Competition in Pretoria, the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence, Alissa Margulis received the Award for Young Artists by the European Foundation for Culture.

Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Lilya Zilberstein and Paul Badura-Skoda.

She appeared further at the Davos Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Encuentro di Musica Santander, the Gstaad Festival Yehudi Menuhin, the Oleg Kagan Festival Kreuth, the Kronberg Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival, the Martha Argerich Presents: Odyssey  in Ljubljana, the Progetto Martha Argerich Festival of Lugano, the Radio France Festival in Menton at Côte d’Azur, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Tours Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Herbstfestspiele Baden-Baden and the Verbier Festival.

EMI Classics released several CDs of the „Martha Argerich and Friends” cycle with Alissa Margulis’s participation on which she can be heared performing chamber music works and sonatas by Schnittke, Messiaen, Shostakovich, Piazzolla among others.

Alissa Margulis has been presented in numerous productions for international radio stations and is also featured on a TV broadcast of Arte devoted to the Chamber Music Connects the World project.

She plays a Guadagnini Violin dated 1754, a private loan from Jonathan Moulds.

Alex Robson

Alex Robson works as a freelance musician in Norway and Sweden. A lot of distinguished leader jobs in such orchestras as Bergen Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and The Trondheim Soloists.
Leader of Aurora String Quartet.

Alex also plays frequently with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.Have played under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Andrew Litton and Kristjan Järvi. Also played several times on tour with Anne Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell,Leif Ove Andsnes,Truls Mørk and Ole Edward Antonsen.

Alex also enjoys teaching and coaching chamber groups and occasionally leads Bodø Sinfonietta. Leads the second violins in Swedens Camerata Nordica.

He have toured all over the world with different orchestras, like : North and South America,all over Europe and Asia. Performed several times as soloist i.e Tchaikovsky , Bruck,Schnittke and Mozart concertos.

Alex’s heart lies within the chamber music repertoire . Especially string quartet and chamber orchestra.

Olivier Charlier

Olivier Charlier is a modest man who has never courted the media but has made a name for himself as one of the finest violinists of his generation. He showed a precocious talent, graduating with a Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) at the age of fourteen, then reaping prizes at international competitions, including Munich, Montreal, Helsinki (Sibelius), Paris (Jacques Thibaud), Indianapolis, and New York (Young Concert Artists). Great artists such as Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng spontaneously took the brilliant young musician under their wing. 
Olivier Charlier is a fine representative of the French school of violin playing (that of Jacques Thibaud, Ginette Neveu, Christian Ferras) on stages all over the world. He has given concerts with about fifty different French orchestras, including all those of Paris (Orchestre National, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonique de Radio France, Opéra, Ensemble Orchestral, etc.), and all the regional orchestras (Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lille, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Cannes, Nice, etc).
He also appears regularly with major international orchestras: London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, CBSO, Berlin Symphony, Hamburg and Saarbrücken Radio Orchestras, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk, Tonhalle Zurich, Netherlands Philharmonic, the orchestras of The Hague, Monte-Carlo, Prague, Zagreb, New York, Montreal, Quebec, Mexico, Tokyo, Sydney, and so on.
Olivier Charlier’s active recording career reflects his eclecticism ; it includes (for Chandos) the violin concertos by Dutilleux (‘L’arbre des songes’), Lalo (Russian Concerto and Concerto in F), Edward Gregson, Gerard Schurmann (all of them with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) and the Roberto Gerhard Concerto (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra); (for Erato) the Mendelssohn Concertos with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and Lawrence Foster; (for EMI France) Saint-Saëns with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. Olivier Charlier appears regularly with outstanding international orchestras such as Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle Orchestre Zurich, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, CBSO Birmingham, Residentie Orchestre of The Hague, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Munich, Hamburg, Saarbrücken, Budapest, Prague, Monte Carlo, Turin, New York, Pittsburgh, Montréal, Mexico, Sydney, Tokyo… Mr. Charlier has a distinguished recording career, including many violin
concertos: (for Chandos) Dutilleux L’arbre des Songes, Lalo (Russian concerto and concerto in F), Edward Gregson, Gerard Schurmann, (all with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra), Roberto Gerhard’s concerto (BBC Symphony), Mendelssohn’s both concertos with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo and Lawrence Foster (Erato), Saint-Saens with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Katorow (EMI France). He recorded as well numerous French sonatas with Jean Hubeau: Franck, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Pierné, Vierne (Erato), and sonatas by Schumann, Grieg, and Beethoven with Brigitte Engerer (Harmonia Mundi). Olivier Charlier is professor of violin at the Paris Conservatory, and regularly jury member at international violin competitions: Paris Long-Thibaud, Indianapolis, Hanovre, Munich, Helsinki Sibelius…

Eszter Haffner

Violin

ARISTS HOMEPAGE: CV AND PHOTO

Eszter Haffner, 1969 in Budapest geboren, kam bereits mit 13 Jahren in die Begabten-Klasse an der Budapester Musikakademie zu Professoren wie András Kiss, Ferenc Rados und György Kurtág. Nach dem Abschluß ihres Studiums in Budapest setzte sie dieses an der Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien bei Gerhard Schulz und Josef Sivó fort und erhielt 1993 ihr Diplom mit einstimmiger Auszeichnung und dem Würdigungspreis des Kulturministeriums. 1995 absolvierte sie in Holland ein Gaststudium bei Viktor Libermann und Philip Hirschhorn sowie 1987-1995 verschiedene Meisterkurse bei Lorand Fenyves, Sándor Végh, Alberto Lysy, Tibor Varga und Igor Ozim. 1991 feierte Eszter Haffner ihr Debut im Goldenen Saal des Wiener Musikvereins.

Eszter Haffner war Stipendiatin der Alban-Berg-, der Martha-Sobotka, der Erasmus-, der Janecek- und der Ziehrer-Stiftung in Wien, sowie des PE Förderkreises in Mannheim. Sie ist Preisträgerin zahlreicher internationaler Wettbewerbe: u. a. Koncz János Violinwettbewerb in Szombathely (1980), Concertino Praha (1982), Jugend musiziert (1984), Internationaler Kammermusikwettbewerb in Trapani (1989), Internationaler Kammermusikwettbewerb in Caltanissetta und Trapani (1990), Stefani Hohl Violinwettbewerb in Wien (1992). 1991 wurde ihr für ihre künstlerische Tätigkeit die österreichische Staatsbürgerschaft verliehen.

Sie wirkte bei unzähligen Musikfestivals wie Menuhin Festival Blonay, Festival Sion, Prussia Cove Festival, Brighton Festival, Römerberg Festival, Gendarmenmarkt-Festival, Bates Festival, Montana Festival, Kezar Falls Festival, Brahms Tage Mürzzuschlag, Neuberger Kulturtage, Bregenzer Festspiele, Schubertiade, St. Gallen Festival, Klangbogen Wien Porto Gruaro Festival, Cervantino Festival Mexico, Festival Tamaulipas Mexico, Festtage Rapottenstein, Haydn Festspiele Eisenstadt, Styriarte Graz, Macau Festival, Vienna Festival Hongkong, Taipei Festival, Casals Festival in Prades und Villa Musica/Rheinland-Pfalz mit.

Als Solistin und Kammermusiker (Violine und Bratsche) trat Eszter Haffner mit Künstlern wie Gerhard Schulz, Thomas Kakuska, Valentin Erben, Clemens Hagen, Wolfgang Schulz, Alexander Lonquich, Alexei Lubimov, François Benda, Pamela Frank, Christian Altenburger, Leonard Hokanson, Altenberg Trio, Haydn-Trio, Franz Bartolomey, Artis Quartett, Stefan Vladar, Lars Anders Tomter, Patrick Demenga, Wiener Streichsextett, Ulf Rodenhäuser, Martin Ostertag, Melvyn Tan, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Markus Schirmer, Bruno Pasquier, Philliphe Mueller, Michel Lethiec, Hartmuth Rhode, Michaela Martin, Arto Noras, Wladimir Mendelssohn, Nicolas Chumachenco, Hagai Shaham, Ulf Wallin und Dirigenten wie Marko Letonja und Adam Medveczky auf.

Als Pädagogin sammelte Eszter Haffner Erfahrungen an der Wiener Universität für Musik, als Vertragslehrerin und Assistentin in der Klasse von Gerhard Schulz, sowie regelmäßig bei Violin- und Kammermusikkursen (a. u. Neuberger Kulturtage, Casals Festival in Prades, Villa Musica/Rheinland-Pfalz, Masterclass Montana, Bates College, in Bozeman, Honkong, Taiwan und an der Toho Universität Tokio).

Seit 2002 ist sie Professorin an der Kunstuniversität Graz und ab September 2011 auch an der Danish Royal Academy of Music in Kopenhagen. 1993 gründete sie mit Teresa Turner Jones und Rudolf Leopold das Haffner Trio und hat mit diesem Ensemble bereits mehrere CDs mit Werken von Martinu, Kodaly, Schönberg, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms und Mozart aufgenommen. Weiters spielte sie Mozarts Sinfonia concertante (mit Bettina Gradinger) und im Auftrag der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank eine CD mit Schubert, Schumann und Eisler (mit Christian Schuster) ein.

Sie spielt die ”ex Hamma Segelmann”-Violine von Michelangelo Bergonzi (Cremona, 1750) aus der Sammlung der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank.

Philippe Graffin

Violin

ARISTS HOMEPAGE: CV AND PHOTO 


Philippe Graffin’s individual style of playing and outstanding achievements have placed him among the finest of French violinists. A student of the late Joseph Gingold and Philipp Hirschhorn, Graffin’s interpretations of his native repertoire compelled Gramophone magazine to proclaim ”his understanding of the idiom is second to none,” while his charismatic and imaginative performances of the mainstream and contemporary repertoire have been praised throughout the world by audiences and reviewers alike.

Philippe’s ever-questing mind led him to rediscover original settings of classics such as Chausson’s Poème and Ravel’s Tzigane. He has also brought back to life the forgotten violin concertos of Fauré, Saint-Saëns and the English composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Frederick Cliffe, as well as championing rare sonatas such as the Bruno Walter, thereby expanding the repertoire.

Philippe has shared the stage with some of the greatest musicians of our time: Lord Menuhin, Rostropovich, Martha Argerich, Sergei Commisiona, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Additionally he regularly partners the cellists Gary Hoffman, Truls Mork, pianists Pascal Devoyon, Stephen Kovacevich, Claire Désert, Olli Mustonen and the Chilingirian Quartet to name but a few.

As concerto soloist, he has performed all over Europe with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, The Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Hague’s Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Czech Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 he performed the Coleridge-Taylor Violin Concerto at the BBC Proms and in 2010 at the Three Choirs Festival he will play the Elgar Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Norrington to mark the centenary of the work’s première

Philippe Graffin is the founder and artistic director of ”Consonances”, the international chamber music festival of St Nazaire, France and is invited regularly to appear at the major chamber music festivals across Europe and the United States. He has also appeared in the BBC Proms.

Contemporary music forms an essential part of Philippe’s interests. A number of composers have written for him. Most recently Rodion Shchedrin has written a concerto for Graffin, Concerto Parlando for violin, trumpet and strings of which he has given the first performances in France, Russia and the UK in a London performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Lithuanian composer Vytautas Barkauskas received the 2004 Lithuanian National Prize for Art for his violin concerto ”Jeux”, which he dedicated to Philippe. Graffin also premiered Barkauskas’s Duo Concertante for violin and viola with Nobuko Imai at the Vilnius Festival. David Matthews wrote his 2nd violin concerto for Philippe and Yves Prin, Vassili Lobanov and Philippe Hersant have written solo pieces for him. This year Philippe Hersant wrote Rhapsodie, a piece for violin and luthéal. Graffin gave the world première in September 09 in Saint-Nazaire.

Philippe has made numerous landmark recordings. For Hyperion his recordings include the Ysaÿe sonatas, the complete Chausson chamber music, the three Saint-Saëns violin concertos , a collection of rare French works for violin and orchestra and rare sonatas of Pierre de Breville and Joseph Canteloube for Hyperion. For Avie Records recordings include the world première recording of the Violin Concerto of Afro-English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a recital disc of Debussy, Enesco & Ravel, Elgar’s Violin Concerto, coupled with Chausson’s Poème in original manuscript versions, shortlisted for the Gramophone awards and a double CD of Mozart duos and the Sinfonia Concertante with Nobuko Imai. He has also recorded Miklos Rosza’s Sinfonia Concertante with Raphael Wallfisch for ASV. Graffin’s most recent recordings include a virtuoso recital CD ’Hungarian Dances’ on Onyx Classics and a highly successful recording of rare works for violin and orchestra of Frederick Delius for Dutton Vocalion. (Editor’s choice Classic FM Magazine, Nov.09). Forthcoming releases include the world première recording of Shchedrin’s Concerto Parlando and a Schumann CD, both on Onyx Classics.

Last season included returns to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Lithuanian National Philharmonic, a tour to Taiwan with the Karl Weigl concerto and performances in the US of the Coleridge-Taylor Violin Concerto with the New Haven Symphony. Graffin gave the first performance in over 100 years of the Frederick Cliffe violin concerto at the English Music Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and in a concert at Wigmore Hall to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin he worked with the London Sinfonietta as both soloist and conductor. Recitals included concerts in Cambridge and London with pianist Claire Désert, concerts in Gstaad with Jeremy Menuhin and Turku with Olli Mustonen. He also gave performances at the Wigmore Hall and at the Sion Festival in Switzerland of his children’s story, The Hidden Fairy, with the actress Marie-Christine Barrault.

2009/10 includes his début in Italy with the Orchestra di Padova et del Veneto, a return to the Johannesburg Philharmonic to play the Beethoven violin concerto, concerts in Norway and Portugal as well as performances of the Elgar Violin Concerto in Leeds with the Orchestra of Opera North and at the Three Choirs Festival, a recital in London for the Enescu Society and at the Festival d’Alba in Italy. He will also make a recording for Hyperion’s Romantic Violin series with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. September 2010 will mark the 20th anniversary of his festival, Consonances de Saint-Nazaire.

Philippe Graffin plays a Domenico Busano violin, made in Venice, 1730. He is currently Artist in Residence at the University of New York at Stony Brook.