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The Virtuosity of Ilya Gringolts

Posted on 14 Sep 2018 by ACO

Russian violinist with his back to the camera, face in side profile and holding a violin

In just two weeks, extraordinary Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts will make his ACO debut directing a dazzlingly virtuosic program of Paganini, Vivaldi and Bartók.

Although only in his mid-thirties, Gringolts has been renowned for his performances of Paganini for over twenty years. He became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious International Violin Competition Premio Paganini at only 16 years of age, and has released multiple CDs of Paganini’s music to critical acclaim.

Watch the videos below to see this brilliant violinist in action.

Paganini – Caprice No.24 in A minor for solo violin

Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini was so renowned for his spectacular technical and musical abilities that he was surrounded by rumours that he’d sold his soul to the Devil. His Caprice No.24 is one of the most notoriously difficult pieces of music for solo violin and pushes the player’s technique to the absolute limit.

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky wrote his only violin concerto in 1878 and dedicated it to the famous violin virtuoso Leopold Auer. However, it was deemed by Auer to be so ‘unplayable’ for its technical demands that he refused to give the premiere of the work. It has since become one of the most popular concertos in the violin repertoire.

Locatelli – L’arte del violino: Concerto No.3 in A major

Italian Baroque violinist and composer Pietro Locatelli is responsible of some of the most virtuosic music for violin ever written. His L’arte del violino, which is comprised of twelve extremely virtuosic violin concertos, have had an enduring influence on violin technique since their publication in 1733.

Ilya Gringolts Plays Paganini tours 30 September - 8 October, with stops in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Full details and tickets via the link below.


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