10 - 23 August
Director & Violin
Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director and Lead Violin of the ACO. He has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism.
Richard has appeared as director or soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras. He was Artistic Director of Slovenia’s Festival Maribor from 2008 to 2015 and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court in 2016. In addition, he has curated and co-composed film scores including the ACO’s Mountain.
Preview the music and composers that will feature in the program.
Richard Meale's beatific Cantilena Pacifica was written as a eulogy, with the violin soaring lyrically over a respectful pianissimo from the orchestra.
Italian composer Ottorino Respighi is a musical conjuror, famous for his ‘Roman Trilogy’ which celebrated the beauty and drama of that great city. He also held an affinity with music from the past, and in Ancient Airs and Dances he evokes the brilliance of the Baroque and Renaissance.
Pēteris Vasks’ Viatore is music that will move you. Full of depth and grace, it’s written for 11 solo strings and is a perfect fit for our orchestra of soloists. Benjamin Britten’s thrilling Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge is the climax of the program. A tribute to his teacher, it was the work that brought him international fame.