Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lord of the Strings plays King of the Violin

A rare opportunity to hear a world-class violinist 
play one of the most challenging pieces in the repertoire

Saturday 24th June, 5pm 
One performance only! Book now.


Graf Mourja, violin
playing a Giovanni Grancino violin, Milan,1707

Gold Medal 'Violin Masters' Competition, Monte Carlo, 2010
Russian President's Award (Yeltsin)
Honoured Artist of Russia, 2004





Eugène Ysaÿe






Six Sonatas for Unaccompanied Violin, Op. 27 (1924)

Each sonata is dedicated to a famous contemporary violinist, indicated below in brackets:

Sonata No. 1 (Joseph Szigeti) a homage to Bach 
Sonata No. 2  ' The Obsession' (Jacques Thibaud) alluding to Bach and the Dies Irae theme
Sonata No. 3 'Ballade' (Georges Enescu) One movement and one of the most exciting pieces written for solo violin
Sonata No. 4 (Fritz Kreisler) Another tribute to Bach, with Allemande, Sarabande and Finale presto
Sonata No. 5 (Mathieu Crickboom) opens with the astoundingly beautiful Aurore (dawn) movement.
Sonata No. 6 (Manuel Quiroga) Another one movement showpiece in Habanera style.

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 - 1933) was a Belgian violinist, composer and conductor. He was regarded in his time as "the King of the Violin". His Six Sonatas op. 27 form one of the three most challenging compositions for solo violin in the repertoire; the other two being the Bach Sonatas and Partitas and the Paganini Caprices. Graf thrilled the audience last year with his performance of the 24 Caprices of Paganini. But the jaw-dropping encore, one of the Ysaye sonatas, brought the audience to their feet. 


Saturday 24th June, 5pm 

One performance only! Book now.



Graf Mourja is one of the top violinists of his generation, having won the prestigious Gold Medal in the Violin Masters Competition, Monte Carlo. His career began in the early nineties with a string of prizes at major international competitions, such as the Paganini Competition in Genoa, the Vianna da Motta in Lisbon, the Jacques Thibaud in Paris and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Most recently, in 2010, Graf won the Gold Medal at the Violin Masters Competition in Monte Carlo. Graf also received the President's Award from Boris Yeltsin and is an Honoured Artist of Russia. 

Graf has recorded on top CD labels such as Harmonia Mundi and Melodia as well as recording for  Alpha, Integral, Hanssler-Verlag, Naxos, Chant du Monde and Classical Records. He has collaborated with pianists such as Barry Douglas and Denis Matsuev, amongst many others.

Graf plays a 1707 violin by Giovanni Grancino.

Reservations: 1,000 baht per person.

Email asiachart@hotmail.com for reservations. For more information call 038 069681 during office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

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