Carmine Lauri in recital

On Saturday 10th July 2010, the Malta Arts Festival welcomes Carmine Lauri, a perennial favourite.

Carmine Lauri was born in 1971 and started playing the violin at the age of four later studying with Mario Bisazza. In 1988 he was awarded the Associated Board scholarship to further his studies in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Jean Harvey, Maurice Hasson and other distinguished artists including Anne Sophie Mutter & Ida Haendel.

Lauri has performed extensively and on a number of occasions he was selected to perform as a soloist in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and other Heads of State. His two premiere performances of the Walton violin concerto with the Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra of Brno further enhanced his growing international reputation. As a representative of the London Symphony Orchestra, of which he is the Co-Leader, Carmine leads and performs regularly with the World Orchestra for Peace under Valery Gergiev.

Carmine Lauri has two solo compact disc recordings to his credit, Bravura (1994) and Violin Extravaganza (2004).  He has also recorded the entire 2005-2007 violin syllabus of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Lauri has led various orchestras including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the LPO, the LSO, the Orquesta Municipal of Venezuela and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Antonio Pappano, Yan Pascal Tortellier, Riccardo Chailly, Pierre Boulez & Valery Gergiev.

Carmine has also recorded with the LSO music scores of several movies, including  Star Wars, Harry Potter, & The Queen (just to name a few)  and is often the featured violin soloist in many films such as ‘As you like it’ and ‘Joyeux Nöel’

In December 2004 Lauri made his debut at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto & in 2005 made his debuts with the LSO in a world premiere concerto by Huw Watkins and with the LPO playing the Bruch Concerto. Other performances included the Beethoven Triple and Brahms Double Concertos with the Malta Philharmonic and Orchestra di Pesaro, Italy. In July 2006, Carmine made his debut with the Municipal Orchestra of Venezuela where he was the soloist in Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto. In July 2007 he performed the Brahms Double concerto with the LSO conducted by Daniel Harding in the USA and in September 2007 made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In October 2007 Carmine premiered the Violin Concerto ‘Rosalind’ by Harry Potter composer Patrick Doyle in a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the LSO.

Carmine is regularly invited to judge final rounds of music competitions held in London and to coach advanced students at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 2004 and 2006 respectively, Carmine was elected as Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) and Fellow of the Royal Academy (FRAM) for his achievements in his career. Carmine currently plays a violin by Nicholas Lupot made in ca 1780.

Recently Carmine’s distinguished talents were acknowledged by his country which bestowed upon him the National Order of Merit – M.O.M. (F’Ġieh ir-Repubblika).

He has recently been guest leading both the London Philharmonic Orchestra in concerts in London and in USA and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in concerts in Rotterdam. Recent performances have included the Dvorak Violin Concerto with the Malta Philharmonic, the Paganini Moto Perpetuo and Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella with the London Symphony Orchestra infront of an audience of 6000 people in Florida USA, a Duo performance of Monti’s Czardas with the world famous Roby Lakatos and his gypsy band accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London and a solo performance in honour of Sir Colin Davis in the presence of H.M Queen Elizabeth II in London.

In June 2010, Carmine made his debut in Brazil performing the Dvorak Violin Concerto with the Orchestra of the National Theatre of Brazil, and a recital with pianist Ira Levin.

For this concert, Carmine is accompanied by Simon Hester on piano.  Simon studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Geoffrey Pratley and Jean Harvey. Whilst at the Academy he won many major prizes for his performances both as a soloist and as a chamber music pianist. He also had the opportunity to play for the classes of Ann Sophie-Mutter, Karl Leister and Maurice Hasson.

Simon’s career has covered a wide range of musical worlds, and his versatility is much admired as a classical recitalist and a jazz pianist. He gives recitals throughout Great Britain and has appeared at the Bath, Edinburgh and Exeter festivals and has toured throughout the UK and abroad with the highly successful show “All You Ever Wanted To Know About Opera”.  Simon is also a published composer of many concert works. His work for violin and piano “Dark Eyes Variations” was premiered last year in Malta with Carmine Lauri and a number of his piano works are due for publication this year. For the last 10 years Simon has been writing for media projects, in both theatre and film. He is currently writing a new musical based on Rossini’s Barber of Seville, entitled “Hotel Sevilliana” His score for the short film.  Dumbstruck was screened at Cannes last year.

Violin and Piano Recital

Programmme: Carmine Lauri, Violin; Simon Hester, Piano

Handel Sonata in E Major Op.1 No. 15

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Allegro

Beethoven Sonata No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No. 2

I. Allegro con Brio

II. Adagio cantabile

III. Scherzo & Trio

IV. Finale – Allegro

Brahms Sonatensatz in C minor, op.posth

Grieg Sonata No.2 in G Major, op.13

I. Lento Doloroso – Poco Allegro

II. Allegretto Tranquillo

III. Allegro Animato

Sarasate Jota Aragonesa, op.26

Wieniawski Polonaise Brilliante No.2 in A major, op.21

President’s Palace Courtyard, Valletta.  21.00hrs.  Tickets €15, concessions €10.

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