Contemporary Music Champion Irvine Arditti Presents Solo Recital at Eastman School of Music

February 18, 2014

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Violinist Irvine Arditti, lauded for his charismatic artistry and for his championship of new music, will present a guest artist recital at the Eastman School of Music at noon Thursday, Feb. 27, in Hatch Recital Hall. The program of works by Luciano Berio, Brian Ferneyhough, Hilda Paredes, and Salvatore Sciarrino is open to the public. Tickets are $10 general admission (free to UR ID holders), and will be sold at the door one hour before concert start time.

The legendary first violinist of the Arditti Quartet, Arditti has also built a wide-ranging solo career encompassing acclaimed orchestral and ensemble appearances, recitals, performances of world premieres, and a multitude of recordings. He has given the world premieres of numerous large-scale works especially written for him, including Xenakis’ Dox Orkh, Hosokawa’s Landscape III, Ferneyhough’s Terrain, Francesconi’s Ritie Neurali, Dillon’s Vernal Showers, Harvey’s Scena, and others. Married to prominent Mexican composer Hilda Paredes, in May 2012 he gave the premiere of her Señales for violin and ensemble with Signal, the New York City-based ensemble founded by Co-Artistic/Executive Director Lauren Radnofsky (BM ‘03 MM ‘07) and Co-Artistic Director/Conductor Brad Lubman, associate professor of conducting and ensembles.

Arditti joined the London Symphony Orchestra in 1976 and two years later, at the age of 25, became its co-concertmaster. He left the orchestra in 1980 to devote more time to the Arditti Quartet, which he had formed while still a student.

Arditti has appeared with such distinguished orchestras and ensembles as the BBC Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Niew Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Schoenberg Ensemble, and others. He has appeared in recital in Montreal, New York City, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Venice, Mexico City, and other cities.

As well as having recorded more than 190 CDs with the Arditti Quartet, Arditti has built an impressive catalogue of solo recordings. His CD of solo violin works by composers such as Carter, Estrada, Ferneyhou, and Donatoni, as well as his recording of Non’s La Lontananza, have been awarded numerous prizes. He recorded the complete Cage violin music series.  He and composer Robert Platz are the co-authors of the book The Techniques of Violin Playing.

In addition to his recital at Eastman, Arditti will be giving a master class at 6:30 p.m. later that same day in Room 415 (rehearsal hall) of the Eastman East Wing.


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