Thursday, 21 April 2016
Superstar violinist Alexandre Da Costa, WAAPA’s brilliant new Head of Strings, brings Max Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor to life in three extraordinary and inspiring concerts of orchestral masterworks at venues across Perth.
On Friday, 13 May, Saturday, 14 May and Sunday, 15 May, Peter Moore OAM conducts WAAPA’s Faith Court Orchestra in an outstanding program of orchestral masterworks: Bruch’s most famous work, featuring Alexandre Da Costa as violin soloist, with Antonín Dvořák’s dramatic, passionate and enormously popular New World Symphony and Arturo Márquez’ electrifying Danzon No. 2, a thrilling celebration of Latin music and energy.
Canadian-born Alexandre Da Costa was deemed a musical child prodigy when, at the age of nine, he performed his first concerts with professional orchestras, displayed stunning virtuosity on both piano and violin.
By the age of 18, Da Costa had obtained a Master’s Degree in violin and First Prize from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. Concurrently, he also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Interpretation from the University of Montreal. Told he had to choose one instrument, Da Costa moved to Spain to study at Madrid’s Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia with legendary violin teacher, Zakhar Bron.
Now regarded as one of the world’s great violinists, he has been described as displaying “a virtuoso technique and a huge sound, plus passion, commitment and musicality in equal measure”. Da Costa’s many prizes include a 2012 Juno Award, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the prestigious Virginia-Parker Prize, one of Canada’s highest cultural distinctions.
Da Costa has given over 2,000 concerts and recitals throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, performing in the major concert halls of Vienna (Musikverein), Berlin (Philharmonie), New York (Carnegie Hall) and Beijing (Poly-Theater), among countless others. As a recording artist, he has more than 20 CDs to his name. As an educator, Da Costa has held the position of Professor of Violin at the Gatineau Music Conservatory in Ottawa, Canada and has given masterclasses at universities and conservatoires around the world.
Now Perth audiences can experience the brilliance of Da Costa’s playing as he performs Bruch’s most famous work. The rest of the program is equally enticing: Dvořák’s glorious Symphony No. 9 in E minor – better known as the New World Symphony – and Marquez’ Danzon No. 2, one of the most popular orchestral works by a contemporary Mexican composer.
Two Perth high schools, Churchlands Senior High School and All Saints’ College, are hosting evening performances at 7.30pm on Friday, 13 May and Saturday, 14 May respectively. The following day, Sunday 15 May, Perth College in Mount Lawley is hosting a matinee performance at 3.00pm for the final concert. All of these schools boast concert venues with superb acoustics and seating.
WAAPA is extremely grateful to John Court and his family for their generous and ongoing support of WAAPA’s Classical Music program and in particular of The Faith Court Orchestra, founded at WAAPA in 2005.
For all venue and performance details, please visit the Alexandre Da Costa plays Bruch performance web page.