2nd Youth Music Festival AVANTI!
Saturday, 2014 March, 15th, 7PM
Great Guild Hall
Opening of the festival
Masters and Disciples
Augustin Dumay (violin, Belgium),
Elîna Bukða (violin)
Program – Mozart & Bruch
Stars illuminate the road to humans. Humans pave the road to new stars.
Augustin Dumay is one of the most striking representatives of the great European classical tradition. International critics compare him to the great violinists of the XXth century and his distinctive position as “a great classical stylist” is corroborated by outstanding recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon label: Beethoven's complete sonatas recorded with Maria João Pires “must surely be ranked alongside the likes of Grumiaux-Haskil, Menuhin-Kempff or Perlman-Ashkenazy” (Record Review), Brahms' trios in which “Milstein's legacy is admirably clear in Dumay's playing” and also Mozart's concertos with the Camerata Academica Salzburg “without exaggeration one of the most beautiful recordings of Mozart's concertos for violin ever made” (Classic CD) in which he “confirms that he is an exceptional interpreter of Mozart as were Stern or Grumiaux before him” (Classica).
Over the last ten years, in parallel to his work as a violinist, he has applied himself intensively as a conductor. In addition to his position as Musical Director of the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, which he has held since 2003, he was appointed Musical Director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka) in 2011. He is regularly invited to conduct orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra or the Sinfonia Varsovia.
Since 2004 he has been one of the masters in residence at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel (Brussels) where he coaches a select group of highly talented young violinists most of whom have seen success in the main international competitions.
The film-maker Gérard Corbiau (Le Maître de Musique, Farinelli) made a documentary film about him - Augustin Dumay, laisser une trace dans le coeur.
His discography – some forty recordings of which most have received prestigious awards (Grammophon Awards, Auiophile Audition, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Grand Prix du Disque, The Record Academy Award) – is available under the EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx Classic labels.
Conducting the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra he has recently recorded a Saint-Saëns CD for Onyx and, together with Louis Lortie, the pianist, the album Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas by “one of today's great violinists” (The Strad).
His next recordings will be devoted to the Bartók, Brahms, Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos with the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Elina Buksha’s interpretations are deep and her sound is round and impassioned. Her talent bears an inimitable individuality. She performs with dramatic expressiveness and inner freedom. Elina Buksha is considered one of Latvia's foremost up and coming violinists. Elina has been playing violin since the age of 5, having been a student of Latvian violin professor Ojars Kalnins until 2009. Later she continues her studies with Boris Belkin in The Netherlands. Since 2011 Elina studies with Ana Chumachenko in masterclasses in France, Germany and Switzerland. She have performed both as soloist and chamber musician in Sweden, Russia, Finland, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Romania. Since her debut with Liepaja Symphony orchestra at age of 12, when she performed Mozart Violin Concerto Nr.5, Elina has important concert appearances in her native Latvia, which have included regular appearances with Latvian National Symphony orchestra, Latvian National Opera orchestra, Collegium Musicum Riga and others. Having won her first violin competition at the age of six, Elina has since been a laureate of many national and international competitions, among them International Jaroslav Kocian Competition in the Czech Republic, „Remember Enescu” competition in Romania, A.Postaccini Competition in Italy. Elina Buksha debut CD entitled Ave Maria, recorded in Riga's Doma Cathedral, also featuring soprano Inese Galante and organist Aivars Kalejs was released in 2008. Since age of 14, Elina is artist of concert agency Herman Braun Foundation in Latvia. Now she's studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the direction of A. Dumay. She received a scholarship granted by Mr & Mrs Michael Guttman.