Violinist Daniel Hope to Perform at Hahn Hall, 7/5
Virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope - described as "adventurous and brilliant" by The New York Times and "a force to be reckoned with" by Gramophone - will lead a chamber orchestra of Academy faculty and Fellows in a program of works by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Alfred Schnittke, Erwin Schulhoff, and Max Richter beginning at 8 pm on Saturday, July 5, in Hahn Hall. Mr. Hope will lead from the violin in performances of Biber's Passacaglia, Schnittke's A Paganini, Schulhoff's Solo Sonata, and Mr. Richter's enthralling Recomposed: Vivaldi's Four Seasons - a reimagining of the well-known Baroque masterpiece. Tickets cost $50.
Described by The New York Times as "a violinist of probing intellect and commanding style," Mr. Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for many years, and was the youngest-ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its final six seasons. He is celebrated for his musical versatility and creativity, and for his dedication to humanitarian causes. Mr. Hope appears as a soloist with the world's major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new venues. Born in South Africa and raised and educated in England, he earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2007, Mr. Hope has earned numerous Grammy nominations, a Classical BRIT award, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, and five consecutive ECHO Klassik Prizes. His most recent CD, The Romantic Violinist: A Celebration of Joseph Joachim, pays tribute to the great 19th-century Austro-Hungarian violin virtuoso who was a friend and trusted collaborator of Brahms.
Beyond the concert stage, Mr. Hope has penned three books published in Germany: Familienstücke (Family Album); his best-selling memoir, Wann darf ich klatschen? (When Do I Applaud?); and Toi, Toi, Toi. His writing credits also include An Audience with Beethoven for Mia Farrow, and Forbidden Music, which presents poetry and music written by prisoners at Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Writing in The New York Times, critic Steve Smith observed, "In a business that likes tidy boxes drawn around its commodities, the British violinist Daniel Hope resists categorization. Mr. Hope, a compelling performer whose work involves standard repertory, new music, raga, and jazz, emphasizes thoughtful engagement over flamboyant display. In his most personal undertakings, he puts classical works within a broader context - not just among other styles and genres but amid history, literature, and drama - to emphasize music's role as a mirror for struggle and aspiration."
Mr. Hope is among this year's Mosher Guest Artists, whose Summer Festival residencies are generously funded by the Samuel B. and Margaret C. Mosher Foundation. Rounding out the Academy's roster of Mosher Guest Artists for 2014 are contemporary chamber music ensemble eighth blackbird, pianist Jonathan Biss, and soprano Deborah Voigt. Inaugurated in 2011, the Mosher program enables the Music Academy to host four stellar guest artists each season for public masterclasses, performances, and private interaction with Academy Fellows. As part of his residency, Mr. Hope will lead a special violin masterclass at 1 pm July 4 in Hahn Hall. Tickets for that event cost $13 ($12 for seniors and students).