Sherban Lupu: Concert & CD Launch

23/09/2011 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, Londra SW1X8PH

The Romanian Cultural Institute is delighted to organise the launch of the second volume of the series Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, recorded by Sherban Lupu – violin and Ian Hobson – piano and published in the UK by Toccata Classics.

The event will start with an introductory talk by Martin Anderson, music journalist, writer and critic, founder of Toccata Press and Toccata Classics. Celebrated Romanian-born violinist Sherban Lupu will demonstrate the immense virtuosity of this forgotten master of composition, playing excerpts from the CD. The evening will conclude with a talk by Dr Mark Rowe, professor at Norwich University and author of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Virtuoso Violinist.

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812-1865) was one of the leading musicians of his day, a friend of Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn, and for Joseph Joachim ‘the greatest violinist I ever heard’. But the popular encore pieces by which Ernst is remembered today represent only a fraction of his output.

This series of six CDs presents his complete violin works for the first time, revealing one of the instrument’s most accomplished and memorable composers.

Sherban Lupu studied at the Bucharest Conservatory and in London at the Guildhall School of Music with Yfrah Neaman. He took lessons and master classes with legendary violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Henryk Szering and Nathan Milstein. He is currently professor of violin at the University of Illinois and has been artistic director of the Gubbio Festival in Italy and associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera. Lupu specializes in the music of his native Romania and Eastern Europe, as well as the virtuoso romantic repertoire. Solo appearances include The Kennedy Center, Gstaad Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square and Carnegie Hall. Since December 2005 Serban Lupu is the Artistic Director of the George Enescu Society of the United States.

 

When: Friday, 23 September 2011, 7pm;

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH.

Admission is free, but seats are limited. Early booking is well recommended.

Please reserve your seats at T: 020 7752 0134, E: office@icr-london.coo.uk.

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