About the performer

Canadian violinist and SONY Classical recording artist, Alexandre Da Costa, is winner of many national and international first prizes, including the International Violin Competition Pablo Sarasate, Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2010, the prestigious Virginia-Parker Prize, one of Canada’s highest cultural distinctions. Da Costa has given close to two thousand concerts and recitals throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He has performed in the world's major halls in Vienna (Musikverein), Berlin (Philharmonie), New York (Carnegie Hall) and Beijing (Poly-Theater) and played and recorded as guest soloist with orchestras including London’s Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna, Berlin, Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden, Bergen, Buffalo and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National TV and Radio Orchestra of Spain, the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. In 2012, Alexandre won the Juno Award (Canada’s GRAMMY equivalent) for ‘Best Classical Album' and he now records for Spectra and SONY Classical with the release of 'Stradivarius at the Opera' and tours of North America, Asia and Australia in 2017. Alexandre Da Costa is also Musical Development Director of the Canimex Foundation, and Artistic Director of the Laurentians Classical Festival of Canada. In 2015 Da Costa became Head of Strings at WAAPA at Edith Cowan University, now performing to sold out audiences around Perth and Fremantle, and this year for Musica Viva (at Melbourne Recital Centre), Huntington Estate Music Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and in Sydney, Darwin and Brisbane (for University of QLD and in Sandgate). He plays the "Di Barbaro" Stradivarius of 1727 with a Sartory bow, loaned by Canimex.

Program

Chaconne                                                                Tomaso Antonio Vitali

Romeo and Juliet                                                    Sergei Prokofiev

  1. 'Montagues & Capulets'
  2. 'Dance'
  3. 'Masks'

Gypsy Airs                                                               Pablo de Sarasate

Venue

Room: 
Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building, School of Music