June 20, 3:30pm EDT (US), 8:30pm BST (UK)
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Theme and Variations
Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1770)
Amusements pour violon seul op.18, 1762 Paris
Giovanni Giornovich (1747-1804)
Air d’opera Villageois de Julie, 1790 London
Pavle Dešpalj (1934-)
Caprice, 1997 Zagreb
Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764)
Il Laberinto Armonico, op.3, 1733 Amsterdam
About the artist
Croatian-born violinist Bojan Čičić specialises in repertoire ranging from the late 16th century to the Romantic violin concertos of Mendelssohn and Beethoven.
He has recently appeared as a soloist with the Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Tokyo in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and with Instruments of Time and Truth in violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. He is the leader of the Academy of Ancient Music and the ensemble Florilegium.
His recording of J.S. Bach’s Concerto for two violins with Rachel Podger was recently named the best available recording of the work by BBC Music Magazine.
In 2020 he will appear as director and soloist with several ensembles: Het Gelders Orkest, the Netherlands, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington Bach Consort.
Bojan formed his own group, the Illyria Consort, to explore rare repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. They have performed at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Korkyra Baroque Festival, Festival Laus Polyphoniae, and at the Festival de Sablé. Their debut recording of Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli’s Sonate da camera (Nos. 1-6) achieved great critical acclaim and was chosen as one of Presto Classical’s “Presto Recordings of the Year” for 2017. The Illyria Consort second disc, a world premiere recording of Giovanni Giornovich’s London Violin Concertos, was released in March 2019, followed by the second volume of Carbonelli's Sonate da camera (Nos. 7-12). Illyria Consort’s future recordings will be Capriccio, which will include a world premiere of a Violin Concerto by A. Vivaldi, The Adriatic Voyage, music from 17th century Croatia with Marian Consort, and a first complete recording of Johann Jakob Walther’s Scherzi per violino solo.
In 2016 Bojan was appointed Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music, and is passionate about training the next generation of instrumentalists in historically-informed playing styles. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two children.
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