Legendary violinist Augustin Dumay to play in Sofia

He is set to perform with the Sofia Philharmonic under the conduction of Adrija Čepaitė

Augustin Dumay

On 8 April, the Sofia Philharmonic is returning to the stage of Bulgaria Hall with a couple of Mendelssohn pieces. Under the conduction of Adrija Čepaitė, the orchestra will play Violin Concerto in E minor and Symphony No.1 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. World-renowned French violinist Augustin Dumay will be the event's soloist. Critics describe him as one of the greatest violinists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Born to a family of musicians, he started taking violin lessons at the age of five. At age 10, he was accepted to the Paris Conservatoire. At 14, he played his first concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysée. His international career took off thanks to his encounter with Herbert von Karajan. The great conductor heard Dumay play at a studio where he happened to be recording as well and immediately invited him to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Dumay went on to record the most famous violin and orchestra concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Lalo, etc., for EMI and Deutsche Grammophon. Since then, he has often performed these musical pieces with some of the world's best orchestras.

Adrija Čepaitė's sense of musicality is deeply rooted in her native Lithuania's choir and singing tradition. Following her initial education in and practical experience with vocal music in Vilnius, she moved to Austria, where she studied orchestra conducting, church music and Gregorian chant in Graz. Over the ensuing years, she took part in various music projects, concerts, tours and studio sessions both as a conductor and a singer. Čepaitė is a co-founder of the vocal ensemble Graces&Voices, which specialises in Gregorian chant and contemporary polyphonic music and has an expansive discography. The ensemble's latest records have been proclaimed Record of the Year by PIZZICATO Magazine, received an International Classical Music Awards (ICMA-Awards) nomination and been given four-star reviews by the BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE, the highest possible.

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