The French violist Adrien La Marca invites us on a journey through four centuries of music, from Dowland and Purcell through Vaughan Williams, Bridge, Clarke and Britten to Jonathan Harvey.
Though these English composers naturally show mutual influences over 400 years, they offer a wide range of musical languages, all equally sublime. Each of the pieces is linked to a special moment in Adrien La Marca’s artistic itinerary.
To add to the pleasure he has had playing them in concert, he is delighted to have been able to bring them together for the public on this disc.
Named ‘Solo Instrumental Discovery’ at the Victoires de la Musique in 2014, the French violist Adrien La Marca began his musical training at a very early age and soon obtained the highest distinctions, including First Prize at the National Competition for young violists in Lille.
In 2008 he was invited to the International Music Academy in Switzerland, where he frequented such musicians as Robert Mann, Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai, Sadao Harada and its founder Seiji Ozawa. In 2010, after completing his Master’s degree, he entered the postgraduate course (3e cycle) of the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris and studied with Tatjana Masurenko at the Leipzig Hochschule. He is currently pursuing advanced study with Tabea Zimmermann at the prestigious Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, which he represented in the National Competition of German Conservatories. To round off his musical training, Adrien also receives guidance from Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian, Hatto Beyerle and Yuri Bashmet.
Adrien La Marca already has a solid experience as a concert artist, as is demonstrated by his regular participation in leading festivals. He has performed as a soloist with the Leipzig Radio Orchestra (MDR Sinfonieorchester) and the Orchestre Les Siècles.
He is a member of the string quartet formed by Renaud Capuçon in homage to Adolf Busch, which appears in the principal European venues. Among his chamber music partners are Frank Braley, Michel Portal, David Kadouch, Adam Laloum and the Ébène and Modigliani quartets.
Adrien has won scholarships from the Fondation L’Or du Rhin, the Fondation d’Entreprise Banque Populaire and the Fondation Lagardère (2014), and plays a magnificent viola by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini on loan from the Fondation Zilber/ Rampal.