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The album English Delight, a tribute to the viola music of English composers, presents an outstandingly lyrical programme blending different registers, periods and styles.


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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.


Rebecca Clarke // Sonate pour alto et piano


  • Impetuoso 8’04
  • Vivace 4’06
  • Adagio allegro 10’56



John Dowland


  • Flow my tears 2’48
  • If my complaints could passions move 1’56



Frank Bridge


  • Pensiero 14’25
  • Allegro Appassionato 3’50



Jonathan Harvey


  • Chant for viola solo 2’35



Ralph Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folk Song


  • Adagio 3’30
  • Andante 1’30
  • Andante sostenuto 1’13
  • Larghetto 1’11
  • Lento 1’34
  • Andante tranquilo 1’05
  • Allegro vivace 0’45



Henry Purcell

  • Music for a while 3’02


Adrien La Marca’s playing is characterised by profound expressiveness combined with an instrumental mastery that ranges over every repertory. His unique richness of sound combined with a natural charisma creates an immediate emotional bond with his audience. The year 2014 marked an important turning point in his musical life: he was voted Instrumental Solo Discovery of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. In 2016, Rolando Villazón invited him to appear on his ARTE show ‘Les Stars de Demain’, and the same year he released his first album, ‘English Delight’, on La Dolce Volta. In 2016, Adrien became the first classical musician to receive the prestigious Fondation Lagardère scholarship. He has also held awards from the Banque Populaire, L’Or du Rhin and Safran foundations. Adrien has won many important prizes at international competitions, including the William Primrose, Lionel Tertis, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms Competitions. During the 2018/19 season, he made debuts with a number of major orchestras, namely the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Insula Orchestra, Orchestre National de Metz and Les Siècles. He was also the first ‘artist in residence’ with the Liège Royal Philharmonic throughout this season. Since 2013, along with his brother Christian-Pierre, he has been joint artistic director of the Festival du Forez in the Loire département. Adrien La Marca plays a viola by Nicola Bergonzi made in Cremona in 1780, generously lent to him by the Boubo Music Foundation

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