French violinist to feature with Cape Philharmonic at Kirstenbosch

French violinist to feature with Cape Philharmonic at Kirstenbosch

For Classical music lovers Sunday February 24 will be a very special Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert when the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by their principal guest conductor maestro Martin Panteleev, features internationally acclaimed French violinist Philippe Graffin. This will be the final concert of the Cape Town International Music Festival and promises to be a memorable afternoon.
Philippe Graffin’s individual style of playing and outstanding achievements have already placed him among the finest of French violinists.

Having graduated from the Paris Conservatoire with a first prize at sixteen, he later studied with Prof Josef Gingold in Bloomington, Indiana and with Philipp Hirschhorn.

As concerto soloist, Philippe Graffin has performed with orchestras such as The Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Saarbrücken Philharmonie, the Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova et del Veneto and St Petersburg Philharmonic.

Graffin is founder and artistic director of “Consonances”, the international chamber music festival of St. Nazaire, France and is regularly invited to appear at major chamber music festivals across Europe and the United States and to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has appeared in the BBC Proms Chamber Music season and been invited to be Artistic Director of several chamber music projects at London’s Wigmore Hall.

A number of composers have written for him. Lithuanian composer Vytautas Barkauskas received the 2004 Lithuanian National Prize for Art for his violin concerto ‘Jeux’, which he dedicated to Graffin. David Matthews wrote his 2nd violin concerto for Graffin and Yves Prin, Vassili Lobanov and Philippe Hersant have written solo pieces for him. Graffin has also performed Rodion Shchedrin’s Concerto Cantabile under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich and in Moscow to mark the composer’s 70th birthday.

The violinist’s recordings include the Elgar Concerto in its original version, Ysaÿe solo violin sonatas, Chausson’s complete chamber music, Saint-Saëns violin concertos and complete violin and piano music, a disc of Rare French Works including the Fauré Concerto, sonatas by de Breville and Canteloube, and Hungarian Dances his debut for Onyx.

The concert at Kirstenbosch will include popular classical works such as Rossini ‘s William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Overture Fantasy Romeo and Juliette, Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto, Sibelius’ Finlandia, and Smetana’s The Moldau.

* The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (RhodesDrive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 5.30pm to 7pm. Gates open at 4pm.
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Five lucky readers can win double tickets to the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert on Sunday February 24. Send your name and “Philippe Graffin” in the subject line in an e-mail to: before 12pm on Friday February 22.