In addition to his phenomenal career as first violinist of the Arditti Quartet, Irvine Arditti continues to excel as an extraordinary soloist. Born in London in 1953, Irvine Arditti began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 16. He joined the London Symphony Orchestra in 1976 and after two years, at the age of 25, became its Co-Concert Master. He left the orchestra in 1980 in order to devote more time to the Arditti Quartet which he had formed while still a student.
During the past decade Irvine Arditti has given the world premières of a plethora of large scale works especially written for him. These include Xenakis' Orkh and Hosokawa's Landscape III, both for violin and orchestra, as well as Ferneyhough's Terrain, Francesconi's Riti Neurali, Dillon's Vernal Showers and Harvey's Scena, all for violin and ensemble. He has appeared with many distinguished orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Orchestre National, Asko Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Schoenberg Ensemble, London Sinfonietta and Contrechamps. Recent performances include Ligeti's Violin Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Dutilleux's Violin Concerto with Het Residentie Orkest.
As well as having recorded over 100 CDs with the Arditti Quartet, Irvine Arditti has built an impressive catalogue of solo recordings. His CD of solo violin works by composers such as Carter, Estrada, Ferneyhough and Donatoni, as well as his recording of Nono's La Lontananza, both on the label Montaigne, have been awarded numerous prizes. His recording of Cage's Freeman Etudes for solo violin, as part of his complete Cage violin music series for the American label Mode, has made musical history.
The violin concertos by Berio, Xenakis and Mira, recorded in Moscow with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, are featured on a disc by Swedish label Bis. [See my Intervivew with Luciano Berio.]
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Born in London, David Alberman received his early tuition from Mary Long, Sheila Nelson, Emmanuel Hurwitz and Vera Kantrovich, and received his LRAM diploma from the Royal Academy of Music at the age of sixteen. He studied the violin privately with Prof. Igor Ozim in Cologne, and then studied Classical Languages and Philosophy at Oxford Univeristy for four years before returning to music. Having been a concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, where he led the orchestra for such conductors as Claudio Abbado and Sir Georg Solti, a long-standing interest in contemporary music led him in 1985 to join the internationally renouned Arditti Quartet, who specialize in new music. [See my Interviews with Sir Georg Solti.]
In 1995, he formed a Duo with the virtuoso pianist Rolf Hind. Since then, the Alberman/Hind Duo has played recitals in the major European cities including Vienna, Darmstadt, London, Stockholm, Oslo, Stuttgart and Brussels. In addition to recitals with the Duo and teaching (he is a Guest Professor of New String Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London), he became a Principal of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1999, and has played as guest concertmaster in groups as varied as the London Symphony Orchestra itself, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche Freiburg, Sinfonia 21, and the London Sinfonietta. He is a keen chamber musician, appearing with groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Nash and Razumovsky ensembles. He has appeared as soloist with, among others, the Orchestre de Lille, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna. David Alberman plays on a Guarneri Del Gesu violin of 1736.
This interview was recorded in Chicago on March 1,
1992. Portions were used (along with recordings) on WNIB in 1993
and 1994. The
transcription was made and posted on this website in 2009.
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