The modern violin

O U T L I N E

The aim of this project is to shed light on the gaps in violin repertoire by exploring a multitude of genres rarely or never heard on the violin. The new arrangements and commissions created specially for this series will be published to encourage more inter-genre collaboration and performance.

C O N C E R T S E R I E S

Arrangements of iconic Rock, Funk and Pop songs and commissions of new pieces by established jazz and classical composers will be presented alongside monumental and visionary Classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Maurice Ravel and Tchaikovsky.

Please click here to download a PDF sample programme

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A B O U T

'‘My earliest memories consist largely of me and my family singing Rock’n’Roll and Funk songs in front of thousands of people in my home country of Latvia. I have always had a special place in my heart for these genres and, after 15 years of classical violin studies, I am looking to re-connect with them on stage'‘

Roberts Balanas made his solo debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall at the age of 17 and has performed extensively across the UK, Europe and North America ever since.

This season he embarks on a tour of Canada, USA and Scandinavia while working on the release of his debut CD with Linn records and an All-Bach CD with Trevor Pinnock and the Sainsbury Soloists.

A passionate chamber musician, he is a regular guest at the International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger, Aurora Chamber Music Festival, ProQuartet festival and Halesworth Festival amongst others. His musical collaborations include eminent artists such as Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and Marin Alsop.

In May 2019 Balanas was awarded the prestigious Bicentenary Scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music to continue his studies on the Advanced Diploma in Performance programme in the class of Rodney Friend. His previous mentors include such eminent violinists as Leonidas Kavakos, Gyorgy Pauk, Pinchas Zukerman and Maxim Vengerov.

He currently performs on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin kindly lent to him from the Royal Academy of Music collection