Violinist Philippe Quint Performs With Santa Barbara Symphony

Posted on Mar 11 by SEASONS Magazine

Philippe Quint by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco, photo courtesy of Philippe Quint.

Philippe Quint by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco, photo courtesy of Philippe Quint.

Philippe Quint is a Russian violin virtuoso known for his impassioned violin performances. The San Francisco Chronicle describes his musical stylings as “fervidly expressive.” Quint will display his formidable endurance in performances of Antonio Vivaldi‘s The Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango masterpiece The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires alongside the Santa Barbara Symphony. The symphony will be conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti and will include Haydn’s dramatic symphony No. 101 “The Clock.” The concerts will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 in the Granada Theatre.

“Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is among the world’s most beloved works, and we pair it with Piazzolla’s own spectacular season cycle, also written for solo violin and strings. These concerts will offer a unique opportunity to hear two compositional approaches to the same natural phenomena, and just before we welcome the spring,” says Maestro Kabaretti, who is now in his 11th season as the Santa Barbara Symphony’s music director. “Philippe Quint is a magnificent soloist, and will play both pieces all the way through—a feat requiring extraordinary stamina. ‘The Clock’ is a charming piece from the Father of Symphonies’ late period.”

Quint is a highly regarded musician. The Palm Beach Daily News calls him, “a legend in the making,” and The Courier-Journal lauds him as, “an ardent, technically masterful advocate of the concerto.” He also has seven recordings that have been received with similar acclaim. He has multiple Grammy nominations, honors from Gramophone and other publications. Quint was born in what is now St. Petersburg, Russia and studied alongside Andrei Korsakov. He made his masterful orchestral debut at the young age of nine, performing Weiniawski’s Concerto No. 2, and went along to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Juilliard. Most recently, he has played alongside the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony, among many others. He has also made a cinematic debut in the 2012 independent film Downtown Express directed by Emmy Award winner David Grubin.

The performances take place at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. For more information, visit granadasb.org or call 805/899-2222.

—Lauren Bennett

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