Dunja Lavrova Violinist

“My Dusty Gramophone”, the debut album by Dunja Lavrova: “She masters these miniatures with such nonchalant and linear elegance, with such flawless tenderness, that you even forget the great predecessors as you fall for her nostalgic charm and seductive magic.” – Stereoplay (JPC,  February 2015)

Dunja Lavrova Violinist

Overview

Born in Russia, violinist Dunja Lavrova moved to The U.K. at the age of 13 when she won a full scholarship to study at The Yehudi Menuhin School in class of Natasha Boyarsky and, later, Maciej Rakowski. She began her studies at St Petersburg’s School for Exceptionally Gifted Children, in class of Vera Dobrynina. She won a prize at her first competition (Mravinsky Competition in St Petersburg) at the age of 10, and by the age of 11 had already toured Germany and Peru, appeared on Russian and Peruvian National Television, performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with St Petersburg’s leading orchestras and won a special prize at the Shostakovitch Competition in Hannover. Upon graduation from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Dunja continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski under full scholarship at the Royal College of Music and subsequently graduated with Tagore Gold Medal, presented to her by HRH Prince Charles. Whilst a student, she has won numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Young Artist of the Year at the Arts Club (presented by David Attenborough) in 2004. The event took place at The Arts Club and was broadcast on Russian National Television. During her studies, Dunja was selected to participate in masterclasses with world-leading musicians, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Igor Oistrakh, Pierre Amoyal, Zahar Bron, Zvi Zeitlin, Dora Schwarzberg and others. Dunja has performed as a soloist at the St Petersburg Philharmonia Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Gallery, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Soho Jazz club as well as at numerous other concerts and festivals around the U.K., Europe, Russia and South America. She has also performed violin concertos with various orchestras, including Russian National Television and Radio Orchestra, The Concert Orchestra of St Petersburg, English Symphony Orchestra, Russian Virtuosi of Europe, Kent Sinfonia, King’s Chamber Orchestra (London), Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, London Concertante and others. As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at various prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Soho Jazz Club and appeared on French National Television with Ensemble Metamusika, of which she is the Leader and Director. In the summer of 2014 Dunja participated in highly exclusive masterclasses with Pierre Amoyal and Robert Levin at Academie de Musique in Lausanne. That same year she signed a record deal with Solo Musica/ Naxos to record her debut solo album, “My Dusty Gramophone”. The album is now available worldwide and has already received many positive reviews and much media attention, including airplays on BBC Radio 3, review inside BBC Music Magazine and a full feature in Classical Music Magazine’s May 2015 issue.

Dunja is available as a soloist, chamber musician in duo with her pianist and with her horn trio for concerts, festivals and private events. 

Repertoire

N.B. This repertoire list is only a sample of the vast number of works that Dunja performs.

Solo
Bach – Sonatas and Partitas
Clarke, Nigel – Pernambuco
Dont – Etudes and Caprices (various)
Kreisler – Recitativo & Scherzo-Caprice
Paganini – various caprices
Scher, E – Scherzo
Schubert (arr. Ernst) – Erlkonig
Telemann – Twelve Fantasies for solo violin
Watkins, Huw – Partita for solo violin
Weniawski – Etudes-Caprices (various)
Ysaye – Sonatas no.3 and no.6 for solo violin

Sonatas with Piano
Beethoven – Sonatas (various)
Brahms – Sonatas (various)
Debussy – Sonata
Elgar – Sonata
Franck – Sonata
Geminiani, F – Sonata in C major
Mozart – Sonatas (various)
Schubert – Sonatas and Sonatinas (various)
Strauss, R – Sonata
Tartini, G – Devil’s Trill Sonata
Telemann- Sonatas (various)
Viotti – Sonatas (various)
Vivaldi – Sonatas (various)

Concertos
Brahms – Concerto in D minor
Bruch – Concertos no. 1 and no. 2
Ernst – Concerto
Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra
Mendelsohnn – Concerto in E minor
Mozart – various concertos
Paganini – Concertos no.1 and no. 2
Schostakovitch – Concerto no.1
Sibelius – Concerto in D minor
Strauss, R. – Concerto
Tchaikovsky – Concerto
Vivaldi – various concertos, including The Four Seasons
Wieniawski – Concerto no.2

Other Works
Bartok – Romanian Dances
Brahms – Hungarian Dances
Chausson – Poeme for violin and orchestra
Debussy- various short pieces
De Falla, Emanuel – Suite Populaire Espagnole
Gardel, C. (arr. J. Williams)- Por Una Cabeza tango
Hallfter- Danza de la Gitana
Korngold – Mariettas Lied zur Laute and Tanzlied des Pierrot from Die tote Stadt
Kreisler – Liebesleid, Liebesfreud and other miniatures
Lutoslawski – Subito
Massenet – Meditation
Mozart – Adagio in E major
Nová?ek, O. – Perpetuum Mobile
Paganini – various pieces including The Witches Dance, Perpetuum Mobile, Cantabile, Variations, La Campanella etc
Prokofiev – Cinq Melodies and other short pieces
Rachmaninoff – Vocalise, Daisies and other arrangements
Ravel – Tzigane for violin and orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. E.Zimbalist) – Golden Cockerel Fantasy
Rossini (arr. C.Tedesco) – Figaro Fantasy
Saint-Saens – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Sarasate – various pieces, including Zigeunerweisen, Navarra for two violins, Carmen Fantasy etc
Schedrin – Humoreske and In Style of Albeniz
Scher, B – Concert Piece
Schubert – Ave Maria
Shostakovitch – Four Preludes
Tchaikovsky – Meditation, Russian Dance, Scherzo, Melody, Melancholic Serenade
Waxman – Carmen Fantasy
Wieniawski – Polonaise Brilliante in D major, Faust Fantasy, La Cadenza, Legende, Scherzo-Tarantella, Caprice in A minor
Ysaye – Poeme Eligique

Various transcriptions by Jascha Heifetz

Specification
Dunja Lavrova solo violin
Duo violin and piano
Trio violin, horn and piano
Concerts, Festivals and Private events.

Testimonials

“No praise can be too high for violinist Dunja Lavrova. She proves herself on a level of the great fiddlers of the past.”

The Independent

“Intentionally recorded close to the microphones without reverb in order to recreate the sound of the “golden age”, Lavrova gives her all with winning spontaneity in a series of Heifetz favourites.”

BBC Music Magazine (UK)

“She masters these miniatures with such nonchalant, straightforward elegance, with such immaculate tenderness, that one even forgets the great predecessors and falls for her nostalgic charm and seductive magic.”

JPC (Germany)
“This disc is a fascinating experiment that works. Lavrova certainly proves that she is an exquisite artist. Her performance of Clair de Lune, for example, is, quite simply, one of the most emotionally moving performances I have ever heard.”
Lynn Rene Bayley"Fanfare" Magazine (USA)
“Dunja Lavrova’s commitment is palpable. Her tone is attractively focused and her intonation is excellent. The main component that I appreciate in Lavrova’s playing is refinement. She’s a subtle stylist, using elegant position changes and expressive devices to make her points. Lavrova is a very stylish exponent of this repertoire. This album a fine calling card for the young violinist.”
Jonathan WoolfMusic Web International

“Long takes and minimal editing were evidently the order of the day on this tasty disc of violinist Dunja Lavrova’s personal favourites. As a result we get honesty and authenticity, as well as some delicious playing. Dunja’s hero is the legendary Jascha Heifetz, and she has quite a lot of his coolness. She is also a virtuoso, as the last part of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen demonstrates. It’s not merely her delicate rubato but also the silkiness and gentle warmth that I shall remember for a long time. The selection mixes the very familiar and the pretty rare. Most entertaining.”

Ivor Solomons"Classical Ear" (UK)

“Intimate sounds of the past, but without the crackles… exquisite and heartfelt. Terrific “violinistic” moments, wonderfully virtuosic playing. There is true beauty in this performance… particularly accomplished playing. The nostalgic effect works to perfection.”

Bruce Reader "The Classical Reviewer" (UK)

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