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Violin superstar plays Beethoven on 1701 Stradivarius

“He has a virtuoso technique and a huge sound, plus passion, commitment and musicality in equal measure. This is a major talent.”-  Hugh Wolff  (Chief Conductor, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra) 

 “Prodigious technique, beautiful sound and above all a direct, expressive and very varied musicality…  we are in front of one of the great violinists of today.”-  Ramon Avello (El Comercio Digital, Spain) 

In January this year, world-renowned violinist and WAAPA’s brilliant Head of Strings Alexandre Da Costa was privileged to be awarded a decade-long loan of a precious 1701 Stradivarius violin. 

“To have this violin – which is one of the best ones I’ve ever played – loaned to me for 10 years, that’s one of the biggest prizes I could ever win in my career,” says Da Costa. “It’s an honour to play this violin and to have access to it for such a long period of time is really what makes it very special.”  

Da Costa, who is renowned for the peerless technique of his playing, describes the 1701 Stradivarius as a very powerful instrument. “It has this raw power that I’m looking for in a violin because it allows me to play in very big halls without having to press on the violin or squeeze the sound out. It’s very comfortable for me to play this violin.” 

Perth audiences will get to hear the sublime sounds of this extraordinary instrument in the hands of a virtuoso violinist when Alexandre Da Costa brings Beethoven’s dramatic Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 61 to life with WAAPA’s Faith Court Orchestra in three inspiring concerts of orchestral masterworks at venues across Perth. 

This outstanding classical music program will also feature the famous Overture to Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner, which Da Costa will conduct from the podium and the thrilling Symphony No. 40 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

The concerts will be held on Friday 19 May at All Saints’ College Centre for Performing Arts at 7.30pm; onSaturday 20 May at the Churchlands Senior High School Concert Hall at 7.30pm; and on Sunday 21 May at Perth College’s Judith Cottier Theatre at 3.00pm.

WAAPA is extremely grateful to John Court and his family for their generous and ongoing support of WAAPA’s Classical Music program and in particular of The Faith Court Orchestra, founded at WAAPA in 2005. 


Tickets $36 Full / $28 Concession and Friends

Performed by: Faith Court Orchestra with violin soloist Alexandre Da Costa    

Music Director: Alexandre Da Costa   

Friday 19 May at 7.30pm – All Saints’ College Centre for Performing Arts, All Saints’ College, Ewing Ave, Bull Creek.

Saturday 20 May at 7.30pm – Churchlands Concert Hall, Churchlands Senior High School, 20 Lucca St, Churchlands.

Sunday 21 May at 3.00pm – Judith Cottier Theatre, Perth College, 31 Lawley Cres, Mount Lawley.

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Event starts
Friday 19 May, 2017
Event Ends
Sunday 21 May, 2017
Various venues
Venue Address
Various venues

Western Australia, Perth

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