Kenneth Weiss and Lina Tur Bonet
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
The Kosciuszko Foundation
La Petite Merveille and the Red Priest
The Spanish violinist Lina Tur Bonet and American harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss offer sonatas by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, called “the small wonder” at Louis XIV’s court, and Antonio Vivaldi, aka the “Red Priest.” La Guerre’s works mix Italian fire with French grace, while Vivaldi’s newly reconstructed Graz Sonatas will be heard for the first time in the U.S.
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The violinist Lina Tur Bonet received her first musical training from her father, Antonio Tur. She studied with Ana Chumachenco, Günter Pichler, and Hiro Kurosaki, receiving further training from Tibor Varga, Franco Gulli, Shmuel Askenasi, Rainer Kussmaul, and Erich Höbarth. Today, Lina Tur Bonet is a professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Zaragoza. She has been a guest soloist at numerous festivals: Styriarte, Herne, Granada, Lufthansa London, Aranjuez, Musika-Música Bilbao, San Sebastián, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Palau de Valencia, and Munich Residence Week. She specializes in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach; she has performed in his Passions and cantatas at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and in major Latin American theaters.
As a chamber musician, she has performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Potsdam Music Festival, the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, at the Philharmonie in Saint Petersburg, and the Palau de Barcelona. She has been the first chair of the Clemencic Consort, Il Complesso Barocco, Concerto Köln, the Bach Consort Wien, and the Munich Hofkapelle. She played regularly with ensembles including Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Arts Florissants, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra Mozart Bologna directed by Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding and John Eliot Gardiner, and others. She has worked with Menahem Pressler, Patrick Demenga, Thomas Brandis, members of the Casals Quartet, Christoph Hammer, Hiro Kurosaki, and Kenneth Weiss. Her recording of the sonatas of Jacquet de la Guerre with Kenneth Weiss and Patxi Montero received a 5-star Diapason award alongside numerous other awards.