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After travelling the world with his violin, Alexandre Da Costa presents Stradivarius at the opera, his new "concert-spectacle".

Accompanied by a string ensemble of nine Québécois musicians, the artist will perform as both soloist—on his Stradivarius—and conductor. The selected pieces, from his most recent album Stradivarius à l'Opéra will give his audience the opportunity to hear great classics of romantic opera, as well as more modern melodies, interpreted with all the passion, elegance and sensitivity Alexandre Da Costa is renowned for. Carmen by Bizet, Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev and Turandot by Puccini will thrill both devoted connoisseurs and newcomers to the scene.

A brilliant fusion of music and digital arts


Alexandre Da Costa developed an utterly contemporary concept for this concert, marrying music and digital arts. Visual concept and stage design were handled by the Montreal firm Silent Partners (Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Opéra de Montréal, P!NK…), whose distinctive artistic touch highlights the singular work of the musicians.

Colourful narrative sequences plunge the audience into a captivating visual and aural immersive experience. The succession of tableaux perfectly suits the music, creating an utterly singular artistic harmony.

Light artist Alexis Bowles (Per Te, Carmen, Bianco su Bianco, opening ceremonies of the paralympic games of Sochi, La Vérità, Requiem by Verdi…) makes his signature felt through his modern sensibility, demonstrating his ability to fuse ambience, textures and rhythms.

Set designer Guillaume Lord (Zala by Cirque du Soleil, Nomade and Rain by Cirque Éloize, Roméo et Juliette and Les Trois Mousquetaires at TNM, Loves Lies Bleeding, Eros Ramazzotti, Arturo Brachetti…) brings his own bold stamp to showcasing the fusion of sound and image. The result is simply stunning.


 

Sony Classical artist and Winner of the 2012 Juno Award, Alexandre Da Costa was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He showed an uncommon interest for both the violin and piano at a very early age. By the age of nine, he had the astonishing ability to perform his first concerts with stunning virtuosity on both instruments, which brought him recognition as a musical prodigy. His chosen professional career as a violinist began very early and, after encouragement from Charles Dutoit, he was soon performing regularly as soloist with orchestra as well as in recital.

At age 18, he obtained a Master's Degree in violin and a First Prize from the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. Concurrently, he also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Interpretation from the University of Montreal. Subsequently, told he had to choose one instrument, he studied in Madrid at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia with a legendary violin teacher who became his mentor, Zakhar Bron (whose previous students famously include the likes of Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin). He later pursued post-graduate studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst of Vienna, Austria, with G. Schulz, C. Altenburger and R. Honeck, and is currently completing a research PhD. Among the many other prizes that followed were the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2003 the Council's Musical Instrument Bank decided to go further and award him the "1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius". In 2010, he received the prestigious Virginia-Parker Prize, one of Canada's highest cultural distinctions.

Winner of many national and international first prizes, including the International Violin Competition Pablo Sarasate, Alexandre Da Costa has given close to two thousand concerts and recitals throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He has performed the major halls of Vienna (Musikverein), Berlin (Philharmonie), New York (Carnegie Hall), Beijing (Poly-Theater) and beyond. He has played and recorded as guest soloist with more than a 100 different orchestras including London's Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna, Berlin, Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden, Bergen, Buffalo and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National TV and Radio Orchestra of Spain, the YOA Orchestra of the Americas and many more. Conductors he has played under include Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tugan Sokhiev, Vasily Petrenko, Matthias Bamert, John Axelrod, Johannes Wildner and Peter Oundjian. His live performance broadcasts have aired on BBC, WestDeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), CBC, NPR, ORF and many others. Da Costa has given world premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Michael Daugherty, Lorenzo Palomo, Paul Sarcich, Jean Lesage and Airat Ichmouratov. Alexandre Da Costa is also active as a chamber musician and has recently recorded the complete Brahms sonatas, alongside pianist Wonny Song. Da Costa has performed alongside acclaimed chamber musicians such as Menahem Pressler, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Matt Haimowitz and Hélène Mercier.

As a recording artist, he has recorded 25 CDs with Sony Classical, Warner Classics, JVC/Victor, Naxos, Acacia Classics/Universal, ATMA, XXI-21 and Octave/Universal, among them the world premiere recordings of the Violin Concertos by Portuguese composers Freitas Branco and Fernandes. In 2012, he won the JUNO award for "Classical Album of the Year" for his recording of the concertos by American composer Michael Daugherty, with the Montreal Symphony under Pedro Halffter for Warner Classics. The Washington Post selected his recording of the Beethoven concerto with Klezmer cadenzas by Ichmouratov as CD of the Year. He now records for Spectra and Sony Classical. His latest release Stradivarius at the Opera, recorded with the Vienna Symphony, quickly attained the best-seller status, and was converted into a multimedia concert booked around the world.

Alexandre Da Costa is Music Director of both the Acacia Ensemble (Canada) and the Indian Ocean Ensemble (Australia). He also regularly performs as guest soloist and conductor (Play & Conduct) with ensembles such as the Queen Sofia Royal Chamber Orchestra, the Virtuosos of Venezuela Symphony and the Vienna Symphony (Wiener Symphoniker).

In addition to his soloist activities, Alexandre Da Costa is Associate Professor and Head of Strings at the Edith Cowan University and regularly gives masterclasses at various universities and conservatories around the world. Institutions he visited include the Sydney Conservatorium, the University of Toronto and the Superior Conservatories of Montreal, Madrid and Shanghai. He also served as benchmarking consultant for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and guest speaker for TEDx. As Concertmaster, he regularly leads orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Singapore Symphony, under conductors such as Philippe Jordan, Tugan Sokhiev, Günter Herbig and Lorin Maazel. He currently holds the position of Artistic Director of the Laurentians Classical Festival of Canada and Artistic Director at Acacia Classics Productions. Alexandre Da Costa plays a Stradivarius of 1701 loaned by his friends Guy and Maryse Deveault.

 


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"Alexandre Da Costa offered a perfect balance of daring and virtuosity during the premiere of his show Stradivarius à l'Opéra."

— Yves Leclerc, Journal de Québec

"With Stradivarius à l'Opéra, Alexandre Da Costa proves that you can reconsider a classical concert in terms of lighting, ambience and imagery without sacrificing the quality of the musical interpretation in the slightest."

— Josianne Desloges, Le Soleil

"I was enchanted: what a violinist! Beauty of sound. Fastest fingers I have ever heard, but the musical elegance to play different styles. And great humour. Chapeau!"

— Leon Spierer
(solo violinist, first concertmaster of the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, 1963-1993)

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Concerts


December 2017

02 Montréal Théâtre Outremont tickets

10 Mont-Laurier L'Espace Théâtre tickets

January 2018

28 Saint-Jérôme Théâtre Gilles Vigneault tickets

February 2018

01 Drummondville Salle Léo-Paul-Therrien tickets

04 Terrebonne Théâtre du Vieux Terrebonne tickets

07 Sherbrooke Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke tickets

11 Sainte-Geneviève Salle Pauline-Julien tickets

15 Alma Salle Michel-Côté tickets

16 Saint-Georges-de-Beauce Auditorium du Cégep tickets

18 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Théâtre des Deux-Rives On sale soon

23 Trois-Rivières Salle J.-Antonio-Thompson tickets

25 Montmagny Salle Promutuel Assurance tickets

March 2018

01 Sainte-Thérèse Théâtre Lionel-Groulx tickets

 
 

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