Alexandre Da Costa 2019 tour: reviews and more

Alexandre Da Costa 2019 tour: reviews and more
December 8, 2019 Jacqueline

SONY Classical artist, JUNO award-winning Canadian violinist, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil (Montreal) and Artistic Director of the Festival International Hautes-Laurentides, returned on tour to Australia for 14 concerts in 21 days including a day of masterclasses at The King’s School, Sydney.

With recent soloist engagements including  the S. Wagner violin concerto with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra (Chile), Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra (USA) and Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra (Spain)  in Australia Da Costa continued with the Bruch concerto with Sydney’s Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven violin concerto with Melbourne’s Zelman Symphony Orchestra and performances for City Recital Hall (Sydney), Sydney Opera House Utzon Room with the Orava Quartet, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre (NSW) and a series of house concerts in Melbourne.

Da Costa’s newest recording release for SONY Classical is Stradivarius à l’opéra II : Wagner – available on Apple Music here with Da Costa’s new crossover project, Stradivarius BaROCK due out on SONY in 2020.

Links:

  • SBS French Radio interview (in French), aired Saturday 2 November, 2019: https://www.sbs.com.au/language/french/audio/alexandre-da-costa-violoniste-d-exception-au-willoughby-symphony
  • Live review of Bruch concerto, with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in ClassikOn: “The young French-Canadian impressed with his thoughtful tenderness in the second movement… after a first movement that showed off his clean technique… The Finale further demonstrated the great conviction in Da Costa’s playing and his double-stopping prowess.”
  • Live review of Bruch in Sydney Arts Guide:“Da Costa as soloist was full of leonine confidence and charismatically dominated the stage, giving a performance full of virtuoso bravura that dazzled. His stylish solos ranged from fiery and dramatic to tender, heartbreaking and lyrical. The encore was an exquisite, lyrical soaring solo violin version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, incredibly moving.”
  • Live review of Beethoven concerto, with Zelman Symphony Orchestra in ClassikOn: “an understated rockstar vibe… and what a beautiful tone leapt from his violin.”
  • Live review of Sydney Opera House performance with Orava Quartet in Limelight: “Da Costa coaxed a rich, dark sound from his Stradivarius, digging into the low register and shimmering at the top of the opening solo as the Oravas entered below. A lush performance”
  • ABC Classic DUET live performance with pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska (2018): https://www.facebook.com/abc.classic/videos/duet-alexandre-da-costa/1863303753776795/
Da Costa returns to Australia on tour in September/October 2020  including for the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Resonate series on Sunday 27 September, 2020.
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