Aug 29, 2014

Tafelmusik launches 14/15 season with HANDEL FIREWORKS at Koerner Hall Rodolfo Richter, Violinist and Guest Director

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“I have rarely heard Vivaldi played with such hair-raising fizz and frenzy … Rodolfo Richter worked miracles of dexterity.”  - London Times

Toronto, August 27, 2014 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra launches the 14/15 season with a festive bang!  Violinist and Guest Director Rodolfo Richter leads the orchestra in concerts at Koerner Hall from September 18 to 21. The programme includes Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, along with works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli and Heinichen.  Richter will be the featured soloist in Vivaldi’s concerto Il grosso mogul.  Audience Talkbacks with musicians will take place after each concert. 
British/Brazilian violinist Rodolfo Richter is concertmaster of the Academy of Ancient Music and B’Rock, professor of baroque violin at the Royal College of Music in London, and director of the Early Music Course and Festival at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba in Brazil. He appears as soloist and director with, among others, Academia Montis Regalis (Italy), Bach Collegium San Diego (US), Barokkanerne (Norway), B’Rock (Belgium), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, and Academy of Ancient Music (UK). He is also very active as a chamber musician, and is a member of the acclaimed Palladian Ensemble. 
Richter was trained as a modern violinist with Moysés de Castro, Klaus Wusthoff, and Pinchas Zuckermann, and has studied composition with Hans Joachim Koellreutter and Pierre Boulez. He later specialized in the baroque violin with Monica Huggett at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a prizewinner at the prestigious International Early Music Competition for Ensembles in Bruges (2000), and won first prize at the Antonio Vivaldi International Violin Competition (2001). 
In programming these Tafelmusik concerts, Richter selected festive music that would utilize the full complement of brass players required for Handel’s Fireworks — for example, Heinichen’s Serenata di Moritzburg, which comprises movements that are like horn concertos. The inclusion of a Corelli concerto grosso was a natural choice — “again a kind of festive music,” says Richter, who maintains that the addition of winds in certain movements imparts a joyful richness to the musical texture. Richter has also programmed the Telemann concerto for trumpet and violin — a personal favourite — and Vivaldi’s Il Grosso Mogul concerto for these inaugural concerts of the 14/15 season. 
For tickets to our season opener, please click here!