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Rafael Lopez Bolivar (violin)

Wed Jul 2nd 2008, 11:15 am–12:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR

Rafael Lopez Bolivar


Rafael Lopez Bolivar (violin)
Rafael was born in Madrid in 1979 and started to play violin at the age of 5 years old. He entered the Royal Conservatory of Madrid at the age of 8 and graduated in 1999 with the prestigious Sarasate Prize, this price is only given to those who achieve 100% mark in their final recital. The same year he won a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music of London with Maurice Hasson. While at the Academy he was leader of many orchestras and won the annual Academy competition for Piano Trios. Rafael finished his Academy studies in 2001 with a PGDipRAM and a LRAM with one of the highest marks of his year.

The same year he joined the National Orchestra of Spain as the youngest leader in the history of the orchestra. He worked closely with artist such as Sir Colin Davis, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Zubin Mehta, Anton Garcia-Abril, etc. He also performed solo concertos as part of his role as leader and toured Spain, France and Germany.

In 2003 Rafael moved back to London where he is now a well established teacher and free-lance player. He regularly performs with orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic.

He is a very keen chamber music player and in 2004 toured England and Spain with his own Piano Trio.

This season he is mainly working in the solo violin repertoire, playing pieces mainly by Ysaye, Bach and Paganini. Rafael is expecting also to record this repertoire the coming season and realise it under his own independent music label.

Free admission

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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