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Eastern Europe… A Musical Journey — Alda Dizdari (violin) and Tom Blach (piano)

Wed Jul 14th 2010, 12:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Alda Dizdari

Alda Dizdari is an outstanding musician of immense diversity. Her powerful performance of Sibelius' Violin Concerto in Canterbury Cathedral in 2008 established her as a musician of international calibre and the leading Albanian cultural ambassador. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras in major concert venues and festivals in the UK, US, France, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania and Albania.

In 2006 she received her first nomination for “Best Classical Musician of the Year 2006” in her native Albania. She was the featured soloist with the Albanian orchestra when they made their UK début at the Canterbury Festival in the presence of the Albanian Deputy Prime Minister. She continued that success with solo performances and recitals in St James Piccadilly, St. John’s Smith Square, St Martins in the Fields, as well as concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Greece, France, Holland followed by her début Recital at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in 2010.

In addition to being a devoted chamber musician, she has also been guest leader of the Allegri String Quartet performing in all the major music festivals in the country, leader of the Ensemble de la Chappele St Mark, Luxembourg as well as the founder of Chromatico Contemporary Ensemble and Competition. She has toured Europe with Ensemble Modern and Pierre Boulez and will join them again in Autumn 2010.

Born in Tirana, Albania, into a family of musicians, Ms Dizdari left her country from an early age to pursue her career in music. She studied in Romania with distinguished soloists and received a Bachelor Degree from the University of Bucharest. She continued her Master Studies at the University of Illinois in USA and her Advanced Instrumental Studies in London, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno where she also held for two years the prestigious Leverhulme String Fellowship.

In 2008 she was appointed Musician in Residence of the Wapping Arts Trust with HRH Princess Michael of Kent as patron. She has embarked on an extended tour of concerts and projects exploring the relationship between music and art called "Rhythmic Ties Concert Series". These projects are taking her all around England, Holland, France, the US and Australia collaborating with major visual artists and musicians

Ms Dizdari plays a G.B. Ceruti Violin, Cremona 1791, which was bought specially for her by a private sponsor.

Tom Blach

Tom Blach studied with John Barstow and Yu Chun Yee at the Royal College of Music, where he was a major prize-winner. Since his highly acclaimed London début in 1987, under the auspices of the Park Lane Group, he has performed extensively in collaboration with many of today’s finest artists. He has appeared on television on the BBC, in France, Spain, Germany and Russia, and on radio worldwide, and given recitals at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Seoul Arts Centre, the Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gateau in Paris, the Herkulesaal in Munich, the Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, St. David’s Hall in Cardiff and at festivals including those of Bath, Brighton, Newbury, Harrogate, Swansea, Chichester, Colmar, Palma, Mecklenburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

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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