Vivacious. Fierce. Expressive. These are just some of the words used to describe Leila Schayegh, one of the world’s most acclaimed Baroque violinists. Making her long-awaited Australian debut, the Swiss-Iranian musician takes to the stage as Guest Director and soloist to lead the Brandenburg through a brightly-textured program of Baroque masterworks from JS Bach, Leclair and Zelenka.
Celebrated throughout Europe for her expressive interpretations of classical repertoire, Leila has carved a singular career. She performs on an instrument made in Cremona in 1675 by legendary luthier and founder of Casa Guarneri, Andrea Guarneri. In a simple twist of fate, the exceptionally promising, then seven-year-old violin student, saw the course of her musical life forever changed when she was offered the chance to become the custodian of the rare instrument.
Since 2010, Leila has been Professor of Baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. Her performances are pure poetry and convey the freedom of a true virtuoso unrestrained by technical limitations. An unmissable season highlight.
1hr 40mins (incl. interval)
November 9th, 2023
November 12th, 2023
GETTING TO THE VENUE
BY TAXI: The Sturt Street entrance of the Centre is the safest place for taxis and ride share drivers to pick up and drop off. A taxi rank is located on St Kilda Road in front of the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne.
BY TRAM: Arts Precinct, Sturt St, Stop 17 is on the Route 1 service and is conveniently located at the Centre’s doorstep.
Alternatively, Stop 16, in front of the National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne Recital Centre is a short walk down Southbank Boulevard (approximately 200 metres). This stop is serviced by routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72.
BY TRAIN: The nearest station is Flinders Street, located approximately 10 minutes walk from the Centre.
BY BUS: Melbourne Bus Link operates three routes along Southbank Boulevard: Route 216, 219 and 220.
BY CAR: Limited on-street parking is available around Southbank or you can choose from a variety of conveniently located car parks close to the venue.
"Silvery-smooth tone and sure-handed virtuosity" - Gramophone
"Absorbing and brilliant" - The Guardian
Guest Director and Baroque Violin: Leila Schayegh
Lighting Designer: Ryan McDonald
Performing with: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Zelenka Hipocondrie à 7 Concertanti, ZWV 187
Handel Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 3 No. 4, HWV 315
Leclair Violin Concerto, Op. 10 No. 5
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069
Bach Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052R
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