Adrien La Marca

Adrien La Marca
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Recently announced as the 2014 Victoires de la Musique ‘Révélation Soliste Instrumental’ , French violist Adrien La Marca began his musical studies at a young age in Aix-en-Provence. In 2005 he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Jean Sulem and went on to graduate with the highest honours. That same year, he won First Prize at the French National Young Violists Competition.

In 2008, he was invited to take part in Seiji Ozawa's International Music Academy in Switzerland alongside his cellist brother, Christian-Pierre. Whilst there, he had the opportunity to work with Robert Mann, Pamela Franck, Nobuko Imaï, Sadao Harada and Seiji Ozawa. After receiving his Master's degree at the Paris Conservatoire, he completed a Concertmeister program in Leipzig with Tatjana Masurenko. He currently studies at the prestigious Hans Eisler's Hochschule in Berlin with Tabea Zimmermann. Other influential teachers include Nobuko Imaï, Lawrence Power, Kim Kashkashian, Hatto Beyerle, Antoine Tamestit and Yuri Bashmet.

An active soloist since 2004, Adrien La Marca has performed at the Auditorium du Musée d'Orsay, the Grand Salon des Invalides, the National Portrait Gallery in London and made his debut at the Cité de la Musique with the William Walton concerto. Further to this, he has participated in numerous festivals such as the Merrick Festival, Miami; Les Nuits Pianistiques; Aix-en-Provence; Folle journée Nantes; Musica, Strasbourg; Grange de Meslay, near Tours – the founder of which was Sviatoslav Richter; Bad Kissingen; Ravinia; Verbier and Kuhmo. Chamber music partners include Alina Ibragimova, Renaud Capuçon, Franck Braley, Nicholas Angelich, Andreas Brantelid, Michel Portal and the Ebène quartet.

2010 was an outstanding year. In March, Adrien was selected by Gidon Kremer to take part in the "Chamber music connects the world" programme where he performed alongside Andras Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Frans Helmerson and Gidon Kremer. In September, after successively becoming laureate of the "Spedidam Generation" scheme, Adrien was a finalist in the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria. He also won three special prizes at the 10th International Lionel Tertis Competition (including best interpretation of both the Brahms sonata and compulsory work).

In 2012 Adrien won the prize for best interpretation of the William Walton concerto at the 13th International William Primrose competition and was voted 'the most outstanding personality'. The same year, he was the first violist to win the "Avant-Scènes" competition in Paris.

Adrien has been invited by Renaud Capuçon to perform in a quartet celebrating the Busch Quartet (1919 – 1951), the ensemble will present a European tour in 2015. Adrien has appeared on French television as part of the Victoires de la Musique and was broadcast on German Radio performing William Walton's concerto with MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig.

Adrien is very fortunate to play a viola by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, kindly lent by the Zilber/Rampal Foundation. As a winner of the "Fondation Banque Populaire", Adrien is supported by "L'Or du Rhin" foundation.

January 2014

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