Uto Ughi - violin
Uto Ughi showed remarkable talent from earliest childhood; in this first public concert at the age of seven he played the Chaconne from Bach's Partita No. 2 and several Paganini Capriccios. He then went on to study with Georges Enescu, who had been Yehudu Menuhin's teacher. In 1959, Uto Ughi started touring Europe, giving concerts in all the most European capitals and in Italy, where he regularey appears with the major orchestras as well as on the Italian Radio. One critic, as early as 1952, wrote: "Uto Ughi must consider himself an artistically and technically mature artist". In 1963 the Australia Broadcasting Comission (A.B.C.) invited him to come to Australian and New Zealand for a long Celebrities Series concert tour.
Considered one of the finest violinists in the world today, Uto Ughi has appeared with all the most important European and American Orchestras, including: Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Washington Symphony under the direction of conductors such as Celebidache, Colin Davis, Haitink, Sinopoli, Sargent, Rozhdestvenskj, Leitner, Prêtre, Rostropovich, Cluytens, Kondrashin, Chung, Masur, Bishkof, Ceccato. Every public appearance of his is so successful that requests for more concerts come flooding in from the United States, Canada, the Soviet Union, Australia, Japan.
He has appeared as soloist with all the most prestigious English orchestras, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Orchestra. His success at the Salzsburg and Vienna Festivals, where he performed Mozart in the double role of soloist and conductor, was particularly brilliant. For the "Italia 2000" celebrations in Russia, he gave a concert with the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra for an audience that included the most distinguished representatives of the Russian government and culture. He recently appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rostropovich and with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic, concerts which were so memorable that they were headlined in the international press. In November 1990, during his official state visit to England, Italian President Cossiga asked him to play for the Queen.
In 1992, the Washington Post wrote a rave review of his performance of the Beethoven Concerto with Rostropovich: "Uto Ughi is a violinist whose mind is as interesting as his hands. He showed a fine sense of form with excellent technique and perfect aplomb". Uto Ughi founded the 'Homage to Venice' Festival, to collect funds for the restoration of Venetian historic monuments. In 1978 he was named permanent member of the St. Cecilia Academy. His long list of recordings under the RCA Victor Red (BMG) label includes performances of the Beethoven and Brahms Concertos with Sawallisch, the Tchiakowsky Concerto with Kurt Sanderling, the Mendelssohn and Bruch Concertos with Prêtre, a group of Beethoven Sonatas with Sawallish at the piano, the complete Mozart's Concertos, a Viotti Concerto, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, three Paganini Concertos in the double role of soloist and conductor, the Dvorak Concerto with Leonard Slatkin conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.
The new albums released are: "Il Trillo del diavolo" a live recording featuring the most popular virtuoso pieces for violin, the Schumann Concerto with M° Sawallisch and the Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Vivaldi Concertos with I Filarmonici di Roma.
Uto Ughi plays a Guarnieri del Gesù of 1744 which, with its deep, warm sound, is probably one of the most beautiful Guarneris in existence, and a Stradivarius of 1701, known as "Kreutzer" because it once belonged to the violinist by that name to whom Beethoven dedicated his famous Sonata.
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