Arditti (violin) photo Robin D'amore
In addition to his phenomenal career as
first violinist of the Arditti Quartet, Irvine Arditti continues
to excel as an extraordinary soloist. Born in London in 1953, Irvine
Arditti began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music at the age
of 16. He joined the London Symphony Orchestra in 1976 and after
two years, at the age of 25, became its Co-Concert Master. He left
the orchestra in 1980 in order to devote more time to the Arditti
Quartet which he had formed while still a student.
the past decade Irvine Arditti has given the world premières
of a plethora of large scale works especially written for him. These
include Xenakis' Dox Orkh and Hosokawa's Landscape
III , both for violin and orchestra, as well as Ferneyhough's
Terrain , Francesconi's Riti Neurali and Body
Electric, Dillon's Vernal Showers and Harvey's Scena,
Pauset's Vita Nova, Reynolds Aspiration and
Sciarrino's Le Stagioni Artificiali, all for violin and
ensemble. He has appeared with many distinguished orchestras and
ensembles including the Bayerische Rundfunk, BBC Symphony, Berlin
Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie,
Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Paris, Het Residentie
den Hague, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Asko Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps
, London Sinfonietta , Nieuw Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Modern, Oslo
Sinfonietta, Schoenberg Ensemble. His performances of many concertos
have won acclaim by their composers, in particular Ligeti and Dutilleux.
January 2012 there was a Nono concert in Madrid containing La
Lontananza and Hay que Caminar, where he was
joined by Andre Richard for the sound projection and Ashot Sarkissjan
for the duo.
12th May at Miller Theatre, New York, Irvine gave the premiere of
a new work by Hilda Paredes, Senales for violin and ensemble
with Signal, the New York based ensemble and their conductor Brad
are several performances planned this year of Cage's Freeman Etudes,
to coincide with the centenery of the composer's birth.
will take place in Darmstadt (17th July), Washington (6th September),
Tokyo (25th September), Venice (10th October) and Huddersfield (20th
11th-14th March 2013 Irvine will be in residence at McGill University
Montreal where he will coach performers and composers, as well as
perform a recital with music by Xenakis, Reynolds, Dillon, Ferneyhough,
Paredes and Sciarrino
as having recorded over 180 CDs with the Arditti Quartet, Irvine
Arditti has built an impressive catalogue of solo recordings. His
CD of solo violin works by composers such as Carter, Estrada, Ferneyhough
and Donatoni, as well as his recording of Nono's La Lontananza
, both on the label Montaigne Auvidis, have been awarded numerous
prizes. His recording of Cage's Freeman Etudes for solo
violin, as part of his complete Cage violin music series for American
label Mode, has made musical history. The series is now complete.
The violin concertos by Berio, Xenakis and Mira, recorded in Moscow
with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, are featured on a disc by
Swedish label Bis.
Arditti's arrangement for Quartet of Cage's 44 Harmonies from Apartment
House can be found on Mode Records.
complete Mode recordings of Berio's Sequenza's, on which Irvine
has recorded the violin sequenza has won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis
for 2007, and was awarded best contemporary music release by the
Italian music magazine Amadeus in 2008.