Laurent KORCIA, violin
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The freedom, the presence and the imagination of Laurent Korcia’s playing, only a handful of violinists - living or dead - have it… Korcia has it all: the majestic style, the technique, the charisma, the ideas, the charm. (Le Monde) His recordings of Ysaÿe and Bartok make it clear: Laurent Korcia is an outstanding violinist. One of those whose passion and instinct just grab you from the very first bars. Just like those turn-of-the-century virtuosos, Elman, Heifetz, Ysaÿe or Kubelik, whose style, sound and vibrato were a real trademark, you can’t mistake Korcia for another. For this reason, he stands out among his contemporaries. (Diapason).
Taken under the wing of Pierre Barbizet from his early age, Laurent Korcia studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Michèle Auclair, herself pupil of Jacques Thibaud and George Enesco. First Prize laureat from the Paris Conservatoire, he continued his studies with Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth prize “for the most outstanding contribution to the College”. At the age of eighteen, he won the Paganini Competition in Genoa, affording him the honour of performing on Paganini's Guarnerius, he also won a Grand Prix at the Concours Jacques Thibaud, a first prize at the International Zino Francescatti Competition and was laureate of theYoung Concert Artists Trust in London.
He is considered one of the most distinctive violinists of his generation. In 2002, he won the prestigious award Victoire de la Musique ‘Instrumental Soloist of the Year’ and was made ‘Chevalier des arts et lettres’. He also received the George Enesco Prize of the SACEM and the Grand Prix of the Académie Charles Cros.
Laurent Korcia performs regularly with leading European orchestras with conductors such as Yuri Ahronovitch, Philippe Bender, Semyon Bychkov, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Norman del Mar, Stéphane Denève, Charles Dutoit, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Emmanuel Krivine, Louis Langrée, John Nelson, Sakari Oramo, Marcello Panni, Michel Plasson, Manuel Rosenthal, Yutaka Sado, Michael Schønwandt, Tugan Sokhiev, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Heinz Wallberg and Walter Weller…In 2005, he perfoms with the National Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur.
He is one of the rare contemporary violinists to include solo violin recitals in his concert repertoire, with programmes ranging from Bach to contemporary music. He gave all six Ysaÿe sonatas to great critical acclaim at the Auditorium du Louvre and the Verbier Festival, and performed the world première of H.-W. Henze’s Sonata for solo violin and the violin concerto Exultet by Edith Canat de Chizy, who dedicated her Irisations for violin to him. Other collaborations include the ballet Achterland by the choreographer Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker, based around the Sonatas of Eugène Ysaÿe, which travelled on a year-long world tour. He has also recorded the music for the film The Diary of Anne Frank and participated in the documentary by Bruno Monsaingeon L’art du violon along with Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel and Hilary Hahn.
After an exclusive contract with BMG/RCA, Laurent Korcia now records for the Naïve label. Naïve releases include: - Danses (Naïve), a collection of violin miniatures with guests including Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Michel Portal - BartoKorcia: a Bartok double CD with concerto n°2, the sonata for solo violin, the first sonata for violin and piano and Contrastes with the CBSO, S. Oramo, J.-E Bavouzet and M. Portal - Bruno Coulais ‘ Stabat Mater with the Mikrokosmos Choir, Guillaume Depardieu and Aïcha Redouane.
Since 1999, Laurent Korcia has been playing on the Zahn Stradivarius (1719), a violin on loan by the prestigious French group LVMH, Moët-Hennessy-Louis Vuitton.