Violin virtuoso to give master class and recital

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TEMECULA – The California Chamber Orchestra will present a master class and recital by violin virtuoso Francisco Fullana. The master class, for middle- and high-school string students, will take place Friday, May 17, from 5-8 p.m. in The Merc at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. The recital will be Saturday evening, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Murrieta Public Library.

“We’re very pleased to bring this exciting opportunity to the Murrieta/Temecula community,” Dana Zimbric, artistic director and conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra, said. “Francisco Fullana is one of the leading young violinists in the world. To be able to both learn from him and hear him perform is sensational.”

A protege of world renowned violinist Midori, Francisco Fullana has already made a name as both a performer and an educator. His appearance here is made possible by Midori’s Partners in Performance organization, which enables performances by world-class chamber musicians in smaller communities that would not ordinarily be on those artists’ itineraries.

“Last year we had the honor to present a recital by Midori at Murrieta Mesa High School. It was a magical evening made possible by our competitive award from Partners in Performance,” Zimbric said. “This Young Artist Recital is also a part of that award.”

For the master class, four local violin students will perform for and work with Fullana. The students were chosen through a competition run by the California Chamber Orchestra.

“We asked local music teachers to have their top students submit a video audition to our competition,” Zimbric said. “We received some truly wonderful performances, and we’re very proud of the students we selected. The format of the master class is that the selected students work individually with Mr. Fullana onstage at The Merc. Middle- and high-school students in the audience will get to listen to and observe the lessons, and I’m sure Mr. Fullana will take a few questions from the audience.”

Students wishing to observe the master class must have a ticket, which can be reserved by visiting www.CalChamberOrchestra.tix.com. Tickets are free and can be printed at home or stored on the students’ smartphones. Seating is limited and nobody can be admitted without a ticket.

“We know some parents might want to attend along with their students,” Zimbric said. “But because there are a limited number of seats in this small venue, except for the families of the winners and their teachers, tickets are available only to students. We appreciate the Old Town Temecula Community Theater making this venue available for us.”

For his Saturday evening recital, Fullana will appear with pianist Jiayi Shi. Their program will include music by Bela Bartok, Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and Franz Schubert.

“The Saturday recital at the Murrieta Public Library is a more traditional performance,” Zimbric said. “Mr. Fullana has chosen four pieces that we think the audience will really enjoy. We’re grateful to the Murrieta Public Library for partnering with us to make the venue available for this performance.”

Tickets for the recital are $25 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased online at www.CalChamberOrchestra.tix.com or by calling (800) 595-4849, an extra charge applies to telephone orders.

Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has received international praise as a “rising star” by BBC Music Magazine, an “amazing talent” by maestro Gustavo Dudamel and “a paragon of delicacy” by San Francisco’s Classical Voice. His playing has been described as “explosive” by Gramophone, “electric and virtuosic” by The Strad.

Born into a family of educators, Francisco first studied with Bernat Pomar in his hometown of Palma de Mallorca, later graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, where he matriculated under the tutelage of Manuel Guillén. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School studying with Donald Weilerstein and Masao Kawasaki, and is also an artist diploma graduate from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he worked with violinist Midori.

He currently performs on the 1735 “Mary Portman” ex-Kreisler Guarneri del Gesù violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Partners in Performance was founded with the monetary award that Midori received as part of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 2001. Initiated in the wake of Arts Council funding cutbacks across the United States, Partners in Performance aims to stimulate local interest in recitals and chamber music, specifically in smaller outlying communities without the financial resources of major urban centers and to support classical music presenters in these communities by offering affordable concerts by major artists. Through Partners in Performance, high profile artists – including Midori – can donate their services for concerts to galvanize community attention and offer support to smaller-scale arts presenters.

The California Chamber Orchestra presents a series of classical concerts as well as the Classics at The Merc chamber recital series at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. In addition, we offer educational programs including school assemblies and coaching for school music ensembles.

Submitted by California Chamber Orchestra.