FREE Lunchtime Concert: St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series: Bojan Cicic (Violin)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Passacaglia in G minor for solo violin “The Guardian Angel”
Pavle Despalj – Caprice for solo violin no 2
Johann Sebastian Bach – Sonata in C BWV 1005
Known for his intelligent and virtuosic playing on both the violin and viola d’amore, Bojan Cicic specialises in repertoire ranging from the late 16th century to the Romantic period.
He has been a guest leader and soloist with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the King’s Consort and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, working closely with conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock and Richard Egarr. He has appeared many times as a director with the Academy of Ancient Music and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
He has featured as a leader on numerous recordings with ensemble Florilegium, La Nuova Musica, and the Arcangelo Consort. His recording of J.S. Bach’s Concerto for two violins with Rachel Podger was recently named the best available recording by BBC Music Magazine.
Bojan’s own group, the Illyria Consort, recently made their first disc with Delphian Records, a groundbreaking recording of Carbonelli’s virtuosic violin sonatas that will be released in June 2017. The Illyria Consort explores rare repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries from the Venetian Republic and Habsburg Empire, and have performed at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Korkyra Baroque Festival, Festival Laus Polyphoniae, and at the Festival de Sablé.
Future projects include directing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Instruments of Time and Truth. Bojan plays a violin by Rugieri from the 1680s, kindly loaned to him by the Jumpstart Junior Foundation.
Bojan has established himself in recent years as an expert teacher. He was recently appointed Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music, and is passionate about training the next generation of instrumentalists in historically-informed playing styles.