Bach and Friends – Rodolfo Richter and Pierre Joubert, violins with William Carter, Lute

Bach and Friends – Rodolfo Richter and Pierre Joubert, violins with William Carter, Lute

Tuesday 28 May 2024
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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We are delighted (and spectacularly lucky!) to welcome three of the world’s top early music specialists to Ashburton for their first performance together as a trio. The three musicians have been friends and colleagues since the 1990s and have played hundreds of concerts together around the world in various period chamber ensembles and orchestras, notably the Academy of Ancient Music. William writes, “This concert as a trio, the first of many we hope, has come 
about simply out of a desire to celebrate Pierre’s return to the 
United Kingdom after living in California for many years.”

Rodolfo Richter, Violin
Pierre Joubert, Violin
William Carter, Lute

I. Sonata in F major RV 68 Antonio Vivaldi [1678-1741]
II. Adagio and Fuga in g minor BWV 1001a J.S.Bach [1685-1750]
III. Sonata in e minor Op.3 No.5 Jean-Marie Leclair [1697-1764]
IV. Schlummert ein,ihr matten Augen BWV.82/3 J.S.Bach
V. Sonata in F major RV 70 Antonio Vivaldi

Pierre Joubert studied music at the Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated with an ABSM Diploma on the violin. He was also awarded the Head of Schools Prize for his work in the field of chamber music. Upon graduating, he joined the BBC Midland Radio Orchestra and from 1982 to 1992 held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the English String Orchestra. During his time with the ESO he played in concerts in the UK and across Europe, recorded extensively and performed in a major tour of the USA conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin. He also worked with Sir Michael Tippett in a BBC television programme featuring the composer.
An interest in Baroque music led to the study of the Baroque violin and in 1988 he joined the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Christopher Hogwood. As a regular member of the A.A.M. he has given concerts in all of the main concert halls of Europe, Japan, South America and the U.S.A. and worked with Christopher Hogwood, Robert Levin, Andrew Manze, Paul Goodwin and Richard Egarr. He has played on a large number of commercial recordings for Decca Records and Harmonia Mundi, including concertos and orchestral works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, symphonies by Haydn and Beethoven, concertos by Mozart, and operas by Handel, Haydn and Mozart. In 1994, he joined the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the direction of principal conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Franz Bruggen. He has played with the orchestra in all the major cities of Europe along with regular appearances at the Lincoln Center. Highlights have included a residency at the Salzburg Festival with Sir Simon Rattle, a U.S. tour with Cecilia Bartoli including Carnegie Hall, and concerts, radio and T.V. broadcasts with Franz Bruggen, Gustav Leonhardt, William Christie, and Sir Charles Mackerras.
Since moving to San Diego in 2002, Pierre became Concertmaster and Associate Director of the Bach Collegium San Diego from 2004 until 2016, taught music history and performance practice at UCSD and has continued touring with the Academy of Ancient Music. As a founding member of San Diego Baroque he has performed in venues across Southern California.

William Carter is a founding member of the Palladian Ensemble and a virtuoso player of the baroque guitar, lute and theorbo.

Born in Florida, William received a rigorous but conventional training as a classical guitarist with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University before falling in love with the earlier plucked instruments and the world of historical performance. Following initial guidance from Pat O’Brien in New York City, he travelled to London as a Fulbright Scholar where he studied the lute with Nigel North and quickly established himself as one of the leading players on old instruments. Concert tours and festival appearances followed throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, both as an orchestral player and chamber musician, and soloist with his own group, The Palladian Ensemble which has recorded 10 albums. William has featured on numerous recordings by the Academy of Ancient Music for which he is the principal lutenist. He is also an enthusiastic teacher and is Professor of Baroque Studies and Lute at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.
2005 saw William embark on a series of solo Baroque guitar recordings for Linn Records: the first, La Guitarre Royalle: The Music of Francesco Corbetta, was named in Gramophone’s Critics’ Choice end of year list. Carter has been awarded Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice twice, for La Guitarra Española: The Music of Santiago de Murcia and Fernando Sor: Early Works. His most recent recording in the series, Le Calme: Fernando Sor Late Works, was awarded an Opus d’Or and also topped Gramophone’s Critics’ Choice list. His most recent album of Bach’s solo lute music was featured on BBC Radio 3 and chosen as one of the 10 best Bach recordings of 2018 by Gramophone.

Rodolfo Richter’s never-ending curiosity, combined with a deep passion for music led British/Brazilian violinist has led to a diverse career as director, soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, concertmaster, teacher and composer. Heis a frequent guest director and soloist around the world, including regular engagements with Tafelmusik (Toronto), Arion (Montréal), Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tesserae (Los Angeles), Seville Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music in London and Belgium’s B’Rock Orchestra.
Praised by the international press as “one of the most inspirational baroque violinists of his generation”, chamber music has always been at the core of his activities over the years as the leading violinist of many acclaimed groups, such as The Palladian Ensemble, Florilegium, Steinitz Bach Players and Theatre of the Ayre. He often performs in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein in Vienna, Sydney’s City Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls in New York.
His love for new and old music, particularly early 20th-century chamber music, resulted in the creation of the Richter Ensemble in 2018. With the aim to explore hidden connections between works from different eras, the group often presents programs as varied as Bach/Webern, Schubert/Schoenberg, Rebel/Pärt or Vivaldi/Reich/Ligeti.
In great demand as a guest concertmaster, Rodolfo has led The English Concert, Concerto Köln, Capella Mediterranea, Pygmaleon, Ex Cathedra, La Nuova Musica, Die Kölner Akademie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  He has collaborated with many eminent conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Marris Jansons and Pierre Boulez. He is a former concertmaster of the Academy of Ancient Music (2005-2015) and B’Rock (2009-2018).
Rodolfo’s extensive discography includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with AAM (Harmonia Mundi USA) and Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons with B’Rock (Etcetera) as well as the first recording of the complete sonatas by Erlebach (Linn Records) and Guretzky’s violin concerto (Chandos). Currently he has embarked with the Richter Ensemble in a project to record the complete Second Viennese School string quartets on gut strings, thereby proposing a unique interpretation to this repertoire.
Recognising the importance of sharing knowledge, Rodolfo is the director of he Early Music Course and Festival at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba in Brazil since 2012. In addition to giving masterclasses all over the world, from 2007-2015 he was Professor of Baroque violin at the Royal College of Music in London.
Rodolfo started his musical education studying counterpoint, harmony and free composition with Hans Joachim Koellreutter. On Koellreutter’s recommendation, he further developed his knowledge of composition by taking private lessons with Pierre Boulez and participating in master classes with Hans Joachim Hespos, Luigi Nono and Elliot Carter. His works have been performed in concert halls and festivals of new music worldwide. He was the musical director of the “Música Nova” concerts series promoted by the Fundação Cultural de Curitiba in Brazil.
Klaus Wusthoff, I-Fu Wang and Pinchas Zuckermann were Rodolfo’s main violin teachers. He later specialized in the Baroque violin with Monica Huggett. He was a prizewinner at the prestigious International Early Music Competition for Ensembles in Bruges (2000) and won first prize at the Antonio Vivaldi International Violin Competition (2001).

“I have rarely heard Vivaldi played with such hair-raising fizz and frenzy…Rodolfo Richter worked miracles of dexterity.”   The Times, UK

“He proved, once again, to be an impressive soloist — and equal match to [Karina] Gauvin in being able to draw many colours and impeccable musical lines from his instrument. He is not a dramatic or otherwise showy performer, but the music he brings forward is pure gold.” Scrutiny, Canada


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