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Release: April 7, 2000
Baroque violinist Melkus will appear with La Fosse Baroque ensemble from
UI April 16
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Baroque violinist Eduard Melkus will be a guest artist
with the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music
in a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 16 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown
The performance, which will also feature violinist and ensemble director
Leopold La Fosse, will be free and open to the public.
An internationally known violinist and Baroque performance scholar who has
an extensive teaching and performing career in Europe, Melkus will present
a master class for string students at the UI School of Music at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 13 and a lecture on performance practice at 5 p.m. Friday,
April 14. Both events will be in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building
and will be open to the public free of charge.
The April 16 concert will feature three works: The Violin Concerto No. 4
in D major of Mozart, with Melkus as soloist; the La Fosse Ensemble playing
the first and last movements of J.S. Bachs "Art of Fugue";
and the Bach Concerto for violin and oboe in an optional version for two violins,
featuring Melkus and La Fosse as soloists.
Since 1958 Melkus has been professor of violin, Baroque violin and historic
performance practice at the Hochschule fuer Musik (Academy of Music) in Vienna,
and since 1982 head of the Institut fuer Wiener Klangstil (Institute for the
Viennese musical style). La Fosse, who frequently performs on the Baroque
violin and teaches Baroque performance at the UI, has visited Melkus many
times in Vienna and invited him to the UI. This is Melkus third visit
to the UI.
La Fosse, who studied Baroque violin with Melkus in Vienna, commented: "With
about 150 recordings of the Baroque repertoire, Melkus is one of the leaders
of historical performance practice. But as a teacher he is also a complete
musician who has been very involved in contemporary works earlier in his career,
and who covers the entire Classical repertoire in his lectures.
"He is a very inspirational teacher and brings a very informed and stimulating
approach to Baroque performance. I have been fascinated to hear him play many
works that are very familiar to me. He brings his own personal stamp to his
performances, based on a combination of profound knowledge and individual
artistic taste. As a result his performances are highly personal and completely
convincing, in a way that is quite rare and special."
Melkus was born in Baden, near Vienna, and studied violin at the Vienna Academy
of Music. In addition to his faculty appointments in Vienna, he has been a
visiting professor at American and European universities, including the University
of Georgia and the University of Illinois. He has published many articles
on performance practices, and his book "The Violin" has been published
in several languages. He has appeared as soloist at major musical centers
and performance venues around the world and has received many awards attesting
to his accomplishments as a recording artist, performing artist and teacher.
The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is a small string orchestra made up of current
and former UI students and UI music faculty. The group specializes in the
performance of music from the Baroque period in music, roughly 1600 to 1750,
and the early Classic period. They perform using copies of authentic Baroque
instruments and bows. This enables them to play their instruments in the same
manner as performers of the Baroque period, which in turn makes possible a
historically appropriate style of performance.
The ensemble was founded in 1985 to provide violin students at the UI the
opportunity to play solo works from the Baroque and early Classic periods.
Since its formation the group has been invited to perform at a number of state
and national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, the Music
educators National Conference, and colleges and public schools in Iowa. Their
annual performance series on the UI campus includes concerts at the UI Museum
of Art, University Hospitals Colloton Pavilion and the Old Capitol Senate
La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His extensive performing career
has included solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five
orchestras. He made his first public appearance at the age of four, and he
began a three-year series of engagements on NBC radio at eight. He later studied
at the New England Conservatory. Before coming to the UI he taught at the
University of Texas at Austin.
He has done extensive research in string pedagogy and has twice been a Fulbright
lecturer in Brazil, where he returns annually to perform, teach and give master
La Fosse continues an active international career as soloist and chamber
musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia.
He has had performances at Wigmore Hall in London, Sala Cecilia Mireles in
Rio de Janeiro, Town Hall in New York, and the National Gallery, Phillips
Gallery and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1997 he celebrated his
25th anniversary on the UI faculty with a series of four recitals displaying
his versatility, appearing as a virtuoso soloist, a chamber musician, a Baroque
performance specialist and a jazz violinist.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.