Violin Virtuoso Comes to Coral Gables
Rock Concerto at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
Violin Virtuoso Alexander Markov
The Rock Concerto has astounded audiences in sold-out arenas around the world. The performance is divided into two parts and explores the depth and diversity of his classical background and rock music expertise. In Part 1 of the performance, Markov will a present a variety of his Virtuoso Classical Masterpieces including Vivaldi and Schubert and his signature Paganini, with conductor Alfred Gershfeld. Part 1 will also include The New World School of the Arts Orchestra and renowned pianist, Heike Doerr. A Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, Markov’s reputation for performing this romantic 19th-century repertoire is hailed as second-to-none. He has performed as a soloist with some of the world''s most celebrated orchestras and conductors. Markov''s thrilling, flawless performance guarantees to bring audiences to their feet.
Playing the world’s only gold-plated, electric violin and wielding a glowing, lighted bow, designed by co-composer James V. Remington, Markov leaves audiences breathless. The Rock Concerto is a richly textured work, years in the making, featuring the violin’s enormous range of tone and mood, from quiet and sweet, to playful and humorous, to dark, gothic and powerful. In Markov’s words, “The Rock Concerto is a musical fusion of contrasting classical elements, harmonies, melodies and counterpoints mixed with the contemporary sounds of rock n’ roll.”
Markov was inspired to create The Rock Concerto when he observed the decline in the number of young people attending classical concerts. The result is a body of work that attracts a young, rock music audience without alienating traditional classical music fans. By performing both this original, modern work and a classical Vivaldi and Schubert violin concerto in the same concert, he has created a unique concert experience that bridges the gap between classical and rock music fans of all ages.
Alexander Markov was born in Moscow, and studied violin with his father. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and performing double concertos with his father. Markov grew up in Darien, Connecticut where his love affair with rock-n-roll began and eventually evolved into his Rock Concerto masterpiece. In 1987, he was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Markov received his U.S. citizenship in 1982 and now resides in New York.
The Rock Concerto, sponsored by D’Addario, will be located at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens - 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, Florida 33156. Tickets are available online at www.spendfored.org or by calling 1-866-811-4111. Ticket prices range from $20 for GA Lawn Seating to $75 for Premium Orchestra seats. For more information about the Rock Concerto visit: www.rockconcerto.com.