St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Florian Rago - violin

Friday, 28 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Florian Rago - violin


Caprice no.24

de St Lubin

Fantasy on the sextet from Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'


Andante from 2nd Sonata

Wilhelm Ernst

Last Rose of Summer Variations


Sonata no.3 in d minor ' Ballade'

Florian Rago is a young British violinist possessing a, "dazzling display of virtuosity and hypnotic panache" (ISM Journal, UK). Rago has a very close affinity with the violin as a stand-alone instrument and believes that the mixture of highly advanced virtuosity married with the presence of a single performer allows an extremely intimate musical interaction between the audience and the artist. In the upcoming year an EP will be released of solo violin music highlighting the variety, range and depth of emotion that four strings can evoke.

Performances have recently taken him to many audiences across Europe. Rago has regularly appeared as soloist having performed the Bruch, Paganini, Sibelius, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and violin concertos. He is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Hattori Foundation Award, Royal Academy of Music Margot MacGibbon Award, Ibla Grande Prize Ysaye Award, Moir Carnegie Award and the Lilian Ada Bursary. Rago studied at the Royal College of Music as Regalian Scholar with Professor Dona Lee Croft and recently completed studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Igor Petrushevski. "Rago proved that he can play with depth, passion, fire and electrifying vigor" (Odessa American, USA)