Adrien la Marca
Viola

Named “Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year” at the 2014 Victoires de la Musique Classique, French violist Adrien La Marca has been performing in Paris Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall London, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Auditorium du Louvre, Schloss Elmau, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris and Salle Gaveau, among other places.

Last season, La Marca took part in the Arte TV Show “Stars von Morgen” presented by Rolando Villazón with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Berlin. He also made his début with Orchestre National de France under Domingo Hindoyan, Orchestre Philharmonique Radio-France and Renaud Capuçon, and Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Gustavo Gimeno. Recent and future engagements include a collaboration with Les Siècles Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth and an artist residency with Orchestre Royal Philharmonique de Liège for a rich year of projects. He is also playing in recital and chamber music at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorium du Louvre, Festival de Pâques Aix-en-Provence, Rencontres Musicales Evian, Schubertiades Hohenems and Grands Concerts Lyon, among others.

His first album English Delight, released in 2016 on La Dolce Volta and highly acclaimed by the press, was awarded Diapason d’OR and FFFF Télérama.

La Marca shares with his brother Christian-Pierre the artistic direction of Festival “Les Musicales de Pommiers” in Loire, France. He is also regularly invited to perform at festivals such as Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Jerusalem Festival, Moritzburg Festival, Bad Kissingen, Festival de Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence, Ravinia Festival, Kuhmo Festival, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, La Folle Journées de Nantes, La Roque d’Anthéron and Périgord Noir. His chamber music partners include Maria João Pires, Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, Clemens Hagen, Paul Meyer, James Ehnes, Tabea Zimmermann, Kirill Gerstein, Kit Armstrong, Baiba Skride, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Lise de la Salle, David Kadouch, Adam Laloum, Edgar Moreau, Nicholas Angelich, Michel Portal, his brother Christian-Pierre La Marca, and the Ebène, Danel, Modigliani Quartets.

In 2014, La Marca became the first classical musician to be awarded the prestigious Fondation Lagardère grant. He has also won numerous awards and prizes from Primrose International Viola Competition, Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and International Johannes Brahms Competition, Fondation Banque Populaire, Fondation l’Or du Rhin and Safran Foundation.

La Marca began his musical studies at a young age in Aix-en-Provence. In 2005 he entered the Paris Conservatoire where he studied with Jean Sulem and received his Master’s degree. He then completed the International Viola Masterclass Leipzig with Tatjana Masurenko and studied at the prestigious Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin with Tabea Zimmermann. During his studies, La Marca had the opportunity to work with inspiring maestros such as Seiji Ozawa, Gidon Kremer, András Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Frans Helmerson, Nobuko Imai, Kim Kashkashian and Menahem Pressler.

Adrien La Marca plays a unique viola by Nicola Bergonzi made in Cremona in 1780.

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