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  • Summer Masterclass viola

    August 2025

    MASTERCLASS VIOLA END OF AUGUST SARDEGNA/ SANT’ANTIOCO for further informations please contact info@danushawaskiewicz
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  • Quartetto Prometeo

    May 2024

    The new first violin Nurit Stark in the Quartetto Prometeo The supremely gifted Israeli violinist/viola player Nurit Stark has a passion for contemporary music and her command of tonal colour, rhythm, violinistic effects and imaginative interpretation illuminates virtually everything she plays. In the context of this all-Hungarian programme, the earliest selection – Sándor Veress’s 1935 Sonata for solo violin – takes on aspects of genuine Hungarian folk music, with saucy glissandos and colouristic pizzicatos in the first movement, an improvisatory central outburst in the second and wildly dancing inflections in the third. The closing piece, Peter Eötvös’s Adventures of the Dominant Seventh Chord (2019, dedicated to Stark), is also the most recent and possibly the most varied stylistically. The chord itself remains unresolved but instead faces folkish atonal material for a number of nourishing collisions. And is that a side glance in the direction of Kodály’s Solo Cello Sonata that I hear at 2'46"? Maybe … or maybe, in musical terms, just a whiff of local flora. In Bartók’s Solo Sonata (1944) – surely the programme’s undisputed masterpiece – the Tempo di ciaconna’s opening chords are elongated and knitted together in a sort of ironed-out legato rather than attacked separately as is so often the case (and as is suggested on the printed page). I’d recently been listening to the excellent György Pauk (Naxos, 5/96) and Tibor Varga’s white-hot 1962 recording of the piece (DG, in the label’s ‘111 – The Violin: Legendary Recordings’ box) and the difference is striking. The more recently recorded Frank Peter Zimmermann (BIS, 1/21) takes a route that’s similar to both Pauk and Varga. Nurit Stark’s dynamics are wide-ranging, while her ascent to the stratosphere sounds smooth and effortless. She captures, even relishes the harmonic boldness of Bartók’s writing, playing with a full body of tone yet without a hint of aggression, before quietly sloping off for the movement’s close. The ‘Fuga’ initially admits an element of vibrato that was missing from the first movement; Stark’s approach is both free and suavely expressive, though the part-writing is clear, working towards a brief but telling elevation and a clinching final strike. The Adagio ‘Melodia’ is blanched, initially at least, a lonely shepherd singing from a distant field perhaps, the journey from note to note witnessing bends in the line, not quite portamentos but almost, whereas the buzzing finale twitches this way and that, Stark’s approach rhythmically assertive and texturally cutting, before she quietly walks away and finishes off with an energetic flourish. It’s an extremely interesting performance but I prefer the vibrancy and directness of Pauk, Varga and Zimmermann, not to mention the work’s dedicatee, Yehudi Menuhin (preferably his first recording – Warner). Regarding Ligeti’s Solo Viola Sonata (1991-94), annotator Giovanni Bietti is careful to point out that in the first movement, which is played only on the low C string, purposely altered intonations on certain notes ‘are not the player’s mistakes’. In ‘Loop’, which is made up of gravel-kicking, rhythmically driven repeated chords gaining in intensity, Stark’s mastery of the instrument is vividly demonstrated. Next comes an achingly elegiac ‘Facsar’, which starts out by mirroring Baroque manners then becomes freer as it progresses, whereas in the following Prestissimo con sordino, such is Stark’s virtuosity that you could swear you were listening to duetting violists playing a chordal étude at speed. ‘Lamento’ is a study in contrasts, harsh chords and whispering asides, while mirror images of early music return for the closing Chaconne chromatique (the work’s most instantly appealing movement), which ends with, as Bietti suggests, an allusion to tonal harmony. So quite a journey, one that’s profoundly representative of the Hungarian musical psyche in the 20th century and which is served by a musician whose talents certainly qualify her for the job of performing it. Only in the Bartók would I check Stark’s highly individual reading against those of her finest rivals, merely for the sake of gauging how best you like the music served. I admire her performance but wouldn’t want it as a sole library choice. The sound is strikingly lifelike. BIS2416. Nurit Stark: Bartók, Ligeti, Veress, Eötvös Nurit Stark: Bartók, Ligeti, Veress, Eötvös Sonata for Solo Violin Sonata for Viola Sonata for Violin Adventures of the Dominant Seventh Chord
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  • Avos Project International Music School – Master of Viola for 2024/2025 new inscriptions from september on

    April 2024

    Danusha Waskewicz loves her collaboration since 2020 with the "Avos Project" International Music School in the center of Rome. An ambience who permits growing in another prespective of music.
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  • Fiesole School of Music – Danusha Waskiewicz: Viola Masterclass

    April 2024

    Coming soon… From june 26th until 28th Danusha Waskiewicz will be back to the Fiesole School of Music for the Viola Perfection Course, along with illustrious colleagues. More info at the link below.
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    Discover: Dragonfly

    April 2023

    Danusha Waskiewicz (viola; voice) and Naomi Berrill (cello, voice) are the newly formed Dragonfly duo.
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  • Discover: ardeTrio – Tango Concertante, Vol. 1

    March 2021

    "Tango Concertante, Vol. 1" is the first studio album by ardeTrio, with Danusha Waskiewicz (viola), Omar Massa (bandoneon) and Markus Däunert (violin). Find out more at the link below!
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  • Tutorial: Hoffmeister – Viola Concerto

    October 2020

    In this video lesson, Danusha Waskiewicz gives pieces of advice, tips and tricks to prepare Hoffmeister's "Viola Concerto" for auditions. Watch the tutorial at the link down below.
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  • Discover: Schönberg: Violin Concerto – Verklärte Nacht – with Isabelle Faust

    February 2020

    Listen to "Schönberg: Violin Concerto - Verklärte Nacht" with violinist Isabelle Faust.
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  • Discover: Songs for Viola and Piano – with Andrea Rebaudengo

    February 2017

    Listen to "Songs for Piano and Viola", fruit of the long and successful collaboration between Danusha Waskiewicz and pianist Andrea Rebaudengo (via Decca).
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  • Discover: Mozart Orchestra

    February 2017

    Listen to the "Sinfonia Concertante" and the "Brandenburg Concertos". With Claudio Abbado's direction, Danusha Waskiewicz recorded these works from W. A. Mozart and J. S. Bach for the Deutsche Grammophon and Euro Arts labels.
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NEXT CONCERTS

July 14

Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Organ Danusha Waskiewicz Viola

LacMus Festival

Tremezzina, Greenway
Sant’Eufemia

Orpheus, poème symphonique de Liszt,
transcription pour alto et orgue 9 min Danusha Waskievic, viola
"Gebet", Hugo Wolf (transcription Reger) + "Ich sehe dich", Max Reger
Gabriel Fauré : Prélude et Fileuse
"Soir d'hiver" Nadia Boulanger

August 19

h. 20

Guy Braunstein Cecilia Ziano violin Danusha Waskiewicz Viola Zvi Plesser Violoncello Gili Schwarzman

FROM MOZART TO BRAHMS – STAR VIOLINIST GUY BRAUNSTEIN AND STRING QUARTET

Kopenhagen , Tivoli Glassalen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute quartet nr. 3, C-dur, KV 285b (1778)
Josef Suk: String quartet nr. 2, op. 31 (1911)
Johannes Brahms: Flute quartet (arrangement of Brahms string quartet nr. 2)

August 21

h. 17

Elma Quartett Danusha Waskiewicz Viola Zvi Plesser Violoncello

WONDERFUL STRINGS - BRAUNSTEIN & THE SWENSEN BROTHERS

Kopenhagen , The Glass Hall Theatre
Ludwig van Beethoven: String quartet nr. 7, F-dur, op. 59 nr. 1 (1808)
Luciano Berio: Duo: 5. Maja, 6. Bruno, 7. Camilla, 19. Annie, 24. Aldo, 8. Peppino Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht, op 4 (1899)

September 11

Quartetto Prometeo

Milano a Mito

Milano
Bartok Stringquartett nr.4
Ghedini nr.3
Ligeti nr.1
Casella

October 7

h. 20:30

Quartetto Prometeo

Ferrara Music

Ferrara, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara
Antonioni nr.2
Bartok nr.4

October 9

h. 20:30

Quartetto Prometeo

Bologna Festival 2024

Bologna, Oratorio di San Filippo Neri
Antonioni nr.4
Bartok nr. 4

November 19

Quartetto Prometeo

Ars Musica Bruxelles International Contemporary music festival

Bruxelles
Francesco Antonioni nr.4
Carolin Shaw
Salvatore Sciarrino nr.9
Gabriele Manca

November 21

Quartetto Prometeo

Ostrava Festival

Prague, Center for Contemporary Art
Luigi Nono „Fragmente - Stille „

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