International solo violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn, once again provided a wonderful New Year’s Eve treat for her family and friends when she presented a short recital in the studio at Little Harbour.
Born in 1973 into a musical family; her mother is a professional cellist and her father a trained opera singer, Elizabeth began playing the violin at the age of three years. By the age of nine she began this wonderful tradition of an annual recital, playing in the homes of friends. Her family owns Bridge’s Cay, just off Little Harbour, and Elizabeth has spent vacations there since childhood and says that she enjoys giving back to all her friends there.
Ms. Pitcairn studied with many eminent violin teachers in the United States and is now a celebrated violin virtuoso who has earned the reputation as one of America’s most beloved soloists. She is a very vivacious yet humble person and welcomed all her guests to her New Year’s Eve recital saying, “It is great to be bringing in the New Year in this way.”
Ms. Pitcairn travels the world as a soloist, performing with many of the world’s best orchestras and she stated that that last year had been a wonderful year for her. In August she performed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, in February she made her Carnegie Hall debut and also performed in China, Hawaii and Mexico. In 2015 she will be spending much time touring throughout Europe playing in Italy, Hungary and Austria.
She will also be making recordings of a Bruch Violin concerto and a Beethoven Concerto with the classic FM Orchestra in Bulgaria. “The first two copies of these recordings I will give to my father and to Pete Johnston’,” she stated. “I have known the Johnstons since birth and ‘Uncle Pete’ likes to listen to my music while he sculpts”.
Ms. Pitcairn began her recital with a piece which is little known. It was written in the 1600s and the original manuscript lost. This Chaconne by Tomaso Antonio Vitali is a fairly long and dramatic work with many key changes and technicalities which really show off the virtuosity of the artist and Ms. Pitcairn stunned her audience with her interpretation. Later this year she will perform this piece with organ in several Italian cities.
For her second piece, Ms. Pitcairn chose the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto No 1, one of the works she will be recording later in the year.
The gallery at Pete’s Pub was an intimate venue for this concert and there were people standing in every available corner and even sitting on the floor at the feet of this great virtuoso. The thunderous applause demonstrated everyone’s delight and gratitude to Ms. Pitcairn for once again showing such generosity in taking time out of her busy schedule to share her enormous talent and give people such a great New Year’s gift.