Connoisseur Classics 2: Adrian Anantawan

Earlier this month, we were transported to Czechoslovakia with the heartrending music of Dvorak, brought to us by exquisite cellist Rachel Mercer. It was an evening full of stunning music and immersive education that left us hungry for more.

To compliment such a marvelous event, we look forward with rapt anticipation to the second installment of our Connoisseur Classics series, featuring the unmatched virtuoso violinist Adrian Anantawan. It will be an exciting afternoon of sensory musical adventures as Adrian performs the evocative Symphonie Espangnol and the program will be completed with Berlioz’ passion-infused Symphonie Fantastique.

Adrian is a Canadian-born violinist and educator who holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a violinist, he has studied with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Anne-Sophie Mutter. His academic work in education was supervised by Howard Gardner. Memorable moments include performances at the White House, the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens and Vancouver Olympic Games, and the United Nations. He has played for the late Christopher Reeve, Pope John Paul II, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

However accomplished, Adrian’s history is one that defies the odds and inspires listeners to reach beyond what is perceived as impossible.

Adrian has lived without the use of his right hand for his entire life; though one would never be able to tell without seeing, given the calibre of his musical ability. He began playing the violin at age ten with help from biomedical engineers who developed an adaptive device known as a “spatula”, which has since allowed him to play the instrument not only proficiently but has led to a very successful career.

His extraordinary story doesn’t end there. In addition to creating beautiful music, Adrian dedicates his time to forging opportunities in music for people with disabilities and working towards transforming the educational curricula to incorporate the inclusive opportunities h received as a young musician.

On July 28th, Adrian will bring his exceptional story and musicianship to McMaster University’s L. R. Wilson Concert Hall, where we will have the chance to indulge in ravishing Spanish rhythms and dive into an afternoon of academic & musical wonder.

The event begins at 2:00pm featuring a captivating pre-concert chat with renowned musicologist Jeffrey Stokes. The concert begins at 3:00pm, followed by a post-concert wine and cheese reception accompanied by chamber groups from the NAO.

For tickets and information on other upcoming events, visit www.BrottMusic.com.

By Heidi Hoffmann