Francisco Fullana & Alba Ventura

Francisco Fullana & Alba Ventura

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Music Network Presents Francisco Fullana & Alba Ventura

Francisco Fullana violin
Alba Ventura
piano

Music Network presents international classical music stars violinist Francisco Fullana and pianist Alba Ventura performing together in Ireland for the first time.

Experience a captivating programme that includes timeless works by Bach and Mozart, alongside a vibrant collection of Spanish and Catalan music. Enjoy dazzling virtuoso pieces by the celebrated violinist-composer Pablo de Sarasate and immerse yourself in the evocative Sonata Española by Joaquín Turina.

The duo will also perform the world premiere of a new Music Network commission by Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey.

A native of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain, Francisco Fullana is a renowned soloist who has performed with orchestras and ensembles around the world including the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, Argentina’s National Orchestra and with noted conductors such as the late Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Alondra de la Parra, Christoph Poppen, Jeannette Sorrell and Joshua Weilerstein. His awards include 1st Prize in Japan’s Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition, 1st Prizes at the Johannes Brahms and Julio Cardona International Violin Competitions, the Pro Musicis International Award and the Pablo Sarasate Competition.

Born in Barcelona, Alba Ventura made her debut as a concert soloist at the age of thirteen with the Orquestra de Cadaqués conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. A former ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Star, she is a regular performer in Spain’s leading concert halls and has performed internationally as a soloist in prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields & Barbican (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Musikverein (Vienna), Cité de la Musique (Paris) and Svetlanovsky Hall (Moscow).

Both thrilling individual performers, the duo came together in 2023 to record and release Spanish Light music, which will feature in the programme.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear these exceptional musicians in what promises to be a truly special performance this November.

About the Artists

A native of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain, Francisco Fullana is renowned as a soloist and leader of innovative educational projects around the world. A recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2023 Khaledi Prize, he has performed with orchestras such as the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, Argentina’s National Orchestra, Venezuela’s Teresa Carreño Orchestra and numerous USA ensembles. He has worked with noted conductors such as the late Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Alondra de la Parra, Christoph Poppen, Jeannette Sorrell and Joshua Weilerstein.

In 2015, Francisco received 1st Prize in Japan’s Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition, as well as all four of that competition’s special prizes, including the Audience and Orchestra awards. Additional awards include 1st Prizes at the Johannes Brahms and Julio Cardona International Violin Competitions, the Pro Musicis International Award and the Pablo Sarasate Competition.

Born in Barcelona, Alba Ventura made her debut as a concert soloist at the age of thirteen with the Orquestra de Cadaqués conducted by Sir Neville Marriner in San Sebastian and at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. In addition to appearing regularly in Spain’s leading concert halls, and as a former ECHO (European Concert Halls Organisation) Rising Star, Alba’s career as an international soloist has taken her to such prestigious concert halls as London’s Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields & Barbican, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Musikverein (Vienna), Cité de la Musique (Paris) and Svetlanovsky Hall (Moscow).

Francisco Fullana plays Bach D Minor Partita

Born in Barcelona, Alba Ventura made her debut as a concert soloist at the age of thirteen with the Orquestra de Cadaqués conducted by Sir Neville Marriner in San Sebastian and at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. In addition to appearing regularly in Spain’s leading concert halls, and as a former ECHO (European Concert Halls Organisation) Rising Star, Alba’s career as an international soloist has taken her to such prestigious concert halls as London’s Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields & Barbican, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Musikverein (Vienna), Cité de la Musique (Paris) and Svetlanovsky Hall (Moscow).

Further afield, Alba’s international concert programme has led to performances in the USA, Colombia, Argentina, New Zealand and China. She has collaborated with conductors such as Antonini, Harth-Bedoya, Hogwood, Mas, Oue, Pons, Ros Marbà and Vásary. Performances with esteemed orchestras include appearances with the Philharmonia, Hallé, London Mozart Players, Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra as well as many leading Spanish orchestras. She is also a dedicated chamber musician and collaborators include Elisabeth Leonskaja, Brodsky, Takacs and Casals quartets and violinists Lina Tur Bonet, Boris Belkin, Gordan Nikolic and Tai Murray.

Alba is a former YCAT artist and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Rosebowl by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the IMPULSA prize by the Fundació Príncep de Girona, the Albéniz Medal by the Fundació Isaac Albéniz and the 2021 MIN Award for best classical music album.

Alba Ventura plays El Pelele by Granados