5 Minutes with Violinist Roberto Ruisi

Interviews, Classical

We catch up with violinist Roberto Ruisi, who will be with us on Mon 17 May with pianist Ljubica Stojanovic, performing music by Debussy and Beethoven’s mighty ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata

How would you describe your event in three words?

Dramatical, energetic, exhausting!

Is there anything particularly special about this concert?

I am using a very distinguished instrument for this concert. A 1747 Guadagnini, valued at around £1.5 million. This is the first concert that I will have used this instrument.

Why did you choose these pieces for this recital?

After the last year, which has affected us all so much, it felt appropriate to return with something celebratory. As such, Beethoven’s famed ‘Kreutzer’ sonata instantly came to mind and formed the basis of the programme. It is one of the sonatas I enjoy performing the most and is complimented by Debussy’s jubilant sonata. This programme is an uplifting one, full of optimism and promise.

What do you hope people will take away from your performance?

My only hope is to give the audience an experience that feels special. I can only hope it will be as special to them as it will be for me, and that it provides an overdue reminder that there isn’t anything quite like live music. Personally, it feels so good to know that audiences can return to concert halls. They are absolutely everything to me!

Is there anything particular about Brighton Festival that you are excited about?

Coming to play at Brighton Festival is a pleasure for any and every artist. It is the perfect platform for showcasing world-class performances to receptive and engaging audiences.

Roberto Ruisi and Ljubica Stojanovic

Mon 17 May, 1pm

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