Béla Bartók Sonata for solo violin in G minor, Sz. 117, BB 124
Grażyna Bacewicz Sonata No. 2 for solo violin (1958)
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata for solo violin in D major, Op. 115
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata for solo violin No. 2, in A minor, Op. 27
Presenting the emotion, poetry, and heart of the solo violin, Canadian-born violinist Nato brings four masterworks to Old First Concerts to inspire Bay Area music lovers. With a barn-burner program uniting the best 20th century solo violin works (Bartók, Bacewicz, Prokofiev, Ysaÿe), come share in Nato’s particular excitement for this special repertoire; a program that captures the spirit of modern music.
Violinist Nato is a concert artist who describes himself as having “an unquenchable thirst for new music.” He has performed for distinguished audiences, including former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and has received standing ovations from audiences around the world.
At age three, Nato began his musical journey, at five, made his solo orchestral debut, and at nine, was awarded a career scholarship and loaned a Nicolò Amati violin.
He went on to win prizes at the International Menuhin Competition for young violinists, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition (1990, 1992, 1994), the International Beethoven Competition and the International J. S. Bach Competition. As well, he was a laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition where he was awarded the loan of a fine instrument.
As a recording artist, Nato is undertaking the challenging repertoire for the violin alone. In 2018, he released his first album. Nato has been featured on CBC television in Canada and on CBS Sunday Morning with Eugenia Zukerman.
Nato can be found on the web at http://nato.cc.