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Uto
Ughi

"One of the few musicians able to make us experience the happiness of music" (La Nazione)

Uto Ughi is one of the leading exponents of the Italian violin school, and during his exceptional career he has played all over the world

Uto Ughi - heir to the tradition that saw the birth and flourishing of the first great violin schools in Italy - showed extraordinary talent from early childhood: at the age of seven he performed for the first time in public performing the Chaconne from Partita n ° 2 by Bach and some Capricci by Paganini. He studied under the guidance of George Enescu, former teacher of Yehudi Menuhin. When he was only twelve and the critics wrote: "Uto Ughi must consider himself an artistically and technically mature performer".
He began his great European tours by performing in the most important European capitals. His career has not stopped since then. In fact, he has played all over the world, in the main Festivals with the most renowned symphony orchestras including that of the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Washington Symphony Orchestra and many others, under the direction by masters such as: Barbirolli, Bychkov, Celibidache, Cluytens, Chung, Ceccato, Colon, Davis, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Gatti, Gergiev, Giulini, Kondrascin, Jansons, Leitner, Lu Jia, Inbal, Maazel, Masur, Mehta, Nagano, Penderecki , Pretre, Rostropovich, Sanderlin, Sargent, Sawallisch, Sinopoli, Slatkin, Spivakov, Temirkanov.
Uto Ughi does not limit his interests to music alone, but is at the forefront of the country's social life and his commitment is aimed above all at safeguarding the national artistic heritage.
With this in mind he founded the “Homage to Venice” festival, in order to report and raise funds for the restoration of the historic monuments of the lagoon city. At the end of that experience, the “Homage to Rome” festival (from 1999 to 2002) collects the ideal legacy of active commitment, aiming at the diffusion of the great international musical heritage; concerts open free to the public and to the enhancement of young talents trained in Italian conservatories.
These ideals were revived in 2003 and are currently carried out by the “Uto Ughi per Roma” festival of which Ughi is the creator, founder and artistic director.
Recently the Presidency of the Council of Ministers appointed him President of the Commission in charge of studying a communication campaign in favor of the diffusion of classical music among the young audience.
On 4 September 1997 the President of the Republic awarded him the honor of Knight of the Grand Cross for his artistic merits.
In April 2002 he was awarded the Honoris Causa Degree in Communication Science.
Intense is his recording activity with BMG Ricordi SpA - for which he recorded: the Concerts of Beethoven and Brahms with Sawallisch, the Cajkovskij Concerto with Kurt Sanderling, Mendelssohn and Bruch with Prêtre, some Beethoven Sonatas with Sawallisch at the piano, the complete Concerts of Mozart, Viotti, Vivaldi, “The Four Seasons”, three Paganini Concerts in the unpublished soloist edition, the Dvorak Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the London Philarmonia Orchestra; Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.
Latest recordings are: “Il Trillo del diavolo” (“live” record of the most important virtuosic pieces for violin); the Schumann Concerto conducted by M ° Sawallish with Bayerischer Rundfunk; the Vivaldi Concerts with the Rome Philharmonic; the Spanish Symphony of Lalo with the RAI Orchestra of Turin and de Burgos; the 2013 recording for Sony Classical, entitled "Romantic Violin", a collection of emblematic pieces of Romanticism on the violin, with the participation of the Chamber Orchestra I Filarmonici of Rome.
Another particularly important event is the publication of the book “Quel Diavolo di un Trillo - notes of my life”, which took place in 2013, published by Einaudi: the story of an incredible life, entirely dedicated to music.
Uto Ughi plays with a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù violin, which has a warm sound with a dark timbre and is perhaps one of the most beautiful "Guarneri" in existence, and with a 1701 Stradivari called "Kreutzer" because it belonged to the homonymous violinist. Beethoven had dedicated the famous Sonata.
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