Violinist Darin Qualls is a native of Portland, Oregon, USA. He studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, with master violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. He was awarded the Starling Prize for excellence in music performance, providing a full tuition scholarship and the opportunity to perform as a soloist. Following his studies, he joined America’s musical academy, the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, where he performed as leader of the orchestra and as a featured soloist. In 1996 he commenced his professional career with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam taking part in several world tours and in 2000 joined the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under the direction of Edo de Waart. Mr. Qualls is now based in the UK and performs throughout Europe, America and Asia as chamber musician and soloist. He has performed at London's Barbican Centre, Amsterdam's Concert Gebou, New York's Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo's Bunkamura Orchard Hall, and Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Darin plays on a violin made in 1768, in Rome by Jacobus Horil.
By: Iona Chisholm
Lichfield Mercury Newspaper
Review of Lichfield Live @ St Mary’s concert by Darin Qualls and Ayke Agus on Thursday 14th March 2019
Fresh from its sympathetic and invigorating facelift, St Marys now has a delightful and intimate upstairs performance space, which offers audiences rich opportunities for cultural events, such as the violin and piano concert recently headlined by Darin Qualls and Ayke Agus. With a programme offering the energetic rollercoaster of Saint-Saëns ‘Havanaise’ to the dramatically haunting and playful Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’, Darin’s exquisite and emotional violin playing conveyed real meaning and pleasure through the evening. Ayke is also a musician of exceptional talent and experience. She created accompaniments of such delicate richness and intense drama, with highlights including Debussy’s gentle ‘Clair de Lune’ and delivery of his trademark parallel chords in ‘Beau Soir’. Ending their concert with a lesser known ‘Sonata for Violin and Piano No 2 in E minor Op 108’ by Fauré, there couldn’t have been more to delight the senses with their talent weaving to take us on a sublime and memorable journey. A further special touch was to hear a recital of the poem ‘Clair de Lune’ in English from Tony Davis and in French from Violaine Patricia Galbert before being intoxicated by the sensitively played and familiar melody.
What a treat to have such a special venue attracting world renowned artists, right on our doorstep. Look out for the other events at St Marys Live and come to support what is a real jewel in our City Centre.
If you would like to learn more about Darin Qualls,
his music, and concert dates, please get in touch.
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