Anguilla Foundation Recital Series

Anguilla Foundation Recital Series

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Exhilarating International Recital Spans Generations, Genres, Centuries and Continents

Pre-eminent American Violinist Bringing Program of Western Classical Violin Repertoire to Eastern Caribbean Island with Russian Pianist

Anguilla, British West Indies (PRWEB) January 23, 2011 -  In the overarching world of music, Eastern and Western music are the most notably different in sound and style, however, every geographic region has their own distinctive characteristics. The music of the Caribbean Islands is well-known for its Latin influence, pervasive rhythmic vitality and sensuality. Twenty-five year old violinist Andrew Sords will bring his extensive knowledge and mastery of classical Western music to the Eastern Caribbean island of Anguilla. Sords will explore the vulnerability and architecture of each work, pairing his American sensibility with the Russian training of collaborator Irina Hoffman Brookes and present a recital with complex international flavors.

On February 12, 2011, EMC Artists and the Anguilla Community Foundation present violin virtuoso Andrew Sords performing works by Chopin, Beethoven, John Williams, Schubert, Wieniawski, Stephen Feigenbaum and Tchaikovsky with Anguilla-based pianist Irina Hoffman Brookes. The concert will be held at the Bethel Methodist Church in South Hill, Anguilla at 7:30 PM (UTC).

Sords is looking forward to this recital as one in which he takes the audience on a journey across different genres, generations, centuries and continents. He states, "I am thrilled to bring my tour to Anguilla and experience the culture, meet the music students, and perform on this exotic island." Sords is especially looking forward to bringing a brand-new work to Anguilla; Stephen Feigenbaum's "Elegy", composed in 2010, is being performed by Sords several times this year. The piece evokes an old-world feeling while remaining contemporary in its design. It is a rare composition that so effortlessly bridges what is often a great musical divide. Sords elaborates, "I was touched by [Feigenbaum's] uncanny ability to connect with the very essence of music - to touch audiences, to ignite the performers, and to bring across a conversational, tonal melody from a living composer - he is a rarity."

Already a veteran of the concert stage, Sords has appeared with over seventy orchestras and in countless recital venues across three continents. The 2010-11 season will showcase the concerti of Dvorak, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.

Sords completed his undergraduate education at the Cleveland Institute of Music with violin pedagogues Linda Cerone and David Russell, and performed for the legendary Midori in masterclasses in New York City and at the University of Southern California. Sords most recently studied under internationally acclaimed violinist Chee-Yun at The Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas in the Artist Diploma program.

In 2008, Sords received international exposure as the top Google Classical News story as well as crowning the "Top-40 Charts" in Classical Music. During the 2009-10 season, Sords was a featured guest on NPR's "Morning Edition", Dallas' WRR, Boise State Public Radio, and numerous other media outlets. Sords was profiled by the Reno Gazette Journal, The Derek and Romaine Show, and The Sun News among others.

Sords is the winner of the 2005 National Shirley Valentin Violin Award, the 2004 and 2005 National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, the Fortnightly Music Club of Cleveland and the Festival de la Orquesta Sinfonica de las Americas Competition of the Casals Festival among others. He is the featured violinist in a documentary on violin technique recorded at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Sords performs on a 1912 Augustine Talisse violin with strings provided by Warchal.

Sords will present educational outreach to Anguilla school children in the days prior to the recital. For further details on all events during the week leading up to the concert, please contact Leroy Martinez at martinez(at)anguillanet(dot)com.

Please visit, the official website of Andrew Sords. Sords is represented by EMC Artists, Ltd. Contact emcartists(at)gmail(dot)com for press or booking inquiries.