Julia Fischer: Artist-in-Residence

Julia Fischer: Artist-in-Residence

There’s something slightly off-putting about the term ‘musician’s musician’ – as if listeners need some special qualification to understand what all the fuss is about. In reality, though, it’s very simple. Once in a while, an orchestra and a soloist just click. And when musicians really, truly enjoy playing together – well, believe us: you can hear the difference.

In short, the LPO never needs any excuse to welcome violinist Julia Fischer. ‘Here was a total consonance rare in concerto partnerships between Julia Fischer and her orchestral colleagues’, wrote The Arts Desk when she played with us in 2019. Critics talk about her ‘alert, unshowy’ playing, and the ‘amazing unity’ when Fischer and the LPO play together. We just know that it feels right.

So when she suggested that we might like to explore all five of Mozart’s violin concertos together, we didn’t need asking twice. These five elegant mini-masterpieces are the work of a teenager – graceful, brilliant, touched by genius. But above all, they’re fun. Fischer and the LPO will play them all, paired with music by Tchaikovsky and Strauss that’s specially chosen to make Mozart shine.

She’ll join another good friend – viola virtuoso Nils Mönkemeyer – in Mozart’s sublime Sinfonia Concertante, and partner Vladimir Jurowski in Elgar’s Violin Concerto. And she’ll team up with players from the LPO to relax in the way that musicians always enjoy best, when among friends – with a programme of chamber music. Some pleasures are too good not to share.