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Lecture-Concert Series Presents Ariadne Daskalakis, Violinist


JONESBORO – The Lecture-Concert Series at Arkansas State University will present Ariadne Daskalakis, historical violinist, on Monday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall (GPS: 2412 Quapaw Way).  This program is free and open to the public.

Daskalakis is a unique performer of both baroque and modern violin. Her recent releases of the Rosary Sonatas by H.I.F. Biber and Concertos by Kalliwoda received great critical acclaim.

In her current U.S. tour, Daskalakis is joined by her New York colleagues and leaders in the field of early music – Arthur Haas, harpsichord, and Martha McGaughey, viola da gamba.  Their program presents some lesser-known gems of the Baroque era by Buxtehude and Böhm.

The American violinist of Greek descent studied in Germany, where she currently resides. She has concertized in major venues around the world, appearing as soloist with ensembles including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Munich, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Stuttgart and Dortmund, the Berlin Symphoniker, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the Athens National State Orchestra.

"Ariadne is one of the finest performers of Baroque violin literature. Her artistry is immediately evident in the colorful and vibrant blooms of tone that project from her instrument. We are extremely excited to offer this event for our community,” stated Dr. Tim Crist, professor of music and chair of the Lecture-Concert Committee at A-State.  “She also will be visiting Fox Meadow Elementary Tuesday morning to perform for and interact with their students."

Following the release of her Vivaldi recording “7 with One Stroke!” with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, for which she was artistic director, she was featured by WDR and MDR German Radio, praised as a “universal specialist.”

Daskalakis’s experience in historical performance practice reaches back to the mid-1990s, during her tenure as leader of Ensemble Oriol Berlin and first violinist of the Manon Quartet Berlin.

She enjoyed an education in music and humanities at the Juilliard School, Harvard University and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. She is a violin professor at the Cologne Conservatory of Music and Dance. In 2015 she was named artistic director of the European Academy of Music and Art “Palazzo Ricci” in Montepulciano, Italy.

The Lecture-Concert Series serves Arkansas State and the surrounding communities by bringing notable guest speakers and performers of diverse backgrounds and wide appeal to the campus, Crist added.

For more details about the series, interested individuals may visit the Lecture-Concert Series website, AState.edu/lectureconcert, or contact Crist, tcrist@AState.edu, (870) 972-2094.

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Ariadne Daskalakis