Pablo Diemecke is considered one of Canada’s finest virtuoso violinists.
And he will bring that virtuosity to Ladysmith this Sunday night (Aug. 11) when he performs with his string quartet during Concerts in the Park at Transfer Beach.
Diemecke appears as a soloist around the world and has completed 20 years of service as concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony.
According to his biography, Diemecke showed remarkable talent at an early age. He made his first public appearance at 10, and his childhood quartet toured the U.S. and Mexico several times. At 17, he made his first solo appearance with an orchestra. He studied with Henryk Szeryng and his assistant Enrique Espin Yepez in Mexico City, receiving honours at his graduation recital. He went on to study with Robert Gerle in Washington and Daniel Majeske in Cleveland.
Diemecke has developed an enormous repertoire of important works, featuring not only all of the major concerti and standard works for violin, but also a large number of fascinating Latin American concertos by composers such as Manuel Ponce, Carlos Chavez, Lavalle, Rodrigo, Bustos and others. Two of these concertos were premiered and dedicated to Diemecke.
The Recording of the Carlos Violin Concertos for Violin and Piano, with Diemecke as violin soloist with the National Symphony of Mexico, was nominated as the Best Classical Album of the Year in 2002 by the Latin Academy of the Arts and Sciences.
This Sunday, Diemecke and his string quartet will perform from 6-8 p.m. at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre as part of the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA)’s Concerts in the Park series. There is no admission charge, but volunteers will collect donations, and every cent raised goes to the LRCA to provide services and programs for the community.