Uto Ughi the outstanding artist and the magic of violin
Italian violinist. He began playing the violin as a child and first appeared in public at the age of seven, performing the Bach D minor Chaconne. A meeting with George Enescu at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena in the early 1950s led to his going to Paris for two years as one of Enescu’s last pupils. He then studied at the Geneva Conservatoire and toured with the pianist Lamar Crowson before beginning an international career. Since 1979 he has helped to organize a festival in Venice, and from 1987 to 1992 he directed the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Chamber Orchestra in Rome. For some time he has spent a third of his year in Italy, where he is based in Rome, and the other months on tour. Ughi is an archetypal Italian violinist, with a strong technique and a large tone of great beauty which he deploys in a repertory ranging from the Italian Baroque to the 20th century. His recordings include many of the large-scale concertos as well as some by Tartini; Beethoven sonatas with Wolfgang Sawallisch at the piano; and Bach’s unaccompanied works. He has the use of two violins: the 1701 ‘ex-Kreutzer’ and the 1744 ‘ex-Grumiaux’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’.