It is not often that a musical instrument receives more attention than the musician playing it, but that may be the case when violinist Andrew Irvin plays a 250-year-old Gagliano violin at an October recital at University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Irvin, the co-concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and accompanist Dr. Julie Cheek will present a guest recital on October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center. Irvin will play a 1765 Gagliano violin made in Italy more than two centuries ago. Irvin is celebrating the violin’s 250th birthday with a series of recitals around the state and will present a program featuring the works of Mozart and Grieg.
A native of Columbia, Missouri, Irvin has performed throughout North America as well as internationally. Irvin studied at the University of North Carolina and Arizona State University before joining the Arkansas Symphony. His solo repertoire ranges from Bach and Vivaldi through Mozart and Haydn to Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Korngold. In addition to performing with the Arkansas Symphony, Irvin is part of three ensembles – ARMusica, the Camino Trio and the Irvin/Christopher Duo.
Irvin will be accompanied by pianist Julie Cheek, a Little Rock native and frequent soloist with the Arkansas Symphony. Cheek studied at Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., as well as the Hochschule fur Music in Vienna, Austria. She has served on the faculties of the University of Colorado and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently working on a 13-part series for PBS.