Loan with strings at­tached

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

MU­SI­CIAN Alexan­dre Da Costa is pro­fes­sion­ally ac­com­plished in both pi­ano and vi­o­lin, but it is the smaller string in­stru­ment that has given him the op­por­tu­nity to travel from his home of Mon­treal.

“You’re kind of a guest at a pi­ano but for the vi­o­lin you can re­ally feel like it’s a part of you,” Da Costa said.

“I guess the bond was stronger with vi­o­lin and it’s what I’ve used to push my solo ca­reer all over the world.”

Da Costa lived in Europe for 14 years, in­clud­ing Aus­tria and Spain, be­fore a po­si­tion as head of strings at WAAPA brought him to Perth 18 months ago.

“I’d never been to this part of the world; I love it, so I think I’ll be stay­ing here for quite a while,” he said.

“I know the city pretty well and can now say I don’t need my GPS to drive around any­more.”

Da Costa will per­form with his 1727 Stradi­var­ius vi­o­lin as spe­cial guest at WA Youth Or­ches­tra con­cert Beethoven’s 5th on Septem­ber 24 at Perth Con­cert Hall.

The vi­o­lin is on loan to him from a Cana­dian com­pany that sup­ports mu­si­cians with valu­able and rare in­stru­ments they would never be able to af­ford oth­er­wise.

“We don’t know its his­tory ex­actly be­cause most of the trades and links to this vi­o­lin have been dis­crete,” he said.

“Of course it comes from Europe and I think it was in a French fam­ily for some time, but other than that it’s been dif­fi­cult to pin­point who had it and who played it.

“It’s in per­fect con­di­tion and is like play­ing one of the most beau­ti­ful pieces of art in a mu­seum.”

Da Costa said he agreed to per­form with WAYO, whose mem­bers are aged eight to 24, as it was im­por­tant for him to men­tor the next gen­er­a­tion of mu­si­cians.

The con­cert will in­clude mu­sic by Grandage, Vi­tali, Monti, Sarasate, Smith and Beethoven.

“We’re go­ing on tour with this same pro­gram in December to Sin­ga­pore and Ja­pan,” Da Costa said.

“For many of them it will be their first op­por­tu­nity to see what life on a pro­fes­sional tour is like.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to push their lim­its and I’m glad to ac­com­pany them.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d459133

Alexan­dre da Costa will play one of the rarest makes of vi­o­lins around, a 1727 Stradi­var­ius at WA Youth Or­ches­tra's next con­cert.

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