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This rare program of solo violin music ‘without bass’ from the baroque period includes some of the earliest such music, music which set the stage for Johann Sebastian Bach’s extraordinary solo sonatas and partitas, including his famous Chaconne, considered the greatest of all works for solo violin.

Victoria native Marc Destrubé enjoys a diverse international career performing on historical and modern violins, as soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster or director/conductor. He is co-concertmaster of the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Amsterdam), first violinist of the Axelrod String Quartet (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC) and of the Vancouver quartet Microcosmos, and is a regular guest director and soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Australian Haydn Ensemble and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.

In Vancouver he has been director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, concertmaster of the CBC Radio Orchestra and first violinist with the Purcell String Quartet. He performs regularly for Early Music Vancouver, is Artistic Director of the Pacific Baroque Festival (Victoria), a member of the Turning Point Ensemble, and concertmaster of the Oregon Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra. A highly-respected teacher, he has been a visiting artist at the Paris, Utrecht and Moscow Conservatories, the Banff Centre, University of Indiana, Case Western University and Australian National University. He is on the faculty of the Berwick Academy at the University of Oregon and course co-director of the Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Programme.

Recital Program

Thomas Baltzar A Prelude for the Violin
Thomas Baltzar Three Pieces for solo violin
 – Allemande – Courante – Sarabande
Nicolo Matteis Three Pieces from ‘Ayres for the Violin, Book 2’ (1676)
 – Passaggio rotto – Fantasia – Movimento incognito
Heinrich Biber
Passacaglia in g minor ‘The Guardian Angel’ from the ‘Rosary’
or ‘Mystery’ Sonatas (1676)


J. S. Bach Partita in d minor, BWV 1004 from Sei Solo a Violino senza
Basso accompagnato Libro Primo (1720)
 – Allemande – Courante – Sarabande – Gigue – Chaconne

* All concerts will run approximately 90 minutes.