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Adrien La Marca

Hailed by The Financial Times as « a truly pure talent » and described by Le Monde as « a new viola hero », Adrien La Marca’s playing is characterised by a depth of expression, sense of individuality and technical mastery, alongside with a charismatic stage presence and ability to create an immediate emotional connection with his audience.

Winner of French « Victoires de la Musique » in 2014 in the Revelation category, La Marca performed since then in prestigious venues such as Paris Philharmonie, London Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Auditorium du Louvre, Schloss Elmau, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Salle Gaveau, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Schubertiades Hohenems. He collaborates with renowned orchestras such as Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Les Siècles.

A keen chamber musician, Adrien regularly performs with Renaud Capuçon, Edgar Moreau, David, Fray, Pavel Kolesnikov, Elena Bashkirova, the Van Kujik, Hermès, and Ébène quartets.

His first album, « English Delight », released in 2016 for the Label La Dolce Volta, has been fully acclaimed by the press (The Strad, Gramophone, Strings Magazine, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Diapason, Classica, etc. ) and awarded by Diapason d'OR, FFFF Telerama, Coup de Coeur FNAC, France Musique, Radio Classique and Gramophone’s choice.

"Heroes", his second release with La Dolce Volta in 2020, includes Walton's Viola Concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and Christian Arming, a World Premiere of Gwenaël Mario Grisi’s Viola Concerto written for him and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, first time ever recorded for solo viola and orchestra. "Heroes" was widely acclaimed by French and international press, and was awarded "Album of the Year" by Le Figaro.

Born in France in 1989 to a family of musicians, Adrien La Marca began playing piano and viola at the age of 4 in Aix-en-Provence. He entered Paris Conservatoire at 16 and studied with Jean Sulem. He then completed his studies in Leipzig with Tatjana Masurenko and in Berlin with Tabea Zimmermann. During his studies, Adrien was regulary invited to take part in different Musical Academies and had the opportunity to work with inspiring musicians like Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff and Menahem Pressler. In 2016, La Marca is the first classical musician to receive the prestigious “Fondation Lagardère” Grant. He is a winner of the “Fondation Banque Populaire” and supported by “L’Or du Rhin” and the "Safran" Foundation. He won numerous prizes in international competitions including William Primrose Competition, Lionel Tertis Competition and Johannes Brahms Competition.

La Marca plays a viola by Nicola Bergonzi made in Cremona in 1780, on generous loan from the BOUBO Music Foundation.

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  • Last Update : 06.01.2023
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« Sobre et ardent, sombre et virtuose. Un archet sûr et un cœur pur. »

Le Monde

« Un nouveau héros de l’alto »


« Adrien La Marca est un des altistes français qui a su faire sortir son instrument de l’ombre du violon, grâce à la magie d’un son hors du commun et à une palette de couleurs d’une richesse insoupçonnée. »

Le Figaro