ANCLAS and the Embassy of Ecuador present: THE DUO PAGANINI
6:30pm Tuesday 6 November
Larry Sitsky Recital Room, School of Music, ANU
Formed by two of the most renowned Ecuadorian virtuosos, violinist Jorge Saade-Scaff and guitarist Julio Almeida, the Duo Paganini has performed in New York, London, Beirut, Istanbul, Berlin, Budapest, Rome, Stockholm, Paris, Madrid, The Hage, Brussels, Geneva, Washington, Moscow, Warsaw, The Vatican, Buenos Aires, Lima, Montevideo, Quito, Cologne, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Bonn, and has made recordings for RADIO NETHERLANDS in Holland, RADIO NACIONAL DE ARGENTINA, RADIO BARTOK in Budapest, RADIO VISION in Ecuador.
The duo has performed in such prestigious halls as the famous CARNEGIE HALL in New York, the PURCELL ROOM at the ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL in London, the TEATRO COLON in Buenos Aires, the KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Washington DC, the UNESCO in Paris, the "MARBLE ROOM” and the “DUNA PALACE” in Budapest, the ROYAL PALACE in Warsaw, the UNITED NATIONS in Geneva, the NATIONAL THEATER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Beijing, among others.
Jorge Saade-Scaff, Ecuador’s most outstanding violinist, has captivated audiences all over the world with his enormous sound, compelling virtuoso performances and charismatic personality. Mark Holston, music critic for the “AMERICAS“ magazine in Washington DC wrote about him: “…one of the best young classical musicians of the Americas…his reputation as Ecuador’s violin virtuoso is reinforced by this haunting, richly rewarding selection”.
Mr. Saade is the premier recording violinist of Ecuador, in 1993, together with renowned Canadian pianist Adam Wegrzynek, became the first Ecuadorian violinist to release a compact disc recording. His second compact disc, “Danza Ecuatoriana” together with virtuoso Ecuadorian pianist Boris Cepeda was recorded live at the Hanover World Expo 2000 in Germany, in 2003 with the Duo Paganini he released "From Paganini to the Andes. In 2004 “Música Académica Ecuatoriana” recorded live with the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, in 2005, also with the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of acclaimed conductor and composer, José Serebrier, he recorded live Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. Most recently, under the sponsorship of Mastercard Pacificard of Ecuador, he released "Tango, Danzón y Pasillo" recorded live with the Pan-American Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Sergio Buslje in Washington DC.
In 2002, for his work in favour of the Ecuadorian Arts and Culture the President of Ecuador honoured him as a “Commander” of the National Merit Order. In 2004, the Ecuadorian Congress honoured him with the highest cultural decoration, the "Dr. Vicente Rocafuerte" Medal for Cultural Merit and the Minister of Culture and Education of Ecuador decorated him with the highest cultural decoration given by the Ministry, the Medal for Cultural and Artistic Merit in First Degree. Most recently, on January 12, 2007, the President of Ecuador Dr. Alfredo Palacio, honoured him as a "GRAN OFICIAL” of the NATIONAL MERIT ORDER, this is the highest decoration given by the Ecuadorian government. Mr. Saade holds a Master of Music degree with specialization in Latin American Music from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where he studied with virtuoso Hungarian violinist and renowned pedagogue Robert Gerle.
Mr. Saade served as the Cultural and Press Attaché of the Ecuadorian Embassy in Washington, DC, and Cultural Representative of Ecuador to the Organization of the American States from June 1997 until February 2003. He is currently the Honorary Consul of Belgium in Guayaquil, Guayaquil Cultural Director from the Ministry of Culture of Ecuador, Professor at the Universidad Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Honorary Professor at the “Ricardo Palma” University in Lima, Peru, Professor Ad-Honorem of violin and viola at the National Conservatory of Music in Guayaquil.
Julio Almeida is a critically acclaimed and internationally respected guitar soloist and chamber musician. The German newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger described the Ecuadorian musician, a long-time resident of Cologne, as "a first-class guitarist". His recitals throughout Europe, North America and South America have been enthusiastically received by the public and the international press alike.
His frequent performances as a soloist and in chamber music collaborations have taken place in prestigious concert halls such as the Beethoven Hall of Bonn, the Chiesa della Pontificia di Sant' Anna in the Vatican, the Basilica de Lourdes in France, the Marble Hall of the Hungarian National Radio in Budapest, the Concert Hall of V. V. Mayakovskiy National Museum in Moscow, the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, the Sala Figari, Palacio Santos in Montevideo, the Teatro Prometeo in Quito, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.,