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Rowland Mesirca Duo

Daniel Rowland (violin) and Alberto Mesirca (guitar)

Daniel Rowland and Alberto Mesirca met at the Kuhmo Festival some years ago and discovered a shared love of the transparent, lyrical and colourful repertoire for violin and guitar.

Their first disc, ‘Favorites’, for the Viennese label Orlando Records, was released in December 2015. The recording – which received excellent reviews – comprises a vivid, virtuosic and fun programme which is full of contrasts and highlights the wonderful, yet relatively unknown, repertoire for this combination of instruments.

Daniel and Alberto are both members of the contemporary tango quintet ‘ChamberJam’, with bandoneonist Marcelo Nisinman, pianist Natacha Kudritskaya and bass player Zoran Markovic. The group released its debut disc ‘Tangos del angel y del Diablo’ on the Berliner Meister Schallplatten label in June 2014; the group’s second ‘direct to vinyl’ record for the same label followed in 2017.

Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, as “both naked and highly virtuosic” by NRC Handelsblad, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”.

Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a broad repertoire from Biber to Berio and Vivaldi to Ferneyhough. In recent seasons Daniel has performed with orchestras from Tromso in the north of Norway to Cape Town, in concertos from Beethoven and Brahms to Elgar, Berg, Korngold, Weinberg, Prokofiev and Schnittke and has worked with many preeminent conductors.

He loves championing contemporary composers and is a passionate advocate of concertos such as those by Vasks, Lindberg, Glass, Saariaho and Van der Aa. In 2017 he premiered Isidora Zebeljan’s Violin Concerto “Three curious loves” and this autumn sees the premiere of Roxana Panufnik’s “Songs of Love and Friendship” with the Dutch Radio Choir at the Concertgebouw. September 2020 saw the release of Daniel’s newest CD ‘Distant light’, for Challenge Records with Violin Concertos by Peteris Vasks, recorded live at the Stiftfestival 2019 with the composer present.

A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with a broad range of artists and is a frequent guest at foremost international chamber music festivals such as Kuhmo, Stellenbosch, Risor, Sonoro, Rio de Janeiro, Chiemgau and Osnabrück.

Daniel is part of acclaimed duo partnerships with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya, “a perfect partnership” according to BBC Music Magazine, and with cellist Maja Bogdanovic, whose recent duo CD with Daniel “Pas de deux” (Challenge Records) included 5 world premieres and was described as “a magical meeting between violin and cello” by Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad.

In 2005 Daniel founded the Stift International Music Festival in the bucolic region of Twente in the eastern Netherlands, where he grew up. For twelve years, Daniel was the leader of the Brodsky Quartet, performing all over the world, and making numerous recordings, including the celebrated Shostakovich Cycle. He teaches at the Royal College of Music in London.

The Italian guitarist Alberto Mesirca was born in 1984. He completed his Bachelor and Master of Arts at the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto, in the class of the eminent teacher Gianfranco Volpato, before going on to study with Wolfgang Lendle at the Music Academy of Kassel in Germany.

Alberto has a busy performing schedule, working with musicians such as Dimitri Ashkenazy, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Martin Rummel, Domenico Nordio, Marco De Santi, Andras Adorjan, Peter and Jonas Giger and Mirko Satto. He has also collaborated with the Enesco, Ardeo and Acies string quartets, Quartetto d’Archi di Venezia, and Ex Novo Ensemble.

Recent seasons have been characterized by intensive periods of concerts performances, lectures and masterclasses around the world. These have taken him to the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (where he performed the national premiere of a composition of György Kurtàg, working closely with the composer), Stradivari Foundation, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Silesian Guitar Autumn in Poland, Festival Classique in The Hague, Lessines ‘Sons intensifs’ Festival, ‘Semana Tarrega’ in Valencia, and Beethoven Festival in Melbourne. Other highlights include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio in Parma, Auditori Nacional in Valencia, Kunsthalle Wien and the Italian Institutes of Culture in Paris, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm, Barcelona and San Francisco.

Working with Marc Ribot, Alberto recorded the complete guitar works of the Haitian composer Frantz Casséus. Alberto was also responsible for the digitalization and creation of the Musical Archive of the Beyazit Library in Istanbul, Turkey in 2011. In collaboration with Hopkinson Smith and Franco Pavan, Alberto published the previously little-known compositions by Francesco Da Milano which appeared in the Castelfranco Veneto 1565 Lute Manuscript, which are now distributed by Orphee Editions. This re-discovery led Dusan Bogdanovic to write a composition for Alberto on a theme of Da Milano called “Tre Ricercari sulla Compagna”. In 2013 Mesirca gave the world première of a composition written for him by the Cuban composer, guitarist and music director, Leo Brouwer.

Alberto has an extensive discography. In 2007 he won the International Guitar Convention in Alessandria’s ‘Golden Guitar’ for ‘Best Recording’ for his disc Ikonostas, winning the same award again in 2013 for his ‘British Guitar Music’ recording with cellist Martin Rummel. The prestigious organisation also judged Mesirca to be ‘Best Upcoming Artist’ in 2009. In 2020 he appeared with Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt on their disc “From the Ground Up: The Chaconne”, which won the Gramophone Award for Best Concept Album of the year.

Alberto’s busy concert schedule in 2018 took him all over Europe, with appearances at the Kuhmo Festival (Finland), Stift Festival (Holland), Sonoro Festival (Romania), Osterkonzerte Dusseldorf (Germany), Ex Novo Festival in Venice (Italy) and Ikebana Festival in Oviedo (Spain). Some of the most recent highlights in Alberto’s engagement diary also include a performance at M.A.C. Milan as part of LaVerdi’s chamber music season, and concertos with the Kasseler Symphonie Orchester, Orchestra d’Archi “Giacomo Facco, musico veneto”, and Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, directed by Marco Angius.

Alberto currently lives in Castelfranco Veneto and teaches at the Statal Conservatory of Music of Adria.

Last updated: 25 Nov 2020
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