Kurti released a CD of the Ysaye violin sonatas last year and is one of approximately 30 people to record them. Ysaye, a Belgian violinist, composer and conductor, was called “the King of the Violin.”
According to Kurti, his interest in the Ysaye works grew as he began researching his doctoral dissertation at the University of Georgia.
“I was familiar with these sonatas from my high school years, and back then I was thinking one day I hope to play them because they are as challenging as it comes, technically and musically,” said Kurti. “They are written for the solo instrument, so basically the violinist has to do everything, play solo lines, accompany and harmonize. Most of the time the sonatas sound like they are performed by a couple or even few performers at the same time.”
Aside from the technical challenges, Kurti was drawn to the beauty of Ysaye’s music.
“It really flows from the beginning of the First Sonata, all the way to the ending measures of the Sixth Sonata,” said Kurti.
Kurti believes this will be the first time an artist has performed all the Ysaye violin sonatas in one evening in Louisiana.
“This opus is rarely played all in one night. I want to believe that the extra effort on my behalf of trying to play them all will hopefully pay off if the audience finds this music uplifting and gets more familiar with this opus,” said Kurti.
After the concert, Kurti will have copies of his CD and will be available to sign them. The CD is also available at andrejkurti.com, bluegriffin.com and on iTunes.
Kurti received a doctorate degree in violin performance at the University of Georgia. He has been a faculty member at Northwestern State for nine years.
He was a recipient of five first prizes in competitions in Yugoslavia, four first prizes in competitions in Georgia and Florida, and a finalist of the MTNA (Music Teacher National Association) Competition in 1998.
At Northwestern State, Kurti teaches students from several countries. He appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras in the United States, Serbia, Montenegro, Italy, Greece and Russia. He also appeared as a chamber performer in Spain, France, Latvia, Canada and South Korea.
Kurti has appeared as a performer and arranger on more than 40 albums of popular and modern music, which he recorded for many different music labels in the United States. Since 2007, Kurti has been invited to several international music festivals where he most often performed music written for solo violin.