Abbotsholme Arts Society presents Jack Liebeck


Violinist Jack Liebeck

Submitted by Stephen Strugnell

The eminent British violinist Jack Liebeck presents a program of music by Beethoven, Ysaye and Fauré, with pianist Katya Apekisheva.

Anglo-German violinist, stage director and festival director Jack Liebeck has “flawless technical mastery” and a “seductive silver sound” (BBC Music Magazine).

His program for the Abbotsholme Arts Society, with pianist Katya Apekisheva, includes Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 1, Ysaye’s Poéme élégiaque and Faure’s Violin Sonata No. 1.

Jack has been appointed the Royal Academy of Music’s first Émile Sauret Violin Teacher and the new Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Music Festival from 2022.

Jack’s playing embraces the worlds of elegant chic chamber Mozart to the passionate mastery required to frame Brett Dean’s The Lost Art of Letter Writing.

His fascination with all things scientific led him to play the world premiere of Dario Marianelli’s Voyager Violin Concerto and led to his most recent collaboration, A Brief History of Time, with Professor Brian Cox and Benjamin Northey.

This new violin concerto was commissioned for Jack by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from its regular collaborator and composer Paul Dean, and is written in commemoration of Professor Stephen Hawking; A Brief History of Time received its world premiere in November 2019.

From 2022, Jack will be the artistic director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM). He is also artistic director of his own Oxford May Music festivals, whose programming focuses on the themes of music, science and the arts, as well as Alpine Classic in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

As the first Émile Sauret professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music, he works as an ambassador helping to recruit future talent both at home and abroad, as well as training the next generation of violinists in his class.

Jack has a developing relationship with digital education app NomadPlay, a unique opportunity for individuals to perform alongside renowned musicians and orchestras.

Jack will perform at Abbotsholme School, Rocester, Uttoxeter on Friday 18th February at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £20 (£5 for under 25s) available at the door in the evening or by calling 01543 263304 or email:

Abbotsholme Arts Society was established in 1968 by Gordon Clark, Director of Music at Abbotsholme School. The first concert was given by oboist Leon Goossens on September 24 of that year.

There have been over a thousand concerts, films, readings, lectures and talks by many of the best in their field around the world over the next five decades.

Abbotsholme, a mixed day/boarding school founded in 1889, is beautifully situated in the center of its own estate in the Dove Valley, between Ashbourne and Uttoxeter.

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