GIFTED: Attilla Sautov.

Three opportunities to see violin virtuoso on Coast

AS PART of his Spring Tour, violin virtuoso Attilla Sautov will be performing in Buderim and Maleny with the Australian String Quintet, and will give a solo recital in Caloundra.

Sautov has amazed audiences in more than 40 countries as a soloist and concert master, yet he has chosen to share his gifts with smaller communities all over Australia.

Sunshine Coast music lovers may not realise that they have a fiercely passionate and phenomenally talented violinist in their midst.

Sautov is not your average musician. His performances are worthy of the grandest concert halls, and he has indeed graced the stages of many of the world's most prestigious venues.

Yet despite this, he has grounded himself within Australia, and is devoted to sharing his gifts with smaller communities.

And he has spent much of this year doing just that. Audiences from Cooktown to Mount Isa and Glen Innes to Goulburn have been in awe of his talents, often expressing their amazement at the sounds the violin is capable of producing in the hands of such a maestro.

"I've never heard the violin played like that. Attilla is a whole orchestra," one audience member said after one of these concerts.

Aptly titled Baroque in Bloom, the quintet program will feature superb works from the master composers of the Baroque era.

With his usual panache, Sautov will lead some of Brisbane's finest chamber musicians in the Australian Quintet, performing soul-stirring concertos by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Corelli and Scarlatti.

The unique and unaccompanied solo program in Caloundra will include Bach's Chaconne (from Partita No. 2 in D minor): a structurally and emotionally powerful piece.

He will also perform three of Paganini's Caprices, and Attilla's own arrangement of Paganiniana (variations on themes of Paganini by Nathan Milstein).

These pieces showcase the synergy between Sautov and his instrument through a mesmerizing display - a whirlwind of seemingly impossible but sublime sounds that appear effortless to retrieve from just four strings.

Sautov's performances are renowned for their relaxed, intimate atmosphere, and his charming sense of humour is also a trademark, ensuring that the audience leaves feeling nothing less than uplifted.

You can catch the Baroque concert in Buderim at the Matthew Flinders Drama Theatre on Sunday, November 13, at the Maleny Community Centre on Sunday, November 20, and the solo recital at the Caloundra Uniting Church on Friday, November 25.

Tickets are available at or at the door before the performance. Call 0417 619 915 for further details.

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