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Young Swiss violinist makes Welsh debut

Deborah Marchetti

Having made their Wigmore Hall debut last year, violinist Deborah Marchetti and pianist Stefan Wirth returned to the UK for their first performance in Wales.

The concert on Tuesday 22 November at Cardiff University Concert Hall was the result of close collaboration between the Consulate of Switzerland in Cardiff and the School of Music.

The School of Music has developed excellent working partnerships with a number of organisations in the UK and internationally and in 2011/12, as a result, music in Cardiff has a strong Swiss flavour. The Cardiff Sacher series of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in collaboration with Cardiff University's School of Music, also has the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in London for the gala concert to be held at Hoddinott Hall, 16 March 2012 at 7 p.m.

Deborah Marchetti, who studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and performed at the Vienna Musikverein, has won many awards including the Béla-Bartók prize and plays a violin created by Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona 1652), on loan from a group of private sponsors, while Stefan Wirth has studied in Switzerland, the US and the UK earning praise for his work as a soloist, chamber musician, composer and director.

Tuesday's programme will include the world premičre of a new piece commissioned by Deborah and Stefan from Swiss composer Edu Haubensak, Ravel's Sonata for violin and piano, Szymanowski's evocative Trois Mythes and Beethoven's famous 'Kreutzer' sonata.

Ruth Lehmann-Thomas, Honorary Consul, said: "This is a tangible result of the work we do with our partners to promote cultural co-operation between Wales and Switzerland."

Visit http://concerts.cf.ac.uk/ for more information on our 2011-12 Concert Series.