Florian Rago, winner of a Gold Medal at the 15th Osaka International Music Competition, has an affinity with the violin as a stand-alone instrument and is always seeking to push the limits of what the four strings can evoke.
In the spirit of the great virtuosi, Florian also performs his own transcriptions of works with current projects involving committing select choral works to solo violin. Florian Rago is one of very few violinists to perform the entire Paganini 24 Caprices in concert.
Performances have taken Florian Rago through Europe, Asia and the United States, each time reaching audiences with his honest and soulful playing. Many of his recitals are solo, performing rarely heard repertoire. In the upcoming season, he will also collaborate in concerto performances, particularly enjoying a new relationship with Philharmonics in Romania.
In 2016, Florian Rago released a CD of virtuosic solo violin repertoire featuring works by Ysaye, Ernst, Paganini and Bach. This is a live, unedited, recording as Florian feels that it is important for the audience to sense the performance, even outside the concert hall.
During studies at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music with Prof. Dona Lee Croft and then Prof. Igor Petrushevski, Florian also received further guidance from Zakhar Bron and Maxim Vengerov. Prizes gained during this time include a Hattori Foundation Award, Royal Philharmonic Society Award and Ibla Grand Prize Ysaye Award.
A strong supporter of contemporary violins, the instrument Florian Rago plays on was made for him by master luthier Bharat Khandekar.
"A dazzling display of virtuosity and hypnotic panache"
- ISM Journal, UK