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Competition aside, Atilla will play a beautiful and extremely versatile program featuring, among others, a Waltz from Tchaikovsky, The gypsy Air from Monti and Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D Minor.

He appears in Ballina at St Mary’s Anglican Church, corner Burnet and Norton streets, on Friday 20 April at 7.30pm and in Muwillumbah at All Saints Anglican Church, 32 Byangum Road, on Sunday 22 April at 2pm.

Attilla started playing the Violin at the age of four in Tashkent. His enormous talent and master classes with some of the world’s best violin players would soon allow him to win many international competitions.

In the year 2000 he moved to Germany where he worked as concert master in several leading orchestras. With them he did performances in the most prestigious venues all over the world like the Sydney Opera House, the Berlin Concert Hall, the Ottawa National Art Centre and the Hong Kong Art Centre. He has become known for his extrovert and flamboyant stage presence and his tremendous command of the violin.

One of his favourite composers is Paganini and playing these very difficult parts always turns out to be a jaw-dropping experience sending thrills and plucking pizzicatos down your spine.

Go and hear him play with the Mueller International Chamber Orchestra and be transported listening to some of the most powerful, impassioned and colourful music in the solo violin repertoire: Tchaikovsky – Waltz from Serenade in C for Strings op.48; Mendelssohn – Concerto No.1 in D minor for Violin and Orchestra; Paganini – Moses Variation on One String on Rossini’s Theme; J Brahms – Hungarian Dance No.5 for violin and orchestra; Monti – Czardas for violin and orchestra (Gypsy Air); Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumblebee + Encores.

Murwillumbah tickets are available at the Visitor Information Centre, corner of Tweed Valley Way and Alma Street, online at www.destinationtweed.com.au, and at the door one hour prior to the concert.

Ballina tickets are available at: ABC Centre, 85 River Street, Ballina (opposite Woolies), phone 6686 2436 and at the door one hour prior to the concert.

For more information call 0424 253 539 or write to [email protected] Ticket prices: Full $30, Concession $25, Student $20.

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