Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl speaks to Amanda Holloway about his varied career and his unusual violin
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Pavel Šporcl is musical royalty in the Czech Republic. He is the latest in a line of Czech virtuoso violinists dating back to the 19th century, with the technique to tackle showstoppers from Wieniawski to Paganini. He’s one of the best violinists you may never have seen on a concert stage, unless you’re lucky enough to live in the Czech Republic. Outside his homeland, Šporcl (pronounced Shportzl) is known for his recordings on Supraphon, Universal Music and now Hänssler, with CD sales currently numbering around a quarter of a million. Whether his fingers are burning through a Paganini variation or combining muscle and melody in the Mendelssohn Concerto, Šporcl brings refreshing, old-fashioned brio to familiar repertoire…
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