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Maurice Hasson

Professor Jo Cole - Posted on 14.04.2015

Maurice Hasson has just celebrated his 80th birthday and has decided to dedicate the next years solely to his own personal pursuits – including of course his superbly eloquent and uniquely lyrical violin playing, and his beloved family. He has told me that he will therefore be retiring from the Academy at the end of this academic year, 2014/15.

Maurice has been a hugely distinguished and esteemed professor of violin at the Academy for 29 years, with an incredible record of wonderful teaching. His list of past students is an impressive roll call of highly successful performing violinists including many eminent soloists and orchestral leaders – and our own acclaimed faculty members, Remus Azoitei and Giovanni Guzzo.

Maurice’s worldwide connections with great artists has also been very much to the advantage of the Academy – enabling us to invite such great teachers such as Virginie Robillard, amongst others, to work with our violinists.

Maurice is giving a recital at Wigmore Hall later this week, on Friday 17th April at 7.30pm, with a programme of French music – sonatas by Franck, Debussy and Fauré, and Ravel’s Tzigane. The pianist will be Tadashi Imai, an Academy alumnus. I am sure you will all agree that this will be an iconic and unmissable performance. His interpretations of this repertoire are world renowned. He has requested that there is no ‘official’ Academy send-off party, but I am sure he would love to see you at his concert, and of course I’m insisting that he returns to visit us next year to give occasional classes. Very fortunately he has agreed to this!

I personally will very much miss seeing Maurice every week. I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting him before I joined the Academy staff five years ago, and  it was tremendously exciting to have such a legend as part of my new working life. He has become a true friend and a hugely entertaining and supportive colleague over the last few years – and he is still a legend!

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