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WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music faculty member Kevin Lawrence will give an all-Bach violin recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, in Watson Chamber Music Hall on the campus at 1533 South Main St.

Lawrence will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s three solo partitas – pinnacles of the solo violin repertoire – culminating in the monumental Chaconne.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Praised for his "vibrant intensity" (The Times, London) and playing "supremely convincing in its vitality" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), violinist Kevin Lawrence has consistently elicited superlative responses for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. His assertive style and strong musical personality have thrilled audiences at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and in Houston, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Sofia, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam, where the Dutch press described him as "simply miraculous" (Het Vaderland).

His release of the complete violin works of the American composer Arthur Foote on the New World label was "highly recommended" as "beautifully played" by the Washington Post, and heard on the Ken Burns series “Not for Ourselves Alone,” broadcast on PBS; his second CD of American violin sonatas, recently released by New World, was hailed as “vital playing” and “a labor of love” by Classics Today.com.

Lawrence received his musical education at The Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Ivan Galamian and Margaret Pardee. While at Juilliard he also studied chamber music with Felix Galimir and continued his chamber music study with Josef Gingold at the Meadowmount School in Westport, N.Y.

Appointed to the Meadowmount faculty by Ivan Galamian in 1980, he taught there each summer until 1994, when he became the dean of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. He served as Killington's artistic director from 1997 through 2004, when he founded the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vt., called "the newest jewel in our musical crown" by The Vermont Times. Lawrence has given master classes throughout the United States, and in Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Venezuela. He is the chair of the string department at UNCSA, where he was recognized with an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.