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Gioconda De Vito (1907 - 1994)

Gioconda de Vito’s playing was influenced by a deep religious faith. Placing artistic integrity at the top of her agenda, she would only play works with which she had an affinity. Her favourite composer was Bach and her only concessions to modernity were a piece by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (compulsory in the Vienna International Competition) and the concerto written for her in a deliberately archaic style by Ildebrando Pizetti, which she premièred in 1944.

Six months after beginning to teach herself the violin, de Vito was heard by her uncle, a professional violinist, attempting Bériot’s Concerto No. 9 and they began formal lessons. Following two years with Remy Principe at the Pesaro Conservatory she obtained her diploma, and at thirteen began her professional career as a soloist. She was appointed Professor of Violin at the new conservatory in Bari on the Adriatic coast aged only seventeen. When she won the first International Violin Competition in Vienna in 1932, playing the Bach Chaconne in D minor, Jan Kubelík came up to the stage and kissed her hand.




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