Freya Creech

Freya Creech, violin

Tuesday , September 24, 2019,

11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Enjoy an unusual international presentation as British violinist Freya Creech interprets the beautiful and imaginative 10 Caprices for Solo Violin by Russian composer Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté, against a backdrop of photos and paintings created by German artist Walter Gramatté.

Freya Creech, who is half-Canadian, grew up in the west of Ireland, studying violin with her mother. She entered the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, London, at the age of ten, and eventually completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. She went on to a Masters degree in Kammermusik at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover, and then pursued additional solo violin studies at the Mozarteum.

Creech combines a busy schedule as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist, regularly performing in venues across the UK and throughout Europe. She now makes her home in Tucson, where she has joined True Concord Voices and Orchestra. Several years ago, her research into music for solo violin led her to discover the 10 Caprices by the little-known female composer Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté.

Born in Russia, virtuoso pianist, violiinist, and composer Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté settled in Germany with her first husband, artist Walter Gramatté, until his untimely death. She later moved to Canada with her second husband, the art historian Ferdinand Eckhardt. Her Caprices tell much of her life story:  adventures around Europe as a female composer in the 20th century, her life during both World Wars, and her love and heartbreak. 

Walter Gramatté was an expressionist painter who often presented a mystical view of nature, specializing in magic realism. He was associated with Die Brücke, a group of German Expressionist artists based in Dresden. In poor health most of his life, he died of tuberculosis at the age of 32, leaving behind various art works devoted to Sonia.

Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village volunteer


Sept. 24: “Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté – Caprices for Solo Violin”