Liba Schacht and John Sharp during a previous performance.
Liba Schacht and John Sharp during a previous performance. / SUR

A musical reunion in one of Malaga's most tranquil spots

Malaga resident, Thomas Kaurich, will be accompanied by two former Julliard School colleagues, Liba Schacht and John Sharp, on Friday 5 July at the English Cemetery in Malaga. The three, will be forming a chamber music trio (piano, violin, and cello) for the first time since they left the school. The programme will include pieces by composers Haydn, Granados and Mendelssohn.

Pianist Kaurich has performed at the English Cemetery as well as other venues in Andalucía before.

Liba plays a Teckler violin from 1724, while John's cello is a rare Guanarius from 1694. They explain that it belonged to the principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic in the 1920s and 1930s. "During the war he lost his position on account of being half Jewish, and the cello was hidden in a bank vault in Copenhagen." Both the cellist and the cello survived the war, and the instrument ended up in New York, where John acquired it. The cello gets its own plane ticket and a window seat "It's almost a family member, in fact," laughs Liba.

Liba was born in Lithuania and grew up in Tel Aviv before coming to Juilliard. John is originally from Waco, Texas. They now live in Chicago, where John is the Principal Cello of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Liba is a violinist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This is the first time they have been in Spain for over 30 years. The trio will also be performing at Bodegas Bentomíz in Sayalonga on Sunday 7 July.