Itzhak Perlman is one of today’s greatest violinists – so who better to ask for advice on how to get the most out of your practice and tackling nerves? We spoke to the brilliant musician in London’s Savoy Hotel, ahead of the UK leg of his European tour.
Born in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany, on March 31, 1685 (N.S.) / March 21, 1685 (O.S.), Johann Sebastian Bach came from a family of musicians, stretching back several generations. His father, Johann Ambrosius, worked as the town musician in Eisenach, and it is believed that he taught young Johann to play the violin.
The most recent film featuring Heifetz, Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler, premiered on 16 April 2011 at the Colburn School of Music. It is described as "The only film biography of the world's most renowned violinist, featuring family home movies in Los Angeles and all over the world.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756 to Leopold Mozart (1719–1787) and Anna Maria, née Pertl (1720–1778), at 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg. This was the capital of the Archbishopric of Salzburg, an ecclesiastic principality in what is now Austria, then part of the Holy Roman Empire.
Hahn commissioned 26 contemporary composers to write short encore pieces for In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores. Among the composers are David Del Tredici, Jennifer Higdon, Du Yun, Elliott Sharp, David Lang, Nico Muhly, James Newton Howard, Valentyn Sylvestrov and Max Richter.
an interview with violinist sarah chang Korean-American violinist Sarah Chang is one of the most distinguished and loved violinists now before us. Admitted to Julliard School of Music before she was 6, and debuting with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra all by age 11, she has performed and recorded with the world’s greatest orchestras for almost two decades.
Born Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascuéz in Pamplona, in the Spanish province of Navarre, on 10 March 1844, Pablo began studying violin at the age of five with his father, an artillery bandmaster. Later he took lessons from a local teacher. He gave his first concert at La Caruña when he was only eight years old.
Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of today’s best-known violinists. Mentored by the late conductor Herbert von Karajan, she rose to fame when she started to play alongside him at the age of 13. She spoke to Classic FM ahead of a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.
7. Julia Fischer. Julia Fischer was born in Munich, Germany. She started her first violin lesson from Helge Thelen. Afterwards, she learnt piano along with her mother, Viera Fischer. For Julia, music is the food of soul, and this is why she loved playing different instruments.
So what is Pinchas Zukerman's standing among the leading violinists of the day? Just ask the people who will be performing with him Monday evening in Symphony Hall. "I think he is the greatest violinist in the world today," declares violist Quintin Ballardie, founder of the English Chamber Orchestra, with which Zukerman will be appearing on this April 15 program.
Henryk Wieniawski was born in Lublin 1 on 10 July 1835 into a family who combined an interest in social welfare with a passion for music. Henryk’s father, Tadeusz, held a Master’s degree in philosophy, medicine and surgery, and had an extensive medical practice.
Midori Goto (五嶋 みどり, Gotō Midori, born October 25, 1971) who performs under the mononym Midori, is a Japanese-born American violinist. She made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist at the New Year's Eve Gala in 1982.
8. Viktoria Mullova. Viktoria Mullova is a great Russian violinist. She is best known for violin concerti, which are composed by J.S. Bach. Some of her jazz compositions are by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, The Beatles, and others. Viktoria is a well known violinist, and has all the qualities that make her a great musician of all time.
Gidon Kremer, the Russian-trained Latvian violin virtuoso who turns 70 next month, has never shied away from connecting his art and his politics. On a North American tour that has just begun with concerto performances in Boston and arrives at the 92nd Street Y with a concert on Feb. 2 by Mr. Kremer’s chamber orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, he is forwarding a social agenda, if not a political one.
Ginette Neveu (1919 - 1949) Tragically, Neveu died in a plane crash when she was just 30, something made all the more tragic by just how much promise she showed. She once beat David Oistrakh in the Wieniawski Competition and was already making some classic recordings - it’s tempting to imagine just what might have been.
Ivry Gitlis is an Israeli virtuoso violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He has performed with the world's top orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.
Ida Haendel published her autobiography, Woman With Violin, in 1970. Television Her life has been the subject of several television documentaries, including Ida Haendel: A Voyage of Music (1988), I Am The Violin (2004), and Ida Haendel: This Is My Heritage (2011).
"With this latest recording, James Ehnes proves that he possesses everything to become one of the greatest violinists of the 21st century." (Classica, April 2004) “Ehnes is a world-class violinist and he proves it once again with intense, character, and technically flawless renditions of these Czech gems.
Nathan Cole, first associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plays Nathan Milstein’s cadenza for the Beethoven violin concerto on the 1716 Stradivari played by the Russian American virtuoso from 1945 to the end of his career, and which took his name.
Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. With a media presence that enhances and inspires the classical audience, reaching out to millions through his unprecedented online following, Ray Chen's remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.
Although it is unclear quite when Corelli arrived in Rome, he was certainly active there by 1675, when "Arcangelo Bolognese" (as he was referred to) was engaged to play as one of the supporting violinists in lenten oratorios at the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, as well as in the French national celebrations held each year on 25 August at San Luigi dei Francesi and during the ordination of a member of the powerful Chigi family at Santi Domenico e Sisto.
Josefowicz was born in Missisauga, Ontario, Canada. When she was a young child her family moved to Los Angeles, California, where she started studying violin at the age of three and a half using the Suzuki method. Her father, physicist Jack Josefowicz, and mother, biologist Wendy Josefowicz, learned with her.
19. Frank Peter Zimmerman (b.1965) German. At the heart of Frank Peter Zimmermann’s repertoire are the great violin concertos. ‘I always go over the works I’ve often played as if I had never known them, seeking for fresh perspectives,’ he says.
In 1969, he published his treatise on violin playing, Szigeti on the Violin. In it Szigeti presents his opinions about the then-current state of violin playing and the various challenges and issues facing musicians in the modern world, as well as a detailed examination of violin technique as he understood it. A recurring theme in the first part is the changing nature of violinist’s lives during Szigeti’s later years.
Leonid Borisovich Kogan was a preeminent Soviet violinist during the 20th century. Many consider him to be among the greatest violinists of the 20th century. In particular, he is considered to have been one of the greatest representatives of the Soviet School of violin playing.