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Top 20 Greatest Famous Violinists of all Time

Zak Ben - Thursday, March 27, 2014
Top 20 Greatest Famous Violinists of all Time

11. Janine Jansen
Janine Jansen (born in Soest, Netherlands, 1978) is a Dutch violinist. Both his father and his brother are also musicians. He began studying violin at age six. He studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn, and Boris Belkin.
Jansen was born in 2001 as a soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, where he performed the Brahms violin concerto. He made the opening of the BBC Proms, in 2005. Is very adventurous in its execution, with an emphasis on communication, more than precision or adherence to the status quo. His recording of Vivaldi's four seasons are a good example of his style. It eschewed the tradition of recording with an orchestra, doing so with only five stringed instruments, including his brother as cellist, and his father for the Basso continuo.

12. pinchas Zukerman
Pinchas Zukerman (Tel Aviv, July 16, 1948). It is a famous violinist, viola and israeli conductor.
He studied at the Juilliard School. He debuted in New York in 1963. From 1980 to 1987 he was director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota. He married the actress Tuesday Weld in 1985, but they divorced in 1998. He is a close friend of Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman also renowned Jewish musicians who form a well known artistic brotherhood. He is currently married to the principal cellist of the Orchestra of the NAC, Amanda Forsyth. He lives in the exclusive area of Ottawa, Rockcliffe Park. Two daughters, Arianna and Natalia, from his marriage of 15 years with the flautist and novelist Eugenia Zukerman has. Both daughters are vocalists; Arianna is opera singer, while Natalia Zukerman is folk-rock musician.
Zukerman has recorded around 100 works and has been nominated 21 times for Grammy Award, of which it won two.
In April 1998 he was appointed Director Musical of the Orchestra of the Centro Nacional de las Artes (NACO) of Canada.
He plays the violin "Dushkin" Guarnerius del Gesu (1742).
Awards and distinctions
Grammy Award for best chamber music performance: Itzhak Perlman & Pinchas Zukerman for music for two violins of Moszkowski: Suite for two violins/Shostakovich: duets/Prokofiev: Sonata for two violins) (1981)
King Solomon Award
Medal of Arts presented by President Ronald Reagan in 1983
Isaac Stern Award for artistic excellence.

13. Karen Briggs
Karen Briggs is an American virtuoso violinist born in Manhattan, New York in 1963. He grew up in Portsmouth (Virginia) and began his first violin lessons at age 12. At 15 you could say that he started his professional career, standing out later as an interpreter of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra from 1983 and for a period of four years.
At that time Karen began to consider their musical future as an independent interpreter, and your choice of styles that best represent it, affirming in this musical trend in Jazz and Gospel, simultaneously to his distancing of classical music.
In 1987 he returned to New York and there was a rising career as a soloist, winning several prizes and mentions. In 1988 he married and moved to Los Angeles, California, where he started his first performances as a professional soloist, traveling through several cities in the United States and Japan.
Its takeoff and international dedication as interpreter of great importance took place from its incorporation in 1991 to the roster of the Greek keyboardist and composer of instrumental music, Yanni, with whom he made several international tours for thirteen years. There are videos of some of those concerts, such as the so-called Yanni Live at the Acropolis, recorded live in Greece and Tribute, this latest live recorded in the Taj Mahal Palace (India) and the forbidden city (China), in which Briggs presentations charge an interpretive flight of superlative quality. The work on the tour called Etnicity during 2004 was its last phase in this important stage of his career with Yanni.
Karen Briggs also made several musical works and presentations soloists, such as the 1994 with pianist Dave Grusin, and also with Stanley Clarke, Wynton Marsalis, Roni Benise, Daniel de los Reyes, Marla Gibbs, Kenny Loggins, Ashley Maher, Taliesin Orchestra and Diana Ross. It has had a RAID as an actress in the film Music Of The Heart, and also composed the soundtrack.
In 1999 joined with bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Richie Kotzen, drummer Lenny White and keyboardist Rachel Z Vertu group, considered by some critics as the musical continuation of the remembered band Return to Forever, Chick Korea-led in the 1970s.
Briggs stands in the present by their spaciousness, virtuosity and ability for improvisation in various experimental musical styles such as Jazz fusion and Afro Latin, without abandoning other searches or definitely identify with any of them. He currently lives quietly with his family in the State of Maryland.
Still being recognized and required by musicians from different parts of the world, and admirable professionalism to integrate their tours or participate in sessions and studio recordings. The freshness and the great talent of Karen Briggs has been admired and praised repeatedly by Zubin Mehta.
Karen (1992)
Amazing Grace (1996)

14. Salvatore Accardo
Salvatore Accardo (Turin, Italy, on September 26, 1941), is a violinist and conductor Italian, considered one of the greatest interpreters of 20th-century violin.
Although born in Piedmont, he soon moved to Torre del Greco (Naples), city of his father Vincenzo, Carver of cameos. At three years of age he began to be interested in the violin and the eight was admitted to the school Neapolitan of the Maestro Luigi D'Ambrosio. In June 1956 he was discussed in the prestigious Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples, five years earlier.
Heard by the patron count Chigi, was admitted ad honorem in a course of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena.
He gave his first professional recital at age 13 playing the whims of Niccolò Paganini. In 1956, it won the competition in Genoa and in 1958 attained the first place of the violin "Paganini" contest. He founded the Accardo Quartet in 1992 and was one of the founders of the Walter Stauffer Academy in 1986. He also created the "Settimane Musicali Internazionali» in Naples and the «Festival of strings of Cremona» in 1971. In 1996 he refounded the «Orchestra da Camera Italiana» (OIC) whose members are the best students of the Walter Stauffer Academy.
Salvatore Accardo has several violins, among which are the Stradivari Hart ex Francescatti (1727) and Uccello di Fuoco ex Saint-Exupéry (1718), and a Guarneri del Gesù of the 1734.
Great violin virtuoso, is especially famous for his interpretation of the works of Paganini, who has recorded the 24 Capricci and his six concertos for violin and Orchestra, the first to do so, (there is now a comprehensive of concerts recorded by his student Massimo Quarta). The six concertos for violin and Orchestra by Niccolò Paganini were recorded in 1974, with the accompaniment of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of the Swiss Charles Dutoit. As the twenty-four Caprices were interpreted and recorded by the maestro Salvatore Accardo, without any accompaniment. Really Salvatore Accardo recorded almost all the work of Nicolo Paganini violin, approximately to the thirty-two years of age.
His repertoire, however, is much broader and spans from baroque works of Johann Sebastian Bach to contemporary (he has premiered numerous compositions, and authors such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Franco Donatoni, Astor Piazzolla, or Iannis Xenakis have dedicated works). He has also featured in Chamber music or in the direction of opera.
He has recorded the 24 Caprices of Paganini for solo violin (returned them to record in 1999) and was the first to record the 6 Paganini violin concertos. It provided a stunning version of folies Les d'Espagne for series two chapters on the life of Antonio Stradivari, written and directed by Giacomo Battiato in 1989 and starring Anthony Quinn. Accardo has an extensive record list of almost 50 recordings with Philips, DG, EMI, Sony Classical, Fone, Dynamic, and Warner-Fonit.

15. Shlomo Mintz
According to international critics, Mintz noted for their impeccable understanding with musicians, his versatile style and ranked technique. The famous violinist collaborates regularly with the orchestras and conductors most important on the international scene and can be heard in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist and also in his role as director.
Shlomo Mintz was born in Moscow in 1957, and two years later emigrated with his family to Israel, where studied with Ilona Feher, Hungarian Professor and the prestigious violinist. At the age of 11, he made his debut in concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel. Shortly thereafter it was called a week in advance by Zubin Mehta to play first Violin of Paganini Concerto with the Orchestra, replacing Itzhak Perlman, who was ill. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16 years, in a concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra which was presented under the auspices of Isaac Stern and the America-israel Cultural Foundation. Subsequently, he began studies with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
At the age of 18 years, Shlomo Mintz added the role of conductor to his artistic projects and, since then, he has directed major orchestras around the world, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (United Kingdom), the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Japan) and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel.
Shlomo Mintz was Advisor to music of the Orchestra of camera of Israel from 1989 to 1993 and in 1994 was appointed artistic Adviser and Principal Director guest of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maastricht. He conducted the Orchestra for four seasons. In 2008 he was appointed Principal Director guest of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
It is pattern and one of the founders of the mastercourse of violin "Keshet Eilon", a summer course of high quality targeting young violinists from around the world, which takes place in Kibbutz Eilon (Israel) and gives lectures around the world.
Shlomo Mintz was President of the jury of the competition International of Violin Henryk Wieniawski in 2001 and was a member of the jury of the "Queen Elisabeth" of Brussels and the international Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. In 2002 he was appointed Director Artistic of the International Music Festival Sion-Valais and President of the jury of the competition international Sion-Valais. Together with Nicole Coppey it form part of the jury of children to develop the training of young people. It is Mentor and President of the jury of the first competition International of Violin Buenos Aires 2010.
In May 2006, Shlomo Mintz received the title of Doctor "Honoris Causa" from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel).
Sonatas and partitas for solo violin (1001-1006) |Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin BWV 1001-1006, Deutsche Grammophon
Bartók 2 Portraits, Deutsche Grammophon
Bartok Violin Concerto No. 1, RN
Beethoven Violin Concerto, Beethoven Romance No. 1, Beethoven Romance No. 2, Deutsche Grammophon
Brahms Complete Violin & Viola Sonatas, Avie Records and Magnatune
Brahms Violin Concerto, Deutsche Grammophon
Bruch Violin Concerto, Deutsche Grammophon (first recording together with Mendelssohn Violin Concerto)
Debussy Violin Sonata in G, Ravel Violin Sonata in G, Franck Violin Sonata in A, Deutsche Grammophon
Dvorak Violin Concerto, Deutsche Grammophon
Fauré Violin Sonata No. 1 op. 13, Fauré Violin Sonata No. 2 op. 108, Deutsche Grammophon
Israel Philharmonic 60th Anniversary Gala Concert, RCA Victor
Kreisler Various Compositions, Deutsche Grammophon
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5, Saint-Saëns ' Introduction et Rondo capricioso ', Deutsche Grammophon
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Deutsche Grammophon (first recording, together with Bruch Violin Concerto)
Mendelssohn Violin Sonata in F Minor, Mendelssohn Violin Sonata in F Major, Deutsche Grammophon
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola KV 364, RCA Victor
Mozart The Five Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante, Concertone, Avatar Records (also on Magnatune)
Paganini 24 Caprices for Solo Violin op. 1, Deutsche Grammophon
Prokofiev Violin Concertos No. 1 & 2, Deutsche Grammophon
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1 op. 80, Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 op. 94, Deutsche Grammophon
Shostakovitch Violin Sonata op. 134, Shostakovitch Viola Sonata op. 147, Erato
Sibelius Violin Concerto, Deutsche Grammophon
Stravinsky ' Histoire du Soldat ', Valois
Vivaldi ' The Four Seasons ', Deutsche Grammophon
Vivaldi Complete collection of Violin Concertos (10 Volumes), MusicMasters Classics.

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