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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

16. Gidon Kremer
Gidon Kremer (February 27, 1947) is a Latvian violinist and conductor.
Kremer was born in Riga (then part of the Soviet Union, today Latvia), into a family of German Jew origin. His father was a Holocaust survivor. He began playing the violin at the age of four, receiving lessons from his father and grandfather, both professional violinists. He studied at the Riga School of music and with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1967 he won the third prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Then, in 1969, he got the second prize at the International Violin Competition in Montreal, followed by first prize at the Paganini competition in Genoa. Finally, he got the first prize in 1979 at the Tchaikovsky International competition in Moscow.

His first concert in Western Europe took place in Germany in 1975, followed by performances at the Salzburg Festival in 1976 and in New York City in 1977. In 1981 he founded a Chamber music festival in Lockenhaus, Austria, with special interest in new and unconventional works. Since 1992 the festival known as "Kremerata music" and in 1996 he founded the Chamber Orchestra Kremerata Baltica, consisting of young musicians from the Baltic region. Kremer was also artistic director of the festival "Art Projekt 92" in Munich and is the director of the festival Musiksommer Gstaad in Switzerland.
Kremer is known for his wide repertoire, ranging from Antonio Vivaldi and j. to contemporary composers J.s. Bach. He has released works by composers like Astor Piazzolla, George Enescu, Philip Glass, Alfred Schnittke, Leonid Desyatnikov, Alexander Raskatov, Alexander Voustin, Lera Auerbach, Pēteris Vasks, Arvo Pärt, Roberto Carnevale and John Adams. Among the many composers who have dedicated works include Sofia Gubaidulina (Offertorium) and Luigi Nono (the future utopian nostalgic distance). He has played with Valery Afanassiev, Martha Argerich, Oleg Maisenberg, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet and Vadim Sakharov. It has a long discography with Deutsche Grammophon, for which he recorded since 1978; He has also recorded for Philips, Decca, ECM and Nonesuch Records.
Kremer has to his credit a Guarneri del Gesù of 1730 and a Stradivari of 1734, known as the "Baron Feititsch-Heermann". He currently plays a Nicolò Amati from 1641.

17. Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham (19 February 1971) is a violinist of israeli origin, considered one of the best exponents of his generation along with Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Bell among the most prominent.
Born in Urbana, Illinois, her parents moved to Israel when he was 2 years old. Both were scientists, Jacob Shaham and Meira Diskin.
At age 10 he made his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of Jerusalem, and the Israel Philharmonic, and he was admitted to the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. Both he and his sister, the pianist Orli Shaham, attended Columbia University.
Shaham's career took off in 1989, when he was asked to replace to Itzhak Perlman, who was ill, for a series of concerts with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra. She flew to London in a single day and played Concerto for violin n ° 1 of Bruch and Jean Sibelius violin concerto, generating critical enthusiasts.
Since then Shaham has earned a place among the great virtuosos of the time. He has performed with numerous orchestras of first line, including the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Symphonic Orchestra of Singapore.
He has recorded more than twenty albums with the label Deutsche Grammophon, two albums with music by Sergéi Prokófiev and Gabriel Fauré for Vanguard and a Triple concert recording of Ludwig van Beethoven with David Zinman, Truls Mørk and Yefim Bronfman for Arte Nova. It is a favorite of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Pierre Boulez, André Previn and Colin Davis.
His recording of the concert of the lovers of the butterfly, Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, and the Concerto for violin, Piotr Ilich Chaikovski, appeared on 30 August 2008.
In 2008 he won the prestigious Avery Fisher Prizel.
He is married to the violinist Adele Anthony, with whom he has two sons: Elijah (born in 2002) and her Mei (in 2005).
It has a vast discography.
Shaham plays a Stradivarius from 1699, the "Comtesse de Polignac".

18. Vadim Repin
Vadim Repin is a Russian violinist, born August 31, 1971 in Novosibirsk.
Vadim Repin was born in Novosibirsk, administrative capital of the Federal District of Siberia, in August 1971. In his youth he studied with Zakhar Bron and was admired in Russia as a child prodigy. At the age of 17 became the youngest winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, one of the most prestigious violinisticos competitions.
Vadim Repin played under the baton of conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mstislav Rostropóvich and Riccardo Muti.
He is specialized in Russian and French, music particularly the great Russian concerts for violin. It has included in its repertoire contemporary music as some works by John Adams and Sofia Gubaidulina.
He has recorded the violin concertos of Mozart, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Nikolai Myaskovsky. It has also made two CDs of music for violin and piano with Borís Berezovski and has recorded Chamber music with pianists Martha Argerich and Mikhail Pletnev, violist Yuri Bashmet, and cellist Mischa Maisky.
Vadim Repin recordings until 2005 most were with the label Erato. However, in 2005 it appeared on Deutsche Grammophon (DG) on a disc of Chamber music Sergéi Tanéyev alongside Mikhail Pletnev, Ilya Gringolts, Nobuko Imai, and Lynn Harrell; in April 2006 he signed a contract exclusively with DG.
Until 2005 he played a violin built by Antonio Stradivarius in 1708, called the 'Ruby', which previously played Pablo Sarasate. He currently plays the 'von Szerdahely', a Guarneri del Gesù in 1736.

19. Akiko Suwanai
Akiko Suwanai (February 7, 1972) is the younger Japanese violinist to win the Tchaikovsky International competition in 1990. He won second prize in the Queen Elisabeth music competition in 1989 and is well recognized in the Japanese musical environment.
He studied at the musical school Toho Gakuen.
Plays with a 1714 Stradivarius violin called Dolphin, which is on loan from the Foundation of Japanese music.

20. Ann Marie Calhoun
Ann Marie Calhoun is an American violinist, born in Virginia. 
His brothers playing guitar and his sister, Mary Simpson, is also a consummate violinist of bluegrass. 
In 2002, Ann Marie was married to Brian Calhoun, Builder and co-owner of Rockbridge guitar company located in Lexington, Virginia. They live in Gordonsville, Virginia.
Calhoun began taking violin lessons at the age of three years. "As she said: actually I don't remember learning to play, because I started when I was three years old and I feel like I've always known him." The first "track on his talent" came at the age of four when she and her father were watching a telecast of Redskins. When the band played "Hail to the Redskins" was suddenly heard again, but this time on the violin: "she grabbed him by the ears, and came out through his fingers." 
She began playing bluegrass music with his brothers in the Simpson family band when she was still very young. His father said: "When I was 14 I started to take violin competitions and them won nearly all." 
I loved the contrast of musical styles, and began to complete my training on the violin cl basic violin lessons from my father. "
He attended the high school of the Lake Braddock in Virginia near Washington, D.C. 
At the beginning she was in conflict as to what style of music to follow. 
Calhoun attended the University of Virginia, where he specialized in music and biology, where he graduated in the class of 2001. From 2001 to 2003 he was part of the Group of bluegrass fusion of Old School freight train. It also participates in Gary Ruley and Mule Train with other members of execution of Walker. 
Before devoting himself entirely to his musical career, Calhoun taught science and the direction of the program at the Woodberry forest school, in Madison County, Virginia.

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