Violinists

  • Isabelle faust
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    Isabelle Faust

    Isabelle Faust was born in Esslingen, Germany in 1972. As a teenager she studied with Denes Zsigmondy and Christoph Popppen and won the International Leopold Mozart Competition of Augsberg in 1987 as the youngest entrant. She then went on to become the first German violinist to win ...

  • James ehnes
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    James Ehnes

    Born in Brandon, Canada, in 1976, James Ehnes attained musical recognition at a young age. He began learning the violin with Francis Chaplin from the age of nine and became the youngest ever musician to win first prize in strings at the Canadian Music Festival aged 12. ...

  • David garrett
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    David Garrett

    German violinist David Garrett, who received his first Stradivarius at the age of 11, and, at 13, was the youngest soloist ever to sign an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, is now best known as a record-breaking pop and crossover artist. Together with his band, he gives ...

  • David oistrakh
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    David Oistrakh

    One of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century, David Oistrakh is often mentioned with the respect commanded by luminaries such as Jascha Heifetz. He was a key musical figure in the Soviet Union during World War II, premiering new concerti by Miaskovsky, Khachaturian and Prokofiev. After ...

  • Christian tetzlaff
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    Christian Tetzlaff

    German violinist Christian Tetzlaff began playing the violin at the age of six. He studied with Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and later with Walter Levin at the University of Cincinnati. His breakthrough as a soloist came in 1988, at the age of 22, when ...

  • Ray chen
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    Ray Chen

    Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray Chen was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. He burst onto the scene in 2008, winning the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, before following ...

  • Sarah chang
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    Sarah Chang

    Sarah Chang is living proof that child prodigies can develop into fully-fledged artists. The daughter of two Korean musicians, she started learning the violin at the age of four and rose to international prominence before her teens, performing Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Zubin Mehta and ...

  • Renaud Capuçon
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    Renaud Capuçon

    French violinist Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, before moving to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern. In 1997, he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav ...

  • Nicola benedetti
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    Nicola Benedetti

    Nicola Benedetti's success from a young age has made her one of the most high-profile violinists in the world today. Born to a half-Scottish, half-Italian mother and an Italian father, Benedetti was brought up in West Kilbride, Scotland. She started the violin aged five and received instruction ...

  • Joshua bell
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    Joshua Bell

    The American violinist Joshua Bell began his musical education by attempting to pluck out music on stretched-out rubber bands. Soon afterwards, aged four, he started violin lessons. Taught by pedagogues including Donna Bricht, Mimi Zweig and Josef Gingold, he made his first major professional appearance, aged ...