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Shmuel Ashkenasi

Israeli musician
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Occupation Musician Teacher Violinist Educator
Country Israel
Date of birth Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel
Education Curtis Institute of Music
Authority Library of congress id ISNI id VIAF id
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Biography

Shmuel Ashkenasi (Hebrew: שמואל אשכנזי‎; born January 11, 1941) is an Israeli violinist and teacher.

Biography

Born in Tel Aviv on January 11, 1941, he began his musical training at the Musical Academy of Tel-Aviv studying with legendary pedagogue Ilona Feher, the teacher of such violinists as Pinchas Zukerman and Shlomo Mintz. He arrived in the United States while still young and studied with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Career

Ashkenasi won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1961 and in 1962 captured top prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, D.C., and the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium. As a soloist, he has toured the Soviet Union twice and plays concerts every year throughout Europe, Israel and the Far East. He has performed with American orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Rotterdam, Geneva and Stockholm.

Among his solo recordings are the Paganini Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 with the Vienna Symphony on the Deutsche Grammophon label, the two Beethoven Romances, and the Mozart A Major Concerto.

Vermeer Quartet

In 1969, Ashkenasi was chosen to form the Vermeer Quartet by NIU Chair of the Dept. of Music at Northern Illinois University, Stan Ballinger. Consequently auditions were held during the next year to establish the esteemed Vermeer Quartet! We faculty members were also involved in choosing the name of this famous quartet. Mr. Ashkenasi remained as its first violinist throughout the quartet's career. The Vermeer Quartet held residencies at Northern Illinois University and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. Its discography includes works of Beethoven, Bartók, Brahms, Dvořák, Haydn (a Grammy-nominated recording of the Seven Last Words of Christ, produced by the violist of the quartet, Richard Young), Schubert, Schnittke, Tchaikovsky, and Verdi.

Pedagogue

Ashkenasi is also a noted pedagogue, currently holding the posts of Professor of Violin at Bard College Conservatory of Music, Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music. His students include Viviane Hagner, Gwendolyn Masin, Josep Colomé and Gerhard Schulz.

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