Oct. 26, 2017
Violinist Emil Altschuler will be the third performer in Saint Vincent College’s 46th Concert Series season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.
A free reception follows the concert.
Further information and reservations are available by contacting the Concert Series box office at 724-805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu. Season tickets are available for $130 (seven premium seats), flex passes are $140 (seven admissions) and single tickets are $25. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each concert.
Altschuler is a master of his instrument who performs with incredible technique, magnificent expression and a profound artistry across a wide-ranging repertoire. The Strad praises “Passion and portamento from a young American violinist,” and The Whole Note writes “There’s a decidedly old-style feel to…very reminiscent of Heifetz.” Erick Friedman, master violinist and protégé of the legendary Jascha Heifetz, wrote “…a truly outstanding violinist of his generation…and sound and accuracy of intonation that are truly extraordinary.”
He received his bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka, and his master’s of music from the Yale School of Music, studying under Erick Friedman.
His brilliant technique and vigorous performances received energetic ovations in venues such as Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Helen Von Ammon’s Emerging Artist Series, The Aspen Music Festival and Italy’s Castello di Galeazza. As a featured soloist, he has appeared with the Aspen Young Artist’s Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, Binghamton University Chamber Orchestra, Parkway Concert Orchestra and Harvard Summer School Orchestra.
Altschuler maintains an active career as a soloist and performs regularly with pianist Thomas Pandolfi reviving the old-style virtuoso program that made Paganini, Kriesler and Heifetz so famous including concerti, showpieces, transcriptions and sonatas. They program in an older style but also champion contemporary music which is varied and entertaining including concerti, sonatas, showpieces and transcriptions showing the brilliance, versatility and popularity of the instrument.
He has also collaborated with Belgian guitarist and string faculty at New England Conservatory Jérôme Mouffe in the AM Duo interpreting Spanish, Tango and contemporary works alongside classical masterpieces.
Altschuler is also extensively involved in music education, having served as Head of Strings for the Festival Youth Orchestra, and as chamber music coach at the School of Continuing Education and Preparatory School. He is also Community Music Instructor at Tufts University, regularly collaborating on the Tufts Composers and Faculty concerts; he is also Violin Coach for the Tufts Youth Philharmonic. His most recent teaching engagement is as artist faculty at InterHarmony in Bavaria this summer.
Altschuler released his debut album “Emil Altschuler – Violin,” arranged with his brother Josiah Altschuler, with a gypsy jazz style guitar accompaniment. He is also a featured artist on Josiah Altschuler’s debut album ‘Murder Ballads and Love Songs for Cello and Voice.’ He also recorded “Diablo y Tango” with guitar, which included works by de Falla and Piazzolla, and which was selected by renowned author and violin pedagogue Janice Tucker Rhoda for ‘The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner’ Books 1 and 3, published by Carl Fischer Music.
Altschuler’s latest live recording with Thomas Pandolfi was featured on NPR from the Honest Brook Music Festival. He also recently recorded a contemporary unaccompanied Partita by Christopher Marinuzzi and an album with pianist Keunyoung Sun, including Falla, Ravel, Albeniz, Poulenc, Bartok featuring brilliant works for violin and piano, performed with stunning virtuosity. This recording has been featured on NPR, HJCK in Bogotá, Colombia and broadcast on MDR KLASSIK in Halle, Germany. His next recording project is a Gershwin album of transcriptions by Jascha Heifetz with pianist, Rohan De Silva.
He also maintains an active private studio in Boston, Massachusetts, and teaches online via FaceTime and video tutorials. For more information, www.emilaltschuler.com.
Upcoming concerts in the series include Jordan Dodson, guitar, Jan. 20, 2018; Seraph Brass Quintet, Feb. 17, 2018; Anthony Trionfo, flute, March 17, 2018; and Edgar Moreau, cello, April 7, 2018.
Photo: Violinist Emil Altschuler
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