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About Vadim Gluzman

Vadim Gluzman is an Israeli violinist. Born in the Ukraine in the former Soviet Union in 1973, he lived for most of his childhood in Riga, Latvia. He was a precocious violin student, starting lessons at age seven. After studying with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia, he emigrated with his family to Israel in 1990, where he studied with Yair Kless in Tel Aviv. Gluzman continued his studies in the United States with Arkady Fromin, Dorothy DeLay, and Masao Kawasaki. Encouraged by Isaac Stern, Gluzman went on to win the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award in 1994.

Gluzman has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Munich Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has been a frequent guest at festivals around the world, including the Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Pablo Casals, Colmar, and Jerusalem festivals, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman with his wife and accompanist, pianist Angela Yoffe. Gluzman began a collaboration with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, as a creative partner and principal guest artist, commencing with the 2013-2014 season.

Gluzman has performed 20th century music by the likes of Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein, and in the 2016-2017 season he premiered new works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Elena Firsova. He has also played the premieres of works by Giya Kancheli and Peteris Vasks, among others. The core of Gluzman's recorded repertory, however, is Romantic, and his performances fall into the durable Russian tradition. He has been almost exclusively associated with the BIS label, for which he first recorded in 2003 (24 Preludes for violin and piano, by Lera Auerbach). Among Gluzman's recordings of major concertos was one, in 2011, of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26; that recording was given France's Diapason d'Or award. Gluzman released a recording of Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, and Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78, on BIS in 2017.

Gluzman plays the "Ex-Leopold Auer" Stradivarius violin, built in 1690. ~ Blair Sanderson & James Manheim