Biography

Vadim Gluzman
Photo: Marco Borggreve

VADIM GLUZMAN    

Universally recognized among today’s top performing artists, Vadim Gluzman brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.

The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw. Gluzman has enjoyed collaborations with many of today’s leading conductors, including Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu, Tugan Sokhiev, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jukka-Pekka Saraste. His festival appearances include performances at Lockenhaus, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Verbier, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.

Highlights of his 2019-20 season include performances with Orchestre de Paris under Tugan Sokhiev and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, concerts with the BBC Philharmonic, Detroit and Houston Symphony Orchestras, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, HR Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Lucerne Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Staatskapelle Weimar, and Orchestre National de Lyon. He will lead performances with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he serves as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.

Also this season, Mr. Gluzman will give the world premiere performances of a new violin concerto by Erkki-Sven Tüür with the HR Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Andris Poga, Joshua Roman’s Double Concerto with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Danzmayr, Moritz Eggert’s Mir mit Dir commissioned by the Kronberg Academy to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, as well as UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto with BBC Philharmonic under Omer Meir Wellber. He has given live and recorded premieres of other works by Sofia Gubaidulina, as well as Giya Kancheli, Elena Firsova, Pēteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty, and most recently Lera Auerbach.

Vadim Gluzman’s latest CD for the BIS label features Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major with the Lucerne Symphony conducted by James Gaffigan and includes the composer’s Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano, performed with pianist Angela Yoffe. Accolades for his extensive discography include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica magazine’s Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age 7. He studied with Roman Šnē in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia before moving to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless. In the United States, he studied with Arkady Fomin in Dallas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and mentorship of Isaac Stern which continued until Stern’s passing in 2001.

Mr. Gluzman serves as Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and teaches at the Keshet Eilon International Music Center in Israel. He performs on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.