Robert Davidovici
violinist
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Acclaimed on five continents, ROBERT DAVIDOVICI is a virtuoso, known for his spectacular technique and wide-ranging repertoire, fused with magnificent artistry and a compelling stage presence.

Born in TransylvaniaRomania, Robert Davidovici began his studies with a student of the legendary David Oistrakh, subsequently studying with Ivan Galamian at The Juilliard School, where, upon graduating, he served as a teaching assistant to the famed Juilliard String Quartet. He is the recipient of several distinguished First Prize honors, among them the Naumburg International Violin Competition and the Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition.

In addition to his solo engagements, Mr. Davidovici is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Florida International University and serves as guest professor at distinguished music schools around the world, most recently at Tokyo’s Musashino Academia Musicae, the universities ofWashington and British Columbia and the Australian National University. His multi-faceted career has included appointments as Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Netherlands’ Residentie Orkest and Japan’s Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Guest Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of the Chautauqua, Colorado and Grand Teton music festivals.

As an avid chamber musician, Robert Davidovici has collaborated with numerous esteemed colleagues, among them Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Cho Liang-Lin, Yo-Yo Ma and Isaac Stern. Carnegie Hall has featured him as part of its “American Music Masters” series, and he was the subject of a television special on Boston’s WGBH.

Robert Davidovici’s recordings appear on the labels of CALA, Centaur, JVC, Meister Music, New World, RPO. Of special note is his 2013 world premiere recording of Paul Kletzki’s Violin Concerto with Grzegorz Nowak conducting London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an album that also includes Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto #2 and Lutoslawski’s Partita.

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BACH, J.S.

Concerto #1 in a, BWV 1041
Concerto #2 in E, BWV 1042
Concerto in d for 2 Violins, BWV 1043

BARBER

Concerto, Op. 14

BARTÓK

Concerto #2 (1938)
Rhapsody #1

BEETHOVEN

Concerto in D, Op. 61
Concerto in C, Op. 56 (“Triple”)
Romance #2 in F, Op. 50

BENJAMIN                           

Romantic Fantasy 

BERG                                     

Concerto (1935)

BERNSTEIN

Serenade (1954)

BLACHER

Concerto, Op. 29 (1948)

BRAHMS

Concerto in D, Op. 77
Concerto in a, Op. 102 (“Double”)

BRUCH

Concerto #1 in g, Op. 26

CHAUSSON

PoPme, Op. 25

DVORÁK

Concerto in a, Op. 53

FINNEY

Concerto #2

GLAZUNOV                          

Concerto in a, Op. 82

HAYDN         

Concerto #1 in C
Concerto #2 in D

HUANG         

Concerto #1 in B

KHACHATURIAN                

Concerto in d (1940) 

KLETZKI

Concerto, Op. 19 (1928)

LALO                                     

Concerto in F, Op. 20
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

LUTOSLAWSKI                   

Partita (1985)

MENDELSSOHN                  

Concerto in e, Op. 64

MENOTTI                              

Concerto in a (1952)

MOZART                               

Concerto #2 in D, K. 211
Concerto #3 in G, K. 216
Concerto #4 in D, K. 218
Concerto #5 in A, K. 219
Sinfonia concertante in E-flat, K. 364 

PAGANINI                            

Concerto #1 in D, Op. 6

PROKOFIEV

Concerto #1 in D, Op. 19
Concerto #2 in g, Op. 63 

RAVEL

Tzigane (1924)

SAINT-SAËNS                      

Concerto #3 in b, Op. 61
Havanaise, Op. 83
Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

SCHUBERT

Rondo in A 

SHOSTAKOVICH                

Concerto #1 in a, Op. 99 

SIBELIUS                              

Concerto in d, Op. 47

STRAVINSKY

Concerto in D (1931) 

SZYMANOWSKI                 

Concerto #2 

TAKEMITSU

Nostalgia

TCHAIKOVSKY

Concerto in D, Op. 35

VIEUXTEMPS                       

Concerto #4 in D, Op. 31
Concerto #5 in a, Op. 37 

VIVALDI                              

The Four Seasons, Op. 8 

WIENIAWSKI

Concerto #1 in f-sharp, Op. 14
Concerto #2 in d, Op. 22

MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in e, Op. 64
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61

Grzegorz Nowak/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

RPO label

KLETZKI: Violin Concerto, Op. 19 (world premiere recording)
SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Concerto #2, Op. 61
LUTOSLAWSKI: Partita

Grzegorz Nowak/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

RPO label

“MÉLODIE” - THE ART OF ROBERT DAVIDOVICI

Ravel: Tzigane
Tchaikovsky: Mélodie, Op. 42, #3
Tchaikovsky: Méditation, Op. 42, #1
Sarasate: Habanera, Op. 21, #2                
Sarasate: Romanza Andaluza, Op. 21, #1
Tchaikovsky: Valse sentimentale, Op. 51, #6      
Saint-Saëns: Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28
Chopin/Milstein: Nocturne in c-sharp
Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera
with Etsuko Okazaki, pianist

Meister Music Records (Japan): MM-1015

THE VIRTUOSO IN THE COMPUTER AGE - COMPUTER MUSIC SERIES, Vol. 10

L. Austin: Montage Theme & Variations for Violin and Computer Music on Tape

Centaur Records: CRC-2110

WINNER OF THE 1983 CARNEGIE HALL INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN MUSIC COMPETITION FOR VIOLINISTS

Piston: Sonatina
Schuller: Recitative and Rondo
Copland: Nocturne
Aitken: Partita for Solo Violin
with Steven de Groote, pianist
Schoenfield: Three Country Fiddle Pieces
with Paul Schoenfield, pianist

New World Records: NW 334-2

ROBERT MUCZYNSKI - CHAMBER MUSIC

Piano Trio #1, Op. 24
Piano Trio #2, Op. 36
Piano Trio #3, Op. 46
String Trio, Op. 31
with Richard O’Neill, violist
Carter Enyeart, cellist
Adam Wodnicki, pianist

Centaur Records: CRC-2634

ILLUMINATED SHADOWS - ORLANDO JACINTO GARCÍA  

Composers Recordings: CD-900

CONYNGHAM: Southern Cross, Double Concerto for Violin, Piano & Orchestra

Geoffrey Simon/London Symphony Orchestra

CALA Records: CACD-1008

CHOPIN - 11 NOCTURNES (Violin Transcriptions)

No. 1, Op. 9, #1 (trans. Herman)
No. 2, Op. 9, #2 (trans. Sarasate)
No. 3, Op. 9, #3 (trans. Herman)
No. 7, Op. 27, #1
No. 8, Op. 27, #2 (trans. Sarasate)
No. 11, Op. 37, #1 (trans. Herman)
No. 13, Op. 48, #1 (trans. Herman)
No. 16, Op. 55, #2 (trans. Heifetz)
No. 19, Op. 72 (trans. Auer)
No. 20, posthumous (trans. Milstein)
No. 21, posthumous
with Etsuko Okazaki, pianist

JVC Records (Japan): VICC-60392

He is a terrific violinist. His technique is of the ‘wow’ variety, his tone as huge as he cares to make it.

THE BOSTON GLOBE

He put his head under the knife at once, with Bach’s Unaccompanied Sonata No. 1, which he played cleanly and without affectation. Contrapuntal lines emerged clearly because multiple stops stayed in tune, and a fast, tight vibrato helped keep the music from sounding expressive in a 19th-century manner. This was, in fact. Excellent Bach.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

His performance [Barber Violin Concerto] was as close to flawless as they come, leaving the audience breathless at the close. But the high point came with the hypnotic intensity of the middle movement.

FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

Robert Davidovici is a born violinist in the most complete sense of the word. His Prokofiev Concerto was played with that perfect balance of lyricism and satire that the composer himself talks about, and with sonorities that not even a Milstein has.

LA PRESSE (Montréal)

Violinist Robert Davidovici lingered lovingly over the poetic passages of Tschaikovsky’s Concerto and ignited the fiery ones with passion.

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (Australia)

A distinguished conductor of the 1950s and 60s noted for his eloquent Mahler performances, Paul Kletzki was a rising composer in the years between the two world wars. His Violin Concerto, written in 1928, mixes the bittersweet lyricism of Prokofiev’s two violin concertos with the heated romantic twilight of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht. Touches of gypsy fiddling, Spanish Languor and impish wit interrupt the Neoclassical vigor of the finale. The gleaming interludes for solo violin and woodwinds are particularly ear-catching. A well-crafted, compact score with a daunting solo line, the Kletzki concerto deserves more frequent revival. Davidovici, who gave the work’s American premiere five years ago in New York, brought full-throttle virtuosity and passion to a score he clearly relishes. Grzegorz Nowak drew secure and vibrant playing from the FIU Symphony Orchestra.

MIAMI HERALD

First rate. Paul Kletzki’s Violin Concerto is the real treasure here; it appears on disc for the first time and is much more than a historical curiosity. It never suffers by comparison with the other works here.

THE GUARDIAN (London)

9/8/2016 (11am)

BEETHOVEN, BAGELS & BANTER

The Edye, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (CA)

Beethoven: Piano Trio #4
Fauré: Elegy for Cello & Piano
Ravel: Tzigane
Smetana: Piano Trio  
with Ronald Leonard, cellist
Kevin Fitz-Gerald, pianist

10/5/2016 (7:30pm)

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Miami)

Raffaele Ponti, conductor
The Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

10/16/2016 (11am)

BEETHOVEN, BAGELS & BANTER

The Edye, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (CA)

Andrés: Narthex for Flute & Harp
Mozart: Flute Quartet #1
Ibert: Trio for Violin, Cello & Harp
Bax: Elegiac Trio
Jolivet: Chant de Linos
with Carol Wincenc, flutist
Rob Brody, violist
Ronald Leonard, cellist
Katerina Englichova, harpist

11/20/2016 (11am)

BEETHOVEN, BAGELS & BANTER

The Edye, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (CA)

Shostakovich: Piano Trio #1
Ravel: Duo
Schumann: Piano Trio #1
with Clive Greensmith, cellist
Inna Faliks, pianist

1/8/2017 (11am)

BEETHOVEN, BAGELS & BANTER

The Edye, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (CA)

Schubert: String Trio
Schnittke: String Trio
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio
with Rob Brody, violist
Clive Greensmith, cellist

3/5/2017 (11am)

BEETHOVEN, BAGELS & BANTER

The Edye, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (CA)

Debussy: Chansons de Bilitis
Shostakovich: String Quartet #6
Chausson: Chanson de perpétuelle
Schumann: Piano Quintet
with Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
members of the Royce String Quartet
Ilya Itin, pianist

4/23/2017 (11am)

BEETHOVEN, BAGELS & BANTER

The Edye, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (CA)

Ravel: Piano Trio
Brahms: Piano Trio #1
with Antonio Lysy, cellist
Fabio Bidini, pianist