Shmuel Ashkenasi
violin | Israel, °1941
 
VIOLIN 1959 : Seventh Prize
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Shmuel Ashkenasi attended the Musical Academy of Tel Aviv and gave his first public performance at the age of eight. After studying with Ilona Feher, he came to the United States to study with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music. He won the Merriweather Post Competition, was a finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and received second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Shmuel Ashkenasi has toured the former Soviet Union twice and concertized extensively in Europe, Israel, the Far East, and the United States, and he has collaborated with Rudolf Serkin, Thomas Hampson, Murray Perahia, Peter Serkin, and Menahem Pressler. As first violin of the famed Vermeer Quartet, he has gained a reputation as one of the world's outstanding chamber musicians.

From 1969 until 2007, Shmuel Ashkenasi was professor of music and artist-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, and, for the last several years, he taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
He joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007.
Audio
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Program
Final (26/05/1959)
Darius Milhaud Concert Royal
Eugène Ysaÿe Caprice d'après l'étude en forme de valse op. 52 de C. Saint-Saëns
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Concerto in D major op. 35
Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Franz André
Relive the performances of Cello 2022
The Competition's CD's
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