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Education:

1979 – 1982: Peabody Conservatory of Music. Bachelor’s degree in Violin/Performance.
Studies in violin and chamber music with Professors John Merrill, Charles Libove, Stephen Kates, Ellen Mack, Berl Senofsky, Leon Fleisher, Dorothy Delay & Raphael Druian.

Currently:

Soloist, Chamber Musician and Recording Artist.

2016: Co-Founder, Music Director and Violinist of "Rencontres Musicales - Arts'ifice" - Concerts at the Château de la Hulpe, Brussels, Belgium.

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ince 2002: Frequent member of the Violin Jury for violin evaluations (Bachelor & Masters Degree, and Competitions) held at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music, Liège Royal Conservatory of Music & Mons Royal Conservatory of Music.

Since 2000: Vice President & Music Director and performing violinist of the cultural organization
“Les XXI”, organising a regular chamber music series with outstanding international artists (performances at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music and “in Residence” at the “Wolubilis” Concert Hall, Bruges, Liège (Salle Académique, University of Liège) and Paris, France (Salle Cortot).


Languages: English, French, German.

Awards and Honors:

July/August 2006: 5 diapasons from the French review, Diapason for the 4 CD set of recordings: “Les Sonates Dédiées à Eugène Ysaÿe”.
April 25, 2006: Inaugural Duo Recital for the new Concert Hall, “Wolubilis”, in the Presence of the Belgian Royal Family, with Uriel Tsachor, piano.

2005:
“Artist’s Prize” from the Fondation SPES (Belgium), which contributed to the realization of the recording project “Les Sonates Dédiées à Eugène Ysaÿe”.

Awarded a Grant from the Belgian Government, “175 – 25” (celebrating the 175th anniversary of Belgium, and 25th year of Federal Government) to help realize the recording project
“Les Sonates Dédiées à Eugène Ysaÿe”.

1997:
5 diapasons from the French review, Diapason for the 2 CD set of recordings: The Complete (5) Sonatas by Johannes Brahms.

1992: Invited to give the Inaugural Recital at the opening of the new Ravello Festival, Ravello, Italy.

1983: “Special Prize”, awarded by Isaac Stern, for performances at the 92nd St. YMCA, and Carnegie Hall in the International American Music Competitions sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the Rockefeller Foundation
1982: First Prize Winner of the Concerto Competition at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
1981: First Prize Winner of the “Concours” Recital Competition at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.


Professional experience:

Orchestral:

1988 – 1990: Soloist and First Concertmaster of the Würtembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Germany.
1987 – 1988: Soloist and First Concertmaster of the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, Germany.
1985 – 1987: Assistant Concertmaster and Soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas (with use of the “Mackenzie” Stradivarius of 1685).
1985: Assistant Concertmaster at Waterloo Festival, NJ (Gerard Schwarz, conductor).
Before 1985: Frequently played in the first and second Violin sections of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Concertmaster (and soloist – 1st prize winner of the Peabody Concerto Competition) of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra (1979-82, while attending the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, MD).
Concertmaster (and soloist with) of the Towson State University Orchestra, Maryland (1979-82).
Assistant Concertmaster at Aspen Music Festival (1980, student orchestra).
Concertmaster (and soloist) at Congress of Strings (1979 - Rafael Druian, conductor).
Concertmaster at Eastern Music Festival (1976-8, student orchestra), Greensboro, NC.
Concertmaster of All State Orchestra, (1976-8), MD.



Solo (Concerto performances):

Since 1990: resides in Brussels, Belgium (obtained Belgian Nationality - Dual Citizenship with U.S. – in 2003), and pursues an active solo, chamber music and recording career.

2012, 2 June :
Alba Music Festival, Italy, Church of San Domenico:
Andrew Hardy, violin soloist, Larry Vote, conductor, Romanian State Philharmonic
Ralph Vaughan Williams - "The Lark Ascending" - Romance for Violin & Orchestra
2007: November 20, Brussels, Belgium. J. S. Bach, Concerto N° 2 in E Major, BWV 1042, Franz Schubert, Rondo in A, D. 438 & Josef Haydn - Concerto N° 1 in C, Hob. VIIa/I. Playing and conducting the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie.
2001: Johannes Brahms, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77,
3 performances with the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonic Görlitz, Germany.
1998: Felix Mendelssohn-Barthody, Violin Concerto in e minor, Op. 64, performed on 3 occasions with Pierre Bartholomée and the Philharmonique de Liège.
1995: Max Bruch (Violin Concerto N° 1 in g minor, Op. 26), 3 performances with the Orchestre National de Belgique.
Performed 3 Russian Violin Concertos by Nicholas Rakov (Concerto N° 1), Dmitri Kabalevsky (Concerto in C, Op. 48), and Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin (Concerto, Op. 21) in Moscow with Veronika Dudarova and The Symphony Orchestra of Russia (these works were recorded at the Melodya Studio, Moscow, for OLYMPIA CDs, London).
1990: Nieuwe Belgische Kammerorchester, Jan Caeyers, Conductor, Mozart - KV 217 & Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra
1987 – 1988: Concertos by Bach (Concertos N° 1 & 2, Double Concerto for Two Violins, Double Concerto for Violin & Oboe, Triple Concerto), Tartini, Vivaldi, Haydn (Concerto N° 1 in C Major), Mozart (Concerto N° 3, Rondo KV 373) with Alexander Schwinck and the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, Germany.
1987: Mozart (Concerto N° 3 & Symphonie Concertante, with Tabea Zimmermann, viola) with the Homburg Kammerorchester, Germany.
1988: Brahms Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, toured in 5 performances with Alexander Schwinck and the Landesjungendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
1988 – 1990: Concertos by Bach, Haydn (Symphonie Concertante), Mozart (Concerto N° 3 & 4, Adagio, KV 261, Rondo KV 373, Symphonie Concertante for Violin & Viola), Bruch (N° 1 in g minor, Op. 26), Mendelssohn (Concerto e minor, Op. 64) & Beethoven (2 Romances) with Jôrg Faerber and the Würtembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Germany.
1985 – 1987: Concertos by Bach, Bruch, Saint-Saëns (Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso) & Tchaikovsky with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, TX., (performing on the “Mackenzie” Stradivarius of 1685).
1983: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons with the “Pro Musica Rara”, in Baltimore, Maryland.
1982: Ravel (Tzigane) with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and Towson State University Orchestra, Maryland.
1975: Solo debut performing Max Bruch (Violin Concerto N° 1 in g minor, Op. 26), 3 performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, Maryland.



Chamber Music:

A wide variety of Chamber Music experience in all kinds of formations, and repertoire. (See tabs: Scheduled, Recent, Earlier).

2015: Invited for a third season to perform chamber music (and give Masterclasses) at the 20th
Mozart Festival, in Waterloo, Glabais, Brussels.
Since 2000: Music Director of “Les XXI” chamber music series.
Since 1990: An ongoing Duo and recording partnership with pianist/professor, Dr. Uriel Tsachor (professor/piano department head at the University of Iowa & Winner of Busoni and Bösendorfer Competitions, Laureate of the Queen Elizabeth Competition), performing innumerable recitals together throughout Europe and in the U.S., and, together, we have accumulated a substantial repertoire in all styles. (Please view CDs & Reviews).
Since 1990: Performed frequently with pianists/Laureates and Prize winners of the Queen Elizabeth Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition, Busoni, Bösendorfer & Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competitions…), including Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Jan Michiels (Pianist/Prof. at the Brussels Conservatory), Dr. Daniel Blumenthal, professor at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, playing a great variety of Sonatas and Duo repertoire, Piano Trios & chamber music in larger formations, Prof. Rolf Plagge, professor at the
Mozarteum in Salzburg, performing the great majority of Mozart and all Beethoven Sonatas, as well as many other works from the Duo repertoire, Prof. André de Groote (former Prof. at the Brussels Conservatory – guest teacher on the piano faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington) in a variety of Sonatas and Piano Trios (with cellist, Justus Grimm), Cédric Tiberghien (1st Prize winner of Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition) in various Piano Trios (with cellist, Marie Hallynck), Dalia Ouziel, and numerous performances and recordings with pianist, Luc Devos.



CD Recordings:

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Released in December 2005:

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Set of 4CDs. With Uriel Tsachor, Piano (Steinway Artist):
“Les Sonates Dédiées à Eugène Ysaÿe”. 8 Sonatas dedicated to Eugène Ysaÿe by Gustav Samazeuilh (1877 – 1967); Sonata in B minor (World Premier Recording), Guy Ropartz (1864 – 1955); Sonata N° 1 in D minor, César Franck (1822 – 1890); Sonata in A Major, Albéric Magnard (1865 – 1914), Sonata in G Major, Op. 13, Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937), Sonata in G minor, Op. 23, Sylvio Lazzari (1857 – 1944), Sonata in E Major, Op. 24, Guillaume Lekeu (1870 – 1894), Sonata in G Major, Joseph Jongen (1873 – 1953), Sonata N° 1 in D Major, Op. 27.
Recorded in Studio 1, Flagey, Brussels, Belgium.
Label: Musique en Wallonie (MEW 0528 – 0531).
Awarded: 5 diapasons from the French review, Diapason


Reissued in 2005: Set of 2 CDs. The Complete (5) Sonatas by Johannes Brahms. Label: Calliope, France (CAL 9283.4):
Awarded:
5 diapasons from the French review, Diapason.
4 Stars from the French review Le Monde de la musique.


Released in December 1999:

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Set of 2 CDs. Label: Calliope, France (CAL 9283.4): With Uriel Tsachor, Piano (Steinway Artist):
The Complete (5) Sonatas by Johannes Brahms including the 3 Violin Sonatas, Scherzo FAE, and the Two Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120 - transcribed by Brahms for violin (Simrock Edition).
Recorded at the Tibor Varga Foundation Studio in Sion, Switzerland

Awarded:
5 diapasons from the French review, Diapason.

(Reissued in 2005):

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Released in 1995 (Reissued 2009 by REGIS RECORDS, Ltd., UK. (RRC1310):

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(5 Stars out of 5 from
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With Veronika Dudarova, Conductor, and The Symphony Orchestra of Russia: 3 Russian Violin Concertos by Nikolai Rakov (1908 – 1990), Violin Concerto N° 1 (1944), Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904 – 1987), Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 48 (1948) and Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin (1904 – 1963), Violin Concerto, Op. 21 (1940).
Recorded at the Melodiya Studio in Moscow, Russia.
Label: Olympia, London (OCD 573).


Released in 1993:

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With Uriel Tsachor, Piano (Steinway Artist):
Max Reger (1873 - 1916), Sonata N° 9 in C minor, Op. 139 (1914), (World Premier Recording) & Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949), Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 18 (1887).
Recorded at l’Arsenal, La Grande Salle, in Metz, France.
Label: Olympia, London (OCD 357).


Released in 1992:

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With Uriel Tsachor, Piano (Steinway Artist):
Clara and Robert Schumann: Complete Original Works for Violin and Piano. Clara Schumann (1819 – 1896), Three Romances, Op. 22, Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856), Sonata N° 1 in A minor, Op. 105, Sonata N° 2 in D minor, Op. 121, Sonata N° 3 in A minor.
Recorded in Studio 4, Grand Salle, Flagey, Brussels, Belgium.
Label: Olympia, London (OCD 356).


Released in 1991:

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With Luc Devos, Piano:
Sergei Prokofiev and Leoš Janáček: The Complete Sonatas.
Prokofiev (1891 – 1953), Sonata in D Major, Op. 94a, Sonata N° 1 in F minor, Op. 80, Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928) Sonata.
Recorded in Studio 4, Grand Salle, Flagey, Brussels, Belgium.
Label: Olympia, London (OCD 355)


Released in 1990:

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With Luc Devos, Piano: Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Duos for Violin and Piano. Sonata in A Major, D. 574, Rondo in B minor, D. 895 & Fantasie in C Major, D. 934.
Recorded in Studio 4, Grand Salle, Flagey, Brussels.
Label: Talent (DOM 291028)



Violin Teaching/Masterclasses:

September 21, 2015 Violin Masterclass at Mozart Festival, Waterloo, Belgium

September 7, 2015: Member of the Jury for Violin Evaluations (Masters Degree, M2) at the Mons Royal Conservatory, Belgium.

June 10 & 12, 2015: Member of the Jury for Violin Evaluations (Bachelor 3 & Masters Degree, M2) at the Mons Royal Conservatory, Belgium.

December 4 & 5, 2015: Guest Violin Teacher at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

November 21 - 29, 2011: Violin Masterclasses at University of Iowa, Iowa City.

June 7, 2011: Member of the Jury for Chamber Music exams (Masters Degree) at the Liège Royal Conservatory, Belgium.

June 8/9, 2011: Member of the Jury for Violin exams (Masters Degree) at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, Belgium.

May 2010 invited to sit on the Jury for chamber music at the Liège Royal Conservatory, Belgium.

November 6/7, 2008: Violin Masterclasses at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
November 13, 2008: Violin Masterclasses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Since 2002 frequently assisted as Member of the Jury for violin exams (Bachelors & Masters degree) at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music & Liège Royal Conservatory of Music.


Extensive experience working with students at various levels of development from beginners to advanced, professional players.



Concerts previewed:

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Recent Concerts:

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Earlier Concert Programs:

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Music Festivals:

18 September - 1 October 2015: Mozart Festival (Waterloo, Glabais, Brussels, Belgium)
18 - 26 September 2014: Mozart Festival (Waterloo, Glabais, Brussels, Belgium)
September 2011: Mozart Festival (Waterloo, Glabais, Brussels, Belgium)
May 22 - June 4, 2012: The Alba Music Festival: Performances of chamber music by Franz Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1/3, Ernst Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet in C minor, Op. 1.
As Soloist with orchestra (June 2): Ralph Vaughan Williams: "The Lark Ascending". Larry Vote, conductor, Romanian State Philharmonic.
2005: Festival de l’été Mosan, Belgium. Performances of Ernst Chausson: Poème & Concerto for Violin, Piano and Sting Quartet in D Major, Op. 21.
2002: Festival Beloeil, Belgium. Diverse Chamber music performances.
1992 – 1997 (August, September): Ravello Festival, Ravello, Italy. Inaugural concerts given for the opening of the Festival in 1992, with Uriel Tsachor, piano. Diverse Chamber music performances.
1979: Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado.
1978: Congress of Strings. Concertmaster of orchestra. Chamber Music performances.
1975, 1976 & 1977: Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro North Carolina. Orchestral/Concertmaster/ Chamber Music experience.





International Press Reviews including:

Diapason – France, Jean-Michel Molkhou (August 2006)
Klingende Kulturgeschichte – Germany, Dr. Stefan Drees, (August.2006)
Classica-Répertoire – France, Xavier Rey, (July - August 2006)
Le Monde de la musique – France (July - August 2006)
Diapason – France, Jean-Michel Molkhou (March, 2000)
Classica – – France, Xavier Rey, (February 2000)
Crescendo – Belgium O.E., (February 2000)
Amazon.com, Brian M Dempsey - Michigan, U.S.A. (November 1999)
Répertoire – France, Jacques Bonnaure (December 1999)
Diapason – France, Jean-Michel Molkhou (March 1996)
CD Classica - Italy (November 1994)
La Cité - Belgium (January 1994)
American Record Guide - U.S.A. (July - August 1993)
Le Vif – Express – Belgium, Didier Chatelle (December 1993)
Diapason – France, J.-M. M. (September 1992)
Gramophone – U.K., D.J.F. (March 1992)
Le Soir, F.L., Belgium (February 1991)


Radio Interviews:

May 30, 2006: Invited by RTBF, with Anne Mattheeuws and Michel Debrocq (emission 93 - in French, broadcast on the Internet). Program: “Table d’Ecoute”; interview and comparisons/critiques of various interpretations (incognito - version A,B,C,D…). Comparison of Franz Schubert - Fantasie in C Major, D. 934, for violin and piano.
May 12, 2006: Interview (in French) broadcast by RTBF with Anne de Jaeger.
December 8, 2005: Interview (English) together with Uriel Tsachor at the RTBF, broadcast by KLARA (Flemish Classical Music Station).
December 6, 2005: Interview (in French) broadcast by Radio Judaica, discussion about “Les Sonates Dédiées à Eugène Ysaÿe”, etc.
November 25, 2005: Interview (in French) broadcast by RTBF with Michel Debrocq.


Published Academic Research:

1992: Clara and Robert Schumann: Complete Original Works for Violin and Piano. Liner notes for the CD project. Published by Olympia CDs, London.

1991: Sergei Prokofiev and Leoš Janáček: The Sonatas for Violin and Piano. Liner notes for the CD project. Published by Olympia CDs, London.