Ivry Gitlis is one my top twelve favorite violinists ever. He was born in Haifa, Israel in 1922. He gave his first recital when he was just nine years old, and was heard by the great Bronislav Huberman, who recommended that he go to Paris in order to study at the National Conservatory. There, he won the Premiere Prix at the age of 13, and then went on to study with George Enescu, Jacques Thibaud and Carl Flesch.
Gitlis has always been a difficult violinist to define - he may be regarded as the Glenn Gould of the violin with an unwillingness to conform, he has cultivated a unique style, and a peculiar flaming style. The Berg and Stravinsky concertos won a Grand Prix du Disque, and his Sibelius performance is to my mind, the best and most inspiring ever recorded. Behind him, Neveu and then Jasha heifetz. His bartok violin sonata never has received such volcanic approach. His Mendelssohn impecabbly played and his Tchaikovsky still ranks among the top five vibrant versions of the market.
His authoritaive intonation and unsurpassed flair have become him an obligated referential at the moment to cite the great soloists of this noble instrument.
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