Johnny Gandelsman, violin
(Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, ...))
Presenting the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin more information...
Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in 1995.Through his work with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, Osvaldo Golijov, David Byrne, Bela Fleck, Kayhan Kalhor, Suzanne Vega, James Levine, Mark Morris, Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, Nigel Kennedy and Martin Hayes, Gandelsman has been able to integrate a wide range of creative sensibilities into his own point of view. Combining his classical training with a desire to reach beyond the boundaries of the concert hall, and a voracious interest in the music of our times, he developed a unique style amongst today's violinists, one that according to the Boston Globe, possesses "a balletic lightness of touch and a sense of whimsy and imagination." A passionate advocate for new music, Gandelsman has premiered dozens of works written for Brooklyn RiderString Quartet and Silk Road Ensemble, both of which he is a member. He was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. His father Yuri is a professor of viola at Michigan State University, his mother Janna is a pianist, and his sister Natasha is a violinist as well. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner Amber and their children.