Robert Davidovici

Jeewon Park
October 10, 2018
Markus Groh
October 13, 2018
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Robert Davidovici

In concerto, recital and chamber music performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia, violinist ROBERT DAVIDOVICI is acclaimed on five continents as a virtuoso who combines spectacular technique, wide-ranging repertoire and magnificent artistry with an exciting, compelling stage presence. The Boston Globe has said that “he is a terrific violinist. His technique is of the ‘wow’ variety, his tone as huge as he cares to make it.” The Montreal La Presse said that “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 sonorities that not even a Milstein has.”

In October 2013, Robert Davidovici performed in London the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under Grzegorz Nowak, after which he recorded his 2nd CD with the RPO, under G. Nowak, containing the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Concerti.

The reviews for the 1st CD with the RPO , under G.Nowak, released in the autumn of 2013, comment on “ the fantastic performance of the Kletzki Violin Concerto and Robert Davidovici’s full-blooded tone being just what the work deserves. The opening of the Szymanowski Violin Concerto No.2 sounds as hazy and languid as it’s ever been, and the concerto’s deliriously upbeat final bars really hit home. Davidovici and Nowak close the disc with an unusually entertaining, neo-romantic take on Lutoslawski’s late ‘Partita’. The quieter moments swoon and the busting ‘Presto’ coda provides an emphatic close to a well-planned release. Brilliant sound.“ - “ 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.

Robert Davidovici returns to London in February 2015 to perform the Tschaikovsky and Brahms Violin Concerti with the RPO under G. Nowak. In February 2007 Robert Davidovici was soloist at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in the American premiere of the Kletzki Violin Concerto (1928) with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein, following which the New York Times commented on the “excellent “ performance.
Robert Davidovici is the recipient of several distinguished First Prize honors, among them, the Naumburg Competition and the Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition.

Born in Transylvania, Rumania, Robert Davidovici began his studies with a student of David Oistrakh. He went on to study with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, where, upon graduating, he became a teaching assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet.
He has collaborated in concert with such esteemed artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern , Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Cho Liang-Lin and Emanuel Ax, among others. Carnegie Hall has featured Robert Davidovici as part of their “American Music Masters” series and he was the subject of a television special on WGBH Boston.

The New York Times, in describing Robert Davidovici’s performance on the Bach’s Solo Sonata No. 1 said that “…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.” In describing his performance of the Bernstein “Serenade”, The New York Times stated that “it would have been hard to imagine a sweeter performance.” And the Sydney Morning Herald commented that “Robert Davidovici lingered lovingly over the poetic passages of the Tschaikovsky Concerto, and ignited the fiery ones with passion.”

In addition to his solo engagements, Robert Davidovici is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Florida International University in Miami. He is guest professor at leading music schools around the world, most recently at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Universities of Washington, British Columbia and the Australian National University.
His multifaceted career has included being Concertmaster of such orchestras as the Osaka Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, The Residentie Orchestra (The Hague), Cincinnati Symphony as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival, Chautauqua and Colorado Music Festival Orchestras.

Fanfare Magazine commented on his first CD that “Davidovici handles the five compositional styles with confidence. His tone is ripe, his intonation dead on, and he plays with aplomb. This is an impressive disc debut”. He has recorded as violin soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra for Cala Records. His CD “Mélodie-The Art of Robert Davidovici” was selected as one of the top 30 CD releases in Japan in 1995. Robert Davidovici may also be heard on New World Records, Centaur, Clavier and Meistermusic. His CD recording of transcriptions of “Chopin-Nocturnes”, was released in May 2004 in Japan by JVC Victor.