Recording Release Evening of Romantic Pleasure Part 4 August 18 ,2016

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Recording Release – Evening of Romantic Pleasure: Part 3 – May 5, 2016

Evening of Romantic Pleasure – Part 3

1. Romance from Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 – Henryk Wieniawski

3. Krunk - Vardapet Komitas

4. High Pass – Mirioslav Skorik

5.  Nocturne – Aleksandre  Scriabin

6.Tango  Isaac   Albeniz  7. Peter Tchaikowski  Melody

7.Segei Rachmaninov  Vocalise                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               8.Zdenko  Fibich   Poem

9. Maurice Ravel    Pavane

10.Danae Vlasse Nocturne

Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin
Valeriya Morgovskaya, Piano(1-8)

Danaë Xanthe Vlasse, Piano (9-10)

 

Evening of Romantic Pleasure – Part 4      TBA

1. Nocturne in C-sharp minor – Frédéric Chopin

2. Valse Bluette – Riccardo Drigo

3. Méditation from Thaïs - Jules Massenet

4. Souvenir – Franz Drdla

5. Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque – Claude Debussy

6.  Swan from Carnaval of Animals-    Camille Saint- Saens

7. Midnight Bells from The Opera Ball – Richard Heuberger arr. by Fritz Kreisler

8. Libertango – Ástor Piazzolla

Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin

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Recording Release – Modern Metamorphosis: Part 2 – May15, 2015

Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin and Friends

Program

Richard Wernick – Cadenzas and Variations II for Solo Violin
Daniel Capelletti – Cariatides for Violin and Piano
George Rochberg – Caprice and Variations for Solo Violin
Petar Christoskov – Caprice No. 1 for Violins
Ezra Laderman – Sonata for Violin and Piano
John Corigliano – Sonata for Violin and Piano
Sergei Prokofiev – Sonata for Solo Violin
Dmitri Shostakovich – Three Fantastic Dances

 

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Updated Biography and Videos

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Mischa Lefkowitz
“He is a musician of purpose and drive, heart and intellect.” – The Los Angeles Times

Mischa Lefkowitz was born in Riga, Latvia, and began his violin studies at the age of seven. He made his symphony debut at the age of twelve, and at age seventeen he was admitted to Leonid Kogan’s violin class at the Moscow Conservatory. He has also studied with such renowned master performers as Nathan Milstein, Mischa Mischakoff, Roman Totenberg, Henri Temianka, and Jean Fournier of the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria.Lefkowitz was a top prizewinner at the 1983 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition (co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation). He was also the winner of the City of Paris “Music Française” prize from the 1985 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Other awards include First Prize at the Rotary International Competition in California and prizes at the Paganini International Competition, the Bach Festival Young Artists Awards, the All-State contest for violin soloists, and the Concertino-Prague Radio Competition.

The recipient of a solo recitalist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and touring grants from the California Arts Council, Lefkowitz performed around the world with the London Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the California Chamber Symphony, the American Chamber Symphony, the Academica Camerata of Salzburg, and the Victoria Symphony of Canada. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), the Philips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Salle Pleyel (Paris), the Wilshire Ebell Theatre (Los Angeles), the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco), and is a frequent guest artist at many summer festivals, including Meadow Brook, Aspen, and Kneisel Hall. He joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1977 and plays in the First Violin section as well as performing at the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society at Disney Hall. He is the Founder and Music Director of Masterpiece Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra and string ensemble. For 18 years (1988-2006) Lefkowitz was an Artist in Residence at Chapman University. He served as a guest violin professor on the faculty of UC Irvine in 2001, and has also given numerous master classes at many California universities. He continues to teach today, and can count many professional musicians among his former students.

His discography includes world-premiere recordings of Giardini, Michelet Violin Concertos, and the Rózsa Solo Violin Sonata as well as concertos by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, and Bloch on the Ontaris, Laurel, Cambria, Sequence, and Pantheon labels. He released an album of Romantic concertos that include Fauré, Sibelius, and Diciedue violin concertos with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Cambria label), and a Bartók Concerto CD. His 2011 recordings include five CDs of German, French, Italian, Russian, and American music.

His 2012 releases, Romantic Showpieces, Shostakovich works, and Modern Metamorphosis are available in iTunes, along with recent recordings of Bach solo sonatas and Beethoven and Brahms sonatas.

His 2013 CD Recordings include Schumann’s Violin Concerto in a-minor, a 3 disk album entitled “10 Violin Concertos”, and two other CD’s: “Vivacious” and “Solo and Chamber Works: Part 2”.

Sibelius Violin Concerto – First Movement

Bach – Chaccone BWV 1004

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Recording Release – Rochberg Violin Concerto – August 1,2014

Program

George Rochberg - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Mischa Lefkowitz with Conductor Daniel Kingman and the Camellia Symphony

George Rochberg – Caprice Variations for Solo Violin (Versions 1 &2)
Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1beEVQRu9g

This recording is devoted to two major American composers of the 20th century: George Rochberg and Ezra Laderman. It features George Rochberg’s five movement violin concerto together with his solo piece: Caprice Variations on the theme of Paganini. Also included is Ezra Laderman’s early violin sonata. As a bonus selection, I end with Caprice for Violin Solo by Bulgarian composer Petar Hristostokov.

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DVD Release – February 1st, 2015 – Chamber Music Encounters: Part 3

Program

Claude Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartets Nos. 1 & 8

This CD features major quartets of string literature. Included are Claude Debussy’s impressionistic string quartet along with an early work of Russian giant, Dmitri Shostakovich.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo8ZriIsMUg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiR7Z-MeAv4

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DVD Release – December 1st, 2014 – Chamber Music Encounters: Part 2

Program

Franz Joseph Haydn – String Quartet
Robert Schumann – String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Sergei Taneyev – String Trio

 

This recording is devoted to great Romantic quartets by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Also included is Russian composer Sergei Taneyev’s similarly Romantic String Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sOqqj4OBRA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu2CcsMgUPc

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DVD Release – November 1st, 2014 – Hebrew Melodies and Chamber Music Encounters Part 1

Program

Hebrew Melodies – Ernest Bloch / Joseph Achron / Joseph Sulzer, etc.
“Bird” String Quartet – Franz Joseph Haydn
“Prussian” String Quartet – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Dissonnance” String Quartet – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Personnel

Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin
Claire Marie Martin, Violin
Thomas Hall, Viola
Richard Treat, Cello

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5jWxU4h4Cc

This DVD Release features great Classical quartets of Haydn and Mozart. These selected quartets all have titles such as: “Bird”, “Prussian”, and “Dissonnance” which perfectly match their eminent masterwork. Also, this DVD contains selections of Hebrew Melodies CD album works which was released before by Jewish composers. Among them are Ernest Bloch, Joseph Achron, and Joseph Sulzer.

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Recording Release – Age of Sublime – July 15th, 2015

This record is featuring Baroque and period classical works which I have performed frequently throughout the years. Corelli’s “La Folia” Variations is taken here from a live concert I did in Detroit’s Institute of Arts where I played with my sister, Tanya.  There are several Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas movement which I have not recorded before.

Johann Pachelbel – Canon

Archangelo Corelli – “La Folia”
J.S. Bach – Sonata for Solo Violin, BMV 1005: Movement III and IV
J.S. Bach – Sonata for Solo Violin , BMV 1003: Movement I;Sonata for Solo Violin ,BMV  1oo6:Movements  I and II
Christian Gottlieb Scheidler – Sonata for Violin and Guit
J.S. Bach – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G minor, BMV 1056
W.A. Mozart – Divertimento in D Major for Strings, K. 136/125a
Joseph Haydn – Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in G Major, H-VIIa;4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcESWK2Tj9A

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Recording Release – Chamber Music Encounters: Part 3 – April 15th, 2014

Program

Debussy – String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 1
Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8

This CD features major quartets of string literature. Included are Claude Debussy’s impressionistic string quartet along with an early and later work of Russian giant, Dmitri Shostakovich.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo8ZriIsMUg

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Recording Release – French Sonatas and Works: Part 2 – April 1st, 2014

This CD recording is the second part of works by French composers. It features works by Debussy, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, and Faure. The Faure Violin Concerto, recorded earlier, with the Polish National Radio Orchestra, is presented here in a violin and piano arrangement. This is a seldom performed work which has been preserved in one gorgeous movement. Another rarity is Poulenc’s Sonata for Two Violins and Guitar. Debussy is represented here by his last work, his Violin sonata, along with his frequently performed String Quartet. Saint-Saens’ Caprice in a form of a Waltz was originally written as a showpiece for piano. Here you will hear Eugene Ysaye’s transcription for violin and piano, a well-known violinist/composer brings virtuosity and grandeur to the piece.

 

Debussy – Violin Sonata

Debussy – String Quartet

Poulenc – Sonata for Two Violins and Guitar

Saint-Saens – Caprice in the Form of a Waltz

Faure – Violin Concerto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuFUxR-yejc

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Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society – April 1st, 2014 – Disney Hall Performance: Haydn “Lark” Quartet, Op. 64, No. 5

Playing chamber music at Disney Hall in Los Angeles on several occasions is pure joy. Performing one of my favorite Haydn string quartets, the Lark, in this acoustically perfect setting is sheer pleasure for all of the string quartet members.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72ZV3lpzYkk

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Recording Release – Chamber Music Encounters: Part 2 – October 1st, 2014

Program

Robert Schumann – String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Sergei Taneyev – String Trio in D Major
Claude Debussy – String Quartet in G minor Op. 10
Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49
Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sOqqj4OBRA

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Masterpiece Virtuosi Concert – March 2nd, 2014 – Whittier, CA

I am especially happy to return to this venue, the FirstUnitedMethodistChurch, in Whittier. This church offers a splendid setting for chamber music and solo recitals. Haydn’s “Lark” String Quartet is so sunny in character which is full of beautiful tunes and it brings joy to the listening experience. The acoustical qualities are perfect for the Unaccompanied Bach Sonatas in this venue.

 

Haydn – “Lark” String Quartet

Bach – Selected Movements from Sonatas and Suites for Violin & Cello

Botessini – Grand Duo Concertante for Violin & Bass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIIEybOGRZ4

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Recording Release – French Sonatas & Works: Part 1 – March 1st, 2014

Recorded Live. Here you hear one of the most frequently played violin sonatas by Cesar Franck performed live along with a hidden treasure by Franck’s student, Vincent d’Indy. The Vincent d’Indy sonata has similar characteristics of the musical form of his predecessor.

Vincent d’Indy – Sonata for Violin and Piano

Cesar Franck – Sonata for Violin and Piano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fmTt6thyK4

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Recording Release – American Vintage Classics Part 3 – November 1st, 2014

The last disc of this series is devoted to John Corigiliano’s early violin sonata ,Samuel Gardner’s  From the Canebrake. Leon Stein’s Six Preludes and Invocations and Dances are presented here in celebration of the composer’s 100th anniversary.

 

John Corigliano – Sonata for Violin and Piano

Samuel Gardner – From the Canebrake

Leon Stein – Six Preludes for Violin and Piano

Leon Stein – Invocation and Dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRyODbMWQ1M

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Three French Tangos – February 1st, 2014 Recording Release

Time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These tangos will definitely enrich your holiday with great melodies and stylish rhythms of these mysterious dances.

  1. As de copas – M. Feijoo
  2. C’est Bon D’aimer – R. Dehoncin
  3. Le Tango Select – C. Corchia & R. Grolier

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a6PGtHYclo

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American Vintage Classics Part 2 – January 15th, 2014

This second CD of American classics features Ernest Bloch’s Suite for Violin Solo which I perform frequently. This composition is influenced by Bach’s Solo Sonatas. Also included is the rarely played Nuit Exotique. Leon Stein was a good friend of mine and I am pleased to include his violin concerto to commemorate his 100th anniversary.

 

Ernest Bloch – Suite No. 1 for Violin Solo

Ernest Bloch – Baal Shem Suite for Violin and Piano

Ernest Bloch – Nuit Exotique

John Williams – Theme from Schindler’s List

Leon Stein – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee4lipzhLNo

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Recording Release – Chamber Music Encounters: Part 1 – September 1st, 2014

Program

Franz Joseph Haydn – String Quartet in C Major, “The Bird”, Op. 33, No. 3
W.A. Mozart – String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, “Spring”, KV. 387
W.A. Mozart – String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, “Dissonance”, KV. 465

 

Personnel

Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin
Claire-Jeanne Martin, Violin
Thomas Hall, Viola
Richard Treat, Cello

This CD features some great Classical quartets of Haydn and Mozart. These selected quartets all have titles such as: “Bird”, “Prussian”, and “Dissonanance” which perfectly match their distinguished masterworks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72ZV3lpzYkk

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Recording Release – November 10, 2014- Mischa Lefkowitz and Brooks Smith in Recital

Program

Mozart – Violin Sonata, K. 526
Brahms – Violin Sonata No. 3
Capeletti – Cariatudes
Sarasate – Introduction and Tarantella

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neJumAPfdN8

It is a pleasure to present to you my recital with pianist Brooks Smith, Jascha Heifetz’s collobarator and his frequent accompanist in recitals.l This album features Mozart’s late A-Major sonata along with Brahms’ last Violin Sonata in D minor. I also included a work by Daniel Capelleti, “Cariatudes” written for the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition. Also included is a virtuoso showpiece by the Spanish Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella.

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American Vintage Classics Part 1 – January 1st, 2014

I am pleased to launch three disc recordings of American music. In this album, William Grant Still is featured in his major violin masterworks. His music is so colorful, full of jazzy and romantic idioms. Charles Wakefield Cadman’s neglected violin sonata definitely shows his love towards the Romantic style which is apparent throughout the work. Ezra Laderman’s violin sonata is also included in this recording in commemoration of his 90th birthday.

 

William Grant Still – Suite for Violin and Piano

William Grant Still – Pastorella for Violin and Piano

Charles Wakefield Cadman – Sonata in G for Violin and Piano

Ezra Laderman – Sonata for Violin and Piano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRyODbMWQ1M

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DVD Release – Interpretation – November 1st, 2013

This DVD is all about interpretations of familiar violin repertoire. I have played these pieces more than a dozen times and have chosen new approaches and interpretations from previous performances. It is a major advantage to me to get familiarized with these pieces for many years, so my knowledge and insight to these masterpieces grows tremendously. Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano as well as Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing are my favorites in this large selection of the repertoire.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1puGknQd6BU

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Vivaldi “La Cetra” Concerto & Giardini Concerto – October 27, 2013

When: Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 4PM

Where: Tehachapi, CA

 

It is always a pleasure to come to Tehacahapi, CA: a hidden treasure town in Kern County. Its arts community which takes pride in having a symphony orchestra. I performed with them on many occassions concertos by Mozart, works by Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski, Saint-Saens, and Sarasate. This time, I am bringing to the hidden treasure town hidden treasure violin concertos which include: Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Major, RV 345 and Felice Giardini’s concerto. Both concertos are rarely performed to the point that the Tehacahapi symphony library had to make new orchestra parts for the Vivaldi from the score. Luckily, for the Giardini, I have recorded this concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra and own my own orchestra parts for this work. See my video of the Giardini Violin Concerto’s first movement on my website especially if you like tullips.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLUNRTd7yZ4

 

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Masterpiece Virtuosi Concert – October 19, 2013 – Pasadena

Where? – South Pasadena United Methodist Church
When? – Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 3:00PM

 

Program

Vivaldi – La Cetra Concerto, Op. 9, No. 2, RV 345

Rossini – Duo for Cello and Contrabass

Handel/Halvorsen – Passacaglia for Violin and Cello

Gliere – Duo for Violin and Contrabass

Bach – Selected Movements

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIP-89rGs5o

This is our first chamber music concert in this church. It would be interesting to perform there, not knowing the acoustics of the venue. It is especially exciting for me to play duos with cellist Evgeny Tonkha and contrabassist Colleen Ruddy. Gliere’s Duo for Violin and Contrabass will be performed for the first time by these performers. Also, this is the first time I collaborate with Evgeny and Colleen.

 

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DVD Release – Art of Mischa Lefkowitz, October 15, 2013

I am looking forward to this upcoming DVD release which you can buy here. It includes Romantic works from Brahms to Sibelius. Among violin concertos, you will find the lesser known Faure Violin Concerto, a work which has been lost but now the first movement is preserved in its entirety. Among shorter works, Ysaye’s Solo Sonata No. 6 is one of my favorites.

Ysaye Sonata No. 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMzky_tpTrU

 

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