Hometown: New York, NY
Web site: http://www.gilmorgenstern.com
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Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance as soloist with orchestra, in recital or as a chamber musician, violinist Gil Morgenstern has performed all over the world to overwhelming critical praise. The New York Times hails his most recent appearance as “a perfect demonstration of supreme ability;" “a remarkable violinist” writes The Washington Post; “a rare poet of the violin” from The South China Morning Post.
Performing in public since he was five years old, Mr. Morgenstern has gone on to appear all across the globe, playing in such musical centers as New York, London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin and Hong Kong. He has toured extensively in the United States, performing in recital and with many leading orchestras including the St. Louis, Baltimore, Louisville, Indianapolis, Denver, Milwaukee, New Jersey and North Carolina Symphonies. Mr. Morgenstern has shared the stage with such eminent musicians as Philippe Entremont, Lynn Harrell, André-Michel Schub, Jeffrey Kahane, Sharon Isbin, and Heinz Holliger, and has collaborated with United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. He has been the subject of numerous television and radio shows both at home and abroad and his performances can be regularly heard on National Public Radio broadcasts. His discography includes the duos of Ravel, Kodály and Roger Sessions, chamber works of Gabriel Fauré, Ludwig van Beethoven and Aaron Copland, and the newly released CD of music by George Tsontakis, Piano Quartet Trilogy. Mr. Morgenstern records for the Koch International Classics, Delos and MMC labels.
In addition to his performance activities, Mr. Morgenstern is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Nine Circles Chamber Theatre, a creative organization dedicated to exploring the collaborative nature of inter-disciplinary performance and expanding the performance traditions of music, theatre, art and dance. He is also the artistic director of ”Reflections,” a new international performance series with concerts in New York City, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, with additional performances anticipated in Washington, DC and Italy next season. Mr. Morgenstern is the violinist and artistic director of the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, a diverse chamber group specializing in Classical, Romantic and contemporary works of mixed instrumentation, and he just recently stepped down after 15 years as the artistic director of An Appalachian Summer Festival, located in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. During his tenure, the festival grew into one of the leading regional performing and visual arts festivals in the United States and became recognized as an important venue for commissioning and presenting original works.
Mr. Morgenstern’s many prizes and honors include a command performance at the White House, Gold Medals in The Washington International and National Society of Arts and Letters Competitions, a Rockefeller Foundation grant, and the Jaycees of America's “Outstanding Young American" award.
Highlights of Mr. Morgenstern's recent seasons include appearances as soloist, in chamber music concerts, and in inter-disciplinary performance in the United States, Europe and Australia. He premiered works of music and dance at Lincoln Center, his music-theatre projects with New York's prestigious Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y included the premiere of “Samuel Beckett at 100” and a staged version of U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s translation of Dante’s Inferno which toured the country and was broadcast on PBS and NPR, for which it received a Peabody nomination. Mr. Morgenstern’s performance in the Nine Circles Chamber Theatre production of “When Samson Met Delilah” toured Holland to rave reviews and his recent recital in Toronto was broadcast throughout Canada on CBC. Next season’s highlights, in addition to the Reflections series, will include fully staged performances of the Beckett evening at Harvard University, a new staged version of The Epic of Gilgamesh for actors and solo violin at New York City’s Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd St. Y, and performances in Germany and Italy.