Acclaimed violinist, Emil Altschuler, is a master of his instrument who performs with incredible technique, magnificent expression and a profound artistry across a wide-ranging repertoire. The Boston Globe writes “top notch” of Altschuler’s performance. The Strad praises “Passion and portamento from a young American violinist”, and The Whole Note writes “There’s a decidedly old-style feel to…very reminiscent of Heifetz.” Erick Friedman, master violinist and protégé of the legendary Jascha Heifetz, wrote “…a truly outstanding violinist of his generation…and sound and accuracy of intonation that are truly extraordinary.”
He received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka, and his Masters of Music from The Yale School of Music, studying under Erick Friedman.
His brilliant technique and vigorous performances received energetic ovations in venues such as Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Helen Von Ammon’s Emerging Artist Series, The Aspen Music Festival, and Italy’s Castello di Galeazza. As a featured soloist, he has appeared with the Aspen Young Artist’s Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, Binghamton University Chamber Orchestra, the Parkway Concert Orchestra and the Harvard Summer School Orchestra. This season, he will perform ‘Tzigane’ by Ravel with the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra
Mr. Altschuler maintains an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and performs in recitals with pianists Thomas Pandolfi and Alice Xu, reviving the old-style virtuoso program that helped popularize Paganini, Kreisler and Heifetz including concerti, showpieces, transcriptions and sonatas. His programs are varied and entertaining showing the brilliance, versatility and popularity of the instrument. He also champions contemporary music by Karel Husa, Martin Boykan and has collaborated on the Tufts Composers and Faculty concerts. This season, he is selected to perform a Mental Health Awareness Concert on the Tufts Performance Faculty Recital Series featuring music by Prof. Eberhard Klemmstein’s (director of the Music Institute, Erlangen) ‘Violin Sonata No.3’ and Prof. John McDonald’s response to it called ‘Old-School Material’.
He has also collaborated with Belgian guitarist and string faculty at New England Conservatory, Jérôme Mouffe, in the AM Duo interpreting Spanish, Tango, and contemporary works alongside classical masterpieces.
Extensively involved in music education, he has served as Head of Strings for the Festival Youth Orchestra and as chamber music coach at the School of Continuing Education and Preparatory School. He is also an instructor at Community Music at Tufts University as well as violin coach for the Tufts Youth Philharmonic. His most recent teaching engagement was as an instructor at Northeastern University. Last summer, he joined the artist faculty at InterHarmony in Bavaria, where he performed the Beethoven Concerto with pianist, Dr. Chenny Gan. Next summer, he plans to launch an international summer festival based on the Jascha Heifetz legacy, in Italy.
One of his students became the youngest violinist ever accepted into the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Benjamin Zander and was invited to appear on NPR’s From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley. Others have been accepted into Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and have won concertmaster and principal 2nd positions at the Tufts Youth Philharmonic and have been accepted to the Heifetz Symposium.
His debut album “Emil Altschuler – Violin”, was arranged with his brother Josiah Altschuler, with a gypsy jazz style guitar accompaniment. He is also a featured artist on Josiah Altschuler’s debut album ‘Murder Ballads and Love Songs for Cello and Voice.’ Mr.Altschuler also recorded “Diablo y Tango” with guitar, which included works by de Falla and Piazzolla, and he was selected by renowned author and violin pedagogue Janice Tucker Rhoda to record ‘The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner’ Books 1 and 3, published by Carl Fischer Music.
Mr. Altschuler’s latest live recording with Thomas Pandolfi was featured on NPR from the Honest Brook Music Festival. He also recently recorded a contemporary unaccompanied Partita by Christopher Marinuzzi and an album with pianist Keunyoung Sun, including Falla, Ravel, Albeniz, Poulenc, Bartok featuring brilliant works for violin & piano. This recording has been featured on NPR, HJCK in Bogotá, Colombia and broadcast on MDR KLASSIK in Halle, Germany.
He also maintains an active private studio in Boston, MA and teaches online via FaceTime, and at www.playwithapro.com. For more information, visit www.emilaltschuler.com.