Johnny Gandelsman, violin

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Johnny Gandelsman

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 MaBonoOsvaldo GolijovDavid ByrneBela FleckKayhan KalhorSuzanne VegaJames LevineMark Morris, Alim Qasimov and Fargana QasimovaNigel 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, Johnny 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, Johnny has premiered dozens of works written for Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble. In 2012-2013, he premiered works by Lev “Ljova” ZhurbinDmitri Yanov-YanovskyVijay IyerBela FleckDaniel CordsRubin KodheliDana LynGabriel KahaneColin JacobsenShara WordenJohn ZornChristina CourtinEthan IversonPadma NewsomeGregory SaunierEvan ZiporynBill Frisell and Nik Bartsch, as well as a violin concerto by Gonzalo Grau, commissioned for Johnny by Community Music Works.

Johnny 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. Johnny lives in Brooklyn with his partner Amber and their kids: Julius Ivry and Raiya Leone.