May 02, 2017

Chicagoan Vadim Gluzman Comes Home

When Chicagoan Vadim Gluzman returns to the Festival to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, he will be playing on the Stradivarius once owned by the great violinist Leopold Auer, to whom Tchaikovsky originally dedicated the concerto.

The legendary instrument is on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. Gluzman will join Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra on the Festival’s opening night, June 14.

“I’m looking forward to coming home to Chicago,” said Gluzman who last appeared here in 2008. “The Grant Park Orchestra is known for its excellent quality and Carlos is a brilliant musician and a wonderful collaborator.”

It’s been a busy time for Gluzman. He comes to Chicago on the heels of a demanding touring season, both abroad and in the U.S. His new CD Brahms: Violin Concerto and Sonata No. 1, with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra led by conductor James Gaffigan, will be released this month on the BIS label.

Festival Impresario members will have a chance to hear Gluzman and his wife and recital partner, pianist Angela Yoffe at an exclusive donor event on May 23. On May 30 at 11 AM, the duo will perform a live Impromptu on 98.7WFMT Radio.

One week later, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival, the three day festival that Gluzman and Yoffe founded, opens. Now in its seventh year, this season’s programming features the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra from Columbus, Ohio, the Escher String Quartet, clarinetist Ilya Shterenberg, and pianist Adam Neiman, along with Gluzman and Yoffe, with performances in the Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook, IL.

For those not lucky enough to snag a seat at the intimate church, Gluzman makes his long awaited return to the Pritzker Pavilion on June 14. We can't wait!