Philippe Graffin

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Violinist Philippe Graffin has established an indisputable reputation for his interpretations of the French repertoire, natural perhaps for one of the few pupils of Josef Gingold, himself a pupil of Ysaÿe for whom most of the violin repertoire of this era was written.

Philippe made his first recording with Yehudi Menuhin conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his many highly acclaimed recordings since then bear witness to a questing mind and include many world premieres. He has rediscovered original settings of Chausson's Poème and Ravel's Tzigane and has championed the forgotten violin concertos of Faurá and the English composer Coleridge-Taylor which he has recorded and performed at the BBC Proms.

As concerto soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as The Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken the Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova et del Veneto, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Georges Enescu Philharmonic.

Graffin performs works of many living composers such as Dutilleux and Saariaho and has had works written for him by Rodion Shchedrin, Vytautas Barkaukas, David Matthews, Philippe Hersant and Yves Prin.

Philippe is a highly sought after chamber musician and is founder and artistic director of the "Consonances" chamber music festival of St Nazaire, France now in its 23rd year. Philippe has also written a short children's story for violin and narrator, La Fée Cachée (The Hidden Fairy), illustrated with musical excerpts by Mozart, Paganini, Kreisler and Ravel.

Concerto engagements in the 2013/2014 include a performance of John Corigliano's 'Red Violin' at Salle Pleyel, Paris with the Orchestre Colonne, concerts in Padua, Novara, Lendinara and Mantua with the Orchestra di Padova et del Veneto, performances of the Britten Concerto in Rome and with The Philharmonia Orchestra and a performance of the concerto of Finnish composer Tauno Marttinen with the Turku Philharmonic. In France Philippe has chamber music concerts at the Théâtre de la Ville and Salle Adyar in Paris as well as concerts for the prestigious Concerts du Poche series with Gary Hoffman and Gerard Caussé. He will also give recitals and chamber concerts at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London; at the Centro Cultural de BĂ©lem in Lisbon, and he returns to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Philippe's recordings include three contributions to Hyperion's Romantic Violin series - the three Saint-Saëns concertos, world-premiere recordings of concertos by Cliffe and d'Erlanger and, pending release, the works of Joseph Jongen newly recorded with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Martyn Brabbins. For Avie Records recordings include the world premiere recording of the Coleridge-Taylor violin concerto and the Elgar Violin concerto in the original manuscript version. Philippe has also recorded the concertos of David Matthews for Dutton Records and Philippe Gaubert's Violin Concerto for Timpani Records. New releases include a further world premiere recording, the violin concerto of Finnish composer Tauno Marttinen recently recorded with the Turku Philharmonic, and the first recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the cadenza by Ysaÿe on a CD which also includes Prokofiev's Five Melodies orchestrated by Rodion Shchedrin and Shchedrin's Concerto Parlando, written for Philippe. Both these latest CDS are on the Dutch label, Cobra.

He plays a Domenico Busano violin, made in Venice, 1730. He is guest professor at the Royal Conservatorium Brussels and at the Hague Conservatory.


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