Gwendolyn Masin

Violinist

Challenge Life's Definitions
Gwendolyn Masin is one of today‘s significant concert violinists. She is regarded as “a formidable talent that demands attention” (The Irish Times), “appearing to merge with her instrument and in so doing, enchanting her audience” (Thuner Tagblatt). She is celebrated for “setting first-rate standards in concert performance with her technically superior, refined, intensive and richly contrasting expression” (Der Bund).

Masin is descendant of a lineage of classically-trained musicians and remembers playing violin as naturally as having a conversation when she was a child. Her family, imbued with musical insight, helped her to avoid “the pitfalls of child prodigy status” (Figaro.hu). Her formative years were shaped by musical instruction, world travel, performing for audiences in reputable concert halls, and collecting accolades internationally – all by the age of five. At eleven she gained national exposure in Ireland after appearing on The Late Late Show. She has been a regular guest on TV and radio shows and has performed throughout Europe, Russia, South Africa, the Middle East, and North America.

“The pursuit of a distinctive voice is driven by timelessness”
Masin holds degrees with highest honors from the Royal Schools of Music in London, England; the Hochschule der Künste in Berne, Switzerland; and the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany. Her teachers include Herman Krebbers, Igor Ozim, Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Masin began to actively cultivate her own style of violin-playing and identity as an artistic tour de force while carrying out formal studies. She states, “I have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the most acute musical minds of our time. My physical style of playing, as well as my approach to interpretation, draws on this–mixed with my own discoveries.” Masin truly is a master of all things music. Not only is she an esteemed soloist and chamber musician, Masin also writes, transcribes music, and advises composers.

“It's not the genre, it's the music that interests me”
She has performed extensively on three continents to critical acclaim and has toured as a soloist with various orchestras. Notable partnerships include that with the Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Bernese Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert, and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, MÁV and Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, State Symphony Orchestra of Belarus, Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra (Moscow), Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes (México), and youth orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and Portugal’s Concerto Moderno with whom she has recorded the Bach Violin Concertos. Furthermore, Masin concertizes with revered soloists in conjunction with chamber music projects. A few of these musicians are: violinists Philippe Graffin, Jan Talich and Maxim Vengerov; violists Guy Ben-Ziony, Gérard Caussé and Lilli Maijala; cellists Gavriel Lipkind, Julian Steckel and István Várdai; pianists Kit Armstrong, Aleksandar Madzar and György Sebök; and wind instrumentalists Kaspar Zehnder and Reto Bieri. Her piano partners are Julia Bartha, Simon Bucher, Urs Peter Schneider, and Bálint Zsoldos. Festival appearances include the West Cork Chamber Music Festival (Ireland), Prussia Cove (UK), and Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Schiermonnikoog (the Netherlands).

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