Emil Altschuler, violin
Acclaimed violinist Emil Altschuler is a master of his instrument who performs with incredible technique, magnificent expression and a profound artistry across a wideranging repertoire. 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 and the Binghamton University Chamber Orchestra.
Emil maintains an active career as a soloist and performs regularly with pianist Thomas Pandolfi reviving the old-style virtuoso program that made Paganini, Kriesler and Heifetz so famous including concerti, showpieces, transcriptions and sonatas. He feels most modern programming is too academic, involving many lengthy sonatas and not enough variety showing off the brilliance, versatility and popularity of the instrument.
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.
Emil Altschuler is also extensively involved in music education, having 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 Community Music Instructor at Tufts University, regularly collaborating on the Tufts Composers and Faculty concerts; he is also Violin Coach for the Tufts Youth Philharmonic. His most recent teaching engagement is as Instructor at Northeastern University.
Mr. Altschuler released his debut album “Emil Altschuler – Violin,” 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.’ Emil also recorded “Diablo y Tango” with guitar, which included works by de Falla and Piazzolla, and which was selected by renowned author and violin pedagogue Janice Tucker Rhoda for ‘The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner’ Books 1 and 3, published by Carl Fischer Music.
Emil 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, performed with stunning virtuosity. This recording has been featured on NPR, HJCK in Bogotá, Colombia and broadcast on MDR KLASSIK in Halle, Germany. His next recording project is a Gershwin album of transcriptions by Jascha Heifetz with pianist Thomas Pandolfi.
He also maintains an active private studio in Boston, MA and teaches via Skype and video tutorials. For more information visit www.emilaltschuler.com.