Geoffrey Michaels
violin | Australia, °1944
 
VIOLIN 1971 : Ninth Prize
Geoffrey Michaels, a graduate of the Curtis Institute, was born in Western Australia and began playing the violin at the age of five. At fourteen, he became the youngest performer ever to win the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s concerto competition, and he toured Australia as a recitalist and soloist with the major orchestras. In 1961, he was admitted to Curtis where he studied with Efrem Zimbalist and Oscar Shumsky and, while still a student, he accepted the Curtis String Quartet's invitation to become a member - a position he held until 1969. Currently, he is part of the Liebesfreud Quartet.

Geoffrey Michaels has been a prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the Concours Jacques Thibaud. He has won critical acclaim for solo appearances throughout Europe, North America and in his native Australia. Recent U.S. performances include Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, and the Kennedy Center and have featured solo works by Berg, Kurt Weill, Arvo Part and Alfred Schnittke. His performance of Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso, a U.S. premiere, was broadcast there and in the former Soviet Union.

An experienced teacher of violin, viola and chamber music, Geoffrey Michaels has maintained lengthy affiliations with the New School of Music (now part of Temple University), Princeton University, and Swarthmore College. He has also served as professor at Florida State University and at the University of British Columbia. He continues to perform extensively in North America and overseas, with recent tours in Australia, Spain, and the U.K.
Audio
Program
Final (19/05/1971)
Jean Louël Concerto n. 2
Karol Szymanowski Nocturne et Tarentelle op. 28
Antonín Dvořák Concerto in A minor op. 53
Geoffrey Michaels, violin
Grand Orchestre Symphonique de la RTB-Groot Symfonisch Orkest van de BRT, dir. René Defossez
Jenny Stukkens, pianist accompanist
Relive the performances of Piano 2021
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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