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Friend's International Violin Academy - Online Masterclass with Rodney Friend

Wednesday August 5, 2020 at 13:00
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Wednesday August 5, 2020
Online, London
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Students from Friend's International Violin Academy perform in a masterclass setting for FIVA Artistic Director and globally renowned concertmaster Rodney Friend followed by presentation of the FIVA Award - a gold mounted, buffalo horn violin bow by Howard Green (observer tickets available)

Acclaimed internationally as one of the most distinguished British violinists of his generation, Rodney Friend has appeared worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, director and pedagogue.

During the last sixty years, he has performed internationally as a soloist with major orchestras under conductors including Haitink, Barbirolli, Mehta, Leinsdorf, Solti, Giulini, Davis and Boult, as well as collaborating with composers Stravinsky, Britten, Walton, Bliss, Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Boulez, Hindemith, Tippett, Lutoslawski, Henze, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Berio and Penderecki.

In 1991 he formed the Solomon Trio with whom he toured Europe extensively, playing at such venues as La Scala Milan and recording much of the great trio literature for Carlton Records. It is however as a Concertmaster where his experience and reputation is legendary. In 1964 he became the youngest ever leader of the London Philharmonic, working closely with Bernard Haitink, Barenboim, Solti and Giulini. In 1975 he received the unique honour for a British player when he was invited by the New York Philharmonic to be their Concertmaster, playing concerts and recording worldwide with Bernstein and Boulez. It is with these two orchestras that he recorded almost the entire orchestral repertoire.

On his return to London he became concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Roszdestvensky and a professor of violin at the Royal College of Music and later joined the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music as a professor of violin. Since 1990 he has worked solely in the areas of teaching, solo and chamber music. During this time, he has travelled extensively to give masterclasses and appear as a jury member for the international violin competitions.

The recipient of many awards, Rodney Friend has also received an MBE from her Majesty the Queen for services to music.

He plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dated 1696.

In 2006 the first two volumes of his books, ‘The Orchestral Violinist’ were published by Boosey and Hawkes and received universal acclaim as being the most important works so far produced for this discipline. 2020 saw the successful launch of his book, ‘The Violin in 5ths’ by Beare’s Publishing.


Our FIVA Masterclass series will be presented by an incredible line up of Internationally renowned violinists including: Pinchas Zukerman, Rodney Friend, Augustin Hadelich, Cihat Askin, Cho-Liang Lin, Joel Smirnoff and Yuzuko Horigome. Friend's International Violin Academy / Masterclass Series (30th July-5th August 2020)

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