Elisabeth Matesky
Status: Member
Member Since: June 15, 2016
Last Visit:November 21, 2017

Elisabeth Matesky

American born internationally recognised performing-recording-film-television Violinist/Artist Teacher of Violin, Chamber Music & Orchestral Repertoire Bowing Expert ~ a Carrier of the Heifetz - Milstein Legacy of Violin Playing, is also a musical writer - speaker, often published in ASTA's AST Journal, the Strad Magazine, including guest publications in NYtimes.com, the guardian.com, Pulse, and Illinois' State ASTA 'Scroll'. Her violinistic pedigree began with her father, her principle teacher, Ralph Matesky, (acclaimed American String Educator and former ASTA National President), at age 3, which eventually propelled Elisabeth into Jascha Heifetz's 1st Violin Master Class at USC (which included being filmed in the 'Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Classes', now on YouTube - in her own half hour performance/ lesson with Jascha Heifetz, titled, Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Classes, USC, 'Khachaturian 1st mov't., JH-7, Elisabeth Matesky') *Russian version best quality. Upon graduation from USC, a Fulbright Scholarship took her to London's Royal College of Music for 2 years, one of which focused on Spain's Violin repertoire w/ Antonio Brosa, & while still at RCM, an honour from Madame Nadia Boulanger, who invited Elisabeth Matesky to partner her on the violin performing Stravinsky's Duo Concertante for Violin/Piano, Live in RCM's Great Hall, for a co Paris/CBS (USA) TV documentary film on aspects of Madam's renowned performing/teaching of famed composer's,Samuel Barber, Gian Carlo Menotti & Aaron Copland, to list a few ~ The film (airing in both America & France) was on the heels of Elisabeth Matesky's London orchestral soloist debut in the Brahms Violin Concerto with Sir Adrian Boult, conducting. Ms. Matesky's performance of the Brahms w/Boult created such effect she was invited to represent her country (USA) in the First Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki. Upon winning the Special Award for Best Solo Bach w/ an invite to perform the 'Adagio di molto' of Sibelius' Violin Concerto for Sibelius' Family including all Five Daughters of Sibelius for the official Finnish Government Inaugural Concert/ Ceremony proclaiming the Master's birth -house, in Hameenlinna, the 'Sibelius National Memorial Museum' on December 8, 1965, the Centenery of Jean Sibelius, (televised, Live, in Finland & Continental Europe), plus a great honour of being presented homegrown flowers from the ailing Madam Sibelius' garden by all Five daughters as 'our Mother's present to you, Ms. Matesky, for playing the slow movement of our father's Violin Concerto for his 100th Birthday!'), Elisabeth Matesky's name became widely known throughout Scandinavia, all continental Europe and the UK.

Following all above Events plus concert tours of Scandinavia in Sibelius' Violin Concerto, Elisabeth Matesky was signed to & listed on the Violin Roster of Wilfrid Van Wyck Concert Artist Management, Ltd., in London, w/ Ricci, Henryk Szeryng & Nathan Milstein. Meeting Nathan Milstein through his great colleague & former Leopold Auer St. Petersburg famed class-mate, London's greatest violin 'Guru', Sascha Lasserson, (with whom she'd studied via counsel from Heifetz), he arranged for Elisabeth to play the Chaconne of Bach for Nathan Milstein at his Chester Square home in London. Upon hearing her play Bach, Milstein invited Elisabeth Matesky to study with him as his 1st private artist pupil. This Master mentor - Artist pupil relationship would last over 3 & 1/2 years, including Elisabeth's part time teaching assistantship for Milstein's Zurich Violin Master Classes in Summer's, all of which evolved into lifetime friendship's with Nathan Milstein and the Milstein Family ~

Upon her private artist pupil tutorial's with Nathan Milstein, Ms. Matesky is quoted as saying, "my life was completely changed from most gifted to unimaginable best's once Milstein invited me to be his 1st artist pupil. Those 'other world' three and one half years in Milstein's environment & rarified world of sound, colour, unique musical discernment and extraordinary bowing was a dream, which I term my 'Blue Period' of truly enriched musical growth - a banquet of technical awareness, including my completely NM enlightened changed bowing, while also re-visiting vast amounts of great Violin Concerti, concert pieces and Bach's Unaccompanied Sonatas & Partitas for Violin. Mr. Milstein always referred to me as his 'guinea pig', because as he used to say, 'you play well enough that I can experiment!' It was the prime privilege of my life to be 'Milsteinized', and also welcomed as a member of his family."

For a comprehensive Profile on multi-faceted aspects of her musical career including a partial discography, filmed musical performances + her only public address on Nathan Milstein, please visit: www.linkedin.com/Elisabeth Matesky to view her profiled musical career and life ~

*Recent Honour: published EM article, "Mountains of Energy", on endurance required to perform Sibelius' Violin Concerto in reference to Leonidas Kavakos' comments: the Strad January 2016 issue (Cover Story) on his experiencing exhaustion prior to the 3rd movement, "Allegro ma non tanto", with a portion of Ms. Matesky's Treatise on the Sibelius Violin Concerto 'Mt. Everest' challenge named/ featured in the March 2016 Strad issue (pg.10) as "Letter to the Editor of the Month" ~

Future int'l artist teaching project's include 'Elisabeth Matesky Master Classes: A Violinists 'Love In' in London", tba for later 2017/2018 (Enquiries from those interested in submitting their resume's to perform and/or audit will be reviewed with interest by visiting Ms. Matesky's LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/ Elisabeth Matesky and contacting Ms. Matesky, via her listed email address, elisabethmatesky@gmail.com. These Violin Grand Master Classes will focus on EM's teaching, whilst emphasizing technical/ musical teachings of both her famed Violin Mentor's, Jascha Heifetz & Nathan Milstein, during upcoming international celebrations in the Jascha Heifetz Centenery Year of his famed New York City Carnegie Hall Violin Recital debut in October,1917 ~ (Elisabeth Matesky's "Violinists 'Love In' in London"' Event is for both young to more mature aged violinists inclusive w/expectations of performance skills altho' all not solely 'star' talents with audience members of intent interest & love of the many aspects of violin playing/ music making w/ some 'in house' stories of EM on both Heifetz and Milstein!) (c)Copyright by Elisabeth Matesky, July 20, 2017. All rights reserved.