Her violin studies/rare pedigree began with her Juilliard father-teacher, Ralph Matesky, famed American String Educator at USC & late ASTA National President, at aged 3, which would eventually propel Elisabeth into Jascha Heifetz's 1st Violin Master Class at USC (including being filmed in the 'Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Classes', now on YouTube - in her own performance/lesson with Jascha Heifetz, in 'Jascha Heifetz's Violin Master Classes, USC - Khachaturian, JH-7, Elisabeth Matesky' (*Russian version best quality, Library of Congress Master Performers.) Upon graduation from USC, 2 Fulbright Scholarships took her to London's Royal College of Music for 2 years, firstly focusing on Spanish Violin repertoire w/Antonio Brosa, & at RCM, the honour from Mme Nadia Boulanger of inviting Elisabeth Matesky to partner her on violin to play two movements of Stravinsky's 'Duo Concertante' for Violin/Piano, Live, in RCM's Great Hall, for a co Paris/CBS (US) TV Film Documentary, unavailable at this writing yet being re-readied on musical aspects of Mme's renowned performing & teaching of her 'student' composer's, Samuel Barber & Aaron Copland, to list a few ~ The film (airing in both America & France in the later '60's) 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 Brahms w/Boult debut created such effect she was invited to represent her country in the First Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki,FI. Upon winning the Special Award for Best Solo Bach & invite to perform the 'Adagio di molto' of Sibelius' Violin Concerto for the Sibelius Family, including all Five Daughters of Sibelius at the official Finnish Government Inaugural Concert-Ceremony w/Finland's Minister of Culture proclaiming the Master's birth-house in Hameenlinna, 'Sibelius' National Memorial Museum' on December 8, '65, the Centenery of Jean Sibelius,(televised, Live, in Finland & throughout Continental Europe), plus a high personal honour of receiving homegrown flowers from then -ailing Madam Sibelius' garden from all Five daughters as 'our Mother's present to you, Ms. Matesky, for playing the second movement of our father's Violin Concerto for this, 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 and listed on the Violin Roster of Wilfrid Van Wyck Concert Artist Management, Ltd., in London, w/Ruggiero Ricci, H. Szeryng & Nathan Milstein. Ms. Matesky's international concert/recording career began as a BBC Radio Recording/Television Artist, expanding into concert tours to all major European musical capital cities - London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Wien, Berlin, Valencia, Hamburg, Geneva, Zurich, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, & continuing in America, in both recital & as a soloist w/ orchestra's of Baltimore, Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Los Angeles Westside Orch., Rockford, Cedar Rapids, the St. Louis Symphony & tours as soloist w/ London's Royal Philharmonic Orch., Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC RadioWales Philharmonic, BBC Symphony in Manchester, Norwich Orch., English Chamber Orchestra, & Debut recording in Shostakovich's 1st Violin Concerto in a w/ the Bamberger Symphoniker/Hermann Michael, Associate Conductor to Karajan for Sudwestdeutsche Rundfunk, which led to more recital's in London's Wigmore Hall, the South Bank's Purcell Room, St. John Smith's Square, The Harrogate Festival (BBC Live Recital), Leicester (BBC London TV, Live), Hong Kong Philharmonic soloist in Sibelius' Violin Concerto & recital in Hong Kong's City Recital Hall, + annual recital tours of the U.S., and invite's to Italy, Russia, Israel, Brazil, Poland, Romania & Dublin, Eire. A series of EM recordings, 'Elisabeth Matesky Plays', on CD/DVD, are in limited supply but available upon special request.
Ms. Matesky credits her 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 reference of Heifetz), & arranged for Elisabeth to play the Chaconne of Bach for Milstein at his home in London - who upon hearing her play Bach, invited Ms. Matesky to study with him as his 1st private artist-pupil, as the ultimate 'baptism' of her violinistic musical approach & artistry. This Master mentor - Artist-pupil relationship would last over 3 & 1/2 years, including Elisabeth's p.t. help-teach assistantship for Milstein's Zurich Violin Master Courses during 2 Summer's, all of which created lifetime friendship's with Nathan Milstein, his wife, Therese, their daughter & other cherished members of 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 private artist pupil. Those 'other world' 3 & 1/2 years in Milstein's environment & rarified world of sound, color, unique musical discernment and extraordinary bowing were a dream, which I term my 'Blue Period' of truly enriched musical growth - a huge bouquet of technical awareness, including my completely NM enlightened changed bowing, while re-visiting vast amounts of great Violin Concerti, concert pieces & Bach's Unaccompanied Sonatas & Partitas for the 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', & also welcomed as a member of his family. Mr. Milstein deserves all the credit for lifting my playing & musical awareness to infinitely greater heights never imagined ~ "
For a comprehensive Profile on multi-faceted aspects of her musical career including a partial discography, filmed musical performances + her 2009 ASTA address on Nathan Milstein, please visit: www.linkedin.com/Elisabeth Matesky to view her profiled musical career & life ~ *Please, if reading LinkedIn's online Profile, note Ms. Matesky's short but enriched tenure in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti, Music Director/Conductor, who left beloved London for her home base in Chicago whilst still maintaining strong ties, both as a performing concert artist w/guest residencies as Artist Teacher of Violin & Chamber Music in London, while Chair of the String Programme & Artist Teacher of Violin at the original 100+ year old American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, (& later Artist Lecturer in Violin at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, including continuing collaborative guest teaching Artist Teacher of Violin residencies in London, & at Helsinki's Sibelius Academy of Music in Finland), beginning in the 1970's at Syracuse University to May 2018, at her private 'elisabeth matesky studio for advanced violin, chamber music, orchestral repertoire & bowing studies' ~
*Elisabeth Matesky was honoured-invited by President Jimmy Carter to perform a Solo Violin Recital at The White House for the State Dinner, honouring his visiting guest, French Premier Raymond Barre, including both U.S. - French Cabinet's upon their signing of the U.S. - French Agreement re the Concorde routes to & from New York's JFK Int'l airport & Washington, D.C.'s then-Dulles Int'l airport routes to then-Charles de Gaulle Int'l airport in Paris. Her performance of Mozart's V/P Sonata, K. 301 w/Viennese pianist, H. Wurman, & Ysaye's Solo Violin Sonata in d #3,'Ballade', inspired a typed w/handwritten letter from President Carter to her exclaiming,'The Mozart was just beautiful & Prime Minister Barre's father was a personal friend of Ysaye. Upon your performance of the Ysaye, we were all thrilled! Jimmy" ~ September 16, 1977
*Recent Honour/s: in print 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 E. Matesky's Treatise on Sibelius' Violin Concerto 'Mt. Everest' challenge named/ featured in the March 2016 Strad issue, pg. 10, as "Letter to the Editor of the Month". An ongoing Honour exists since 1996, being named to the List of Patrons for 'The Sascha Lasserson Memorial Trust' with Lady Walton, Sir Ron Dearing CB, Gennady Rozdetsvensky, Lord Menuhin OM; Sir David Lumsden MA, Ph.D; Nona Liddell MBE; Lady Lewis, & Carl Pini Hon. RCM. Past Patrons were Sir Adrian Boult CH,
Sir John Pritchard CBE, Sir William Walton OM, Sir Anthony Lewis CBE, & British Jazz Great, Max Jaffa OBE. (The Trust is a registered London Charity.)
Teaching & also performing + making 7 TV EM (1999-2002) performance films + 'EM Violin Master Classes/Chicago Style'; 'EM in London at Trinity College of Music' & Master Teaching Lesson + recital at the Sibelius Academy of Music /Helsinki, FI, future Int'l artist teaching project's include "Elisabeth Matesky Master Classes: A Violinists 'Love In' in London", tba, for later 2018/19 ~ (Enquiries from those interested in submitting Vita's to perform and/or audit will be reviewed with interest by visiting Ms. Matesky's LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/ Elisabeth Matesky &/or contacting Ms. Matesky, via listed Artist Rep, Dale Golden of firstname.lastname@example.org. The tba Violin Grand Master Classes will focus on EM's teaching with fused highlights of many technical-musical ideas of both her famed Violin Mentor's, Jascha Heifetz & Nathan Milstein, in 2017/18 + 2019 international celebrations during The Jascha Heifetz Centenery Plus Year of his fabled New York City Carnegie Hall Violin Recital debut on October 27,1917 ~
("Elisabeth Matesky's Violinists 'Love In' in London"' Event is for both young to more mature aged violinists inclusive with expectations of performance skills altho' not solely 'star' talents with audience members of great interest & love of many facets of violin playing - music making welcomed to also hear a few of Elisabeth Matesky's favoured stories on Heifetz & Milstein!)
Courtesy of D. Golden Concert Artist Management, May 2018.