Her violin studies/ rare pedigree began with her father-teacher, Ralph Matesky, acclaimed American String Educator/former ASTA National President, at age 3, which eventually propelled 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 performance/ lesson with Jascha Heifetz, titled, 'Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Classes, USC - Khachaturian, JH-7, Elisabeth Matesky' (*Russian version best quality, Library of Congress Performers.) Upon graduation from USC, 2 Fulbright Scholarships took her to London's Royal College of Music for 2 years, firstly focused on Spain's Violin repertoire w/Antonio Brosa, & still at RCM, an honour from Madame Nadia Boulanger, who invited Elisabeth Matesky to partner her on violin performing 2 movements of Stravinsky's 'Duo Concertante' for Violin/Piano, Live in RCM's Great Hall, for a co Paris/CBS (USA) TV documentary film, not available at this writing yet in process, on musical aspects of Madam's renowned performing & teaching of famed 'student' composer's, Samuel Barber & Aaron Copland, to list a few ~ The film (airing in both America & France in the latter '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 performance of the Brahms w/Boult created such effect she was invited to represent her country 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 the Sibelius Family, including all Five Daughters of Sibelius for the official Finnish Government Inaugural Concert Ceremony w/ Finland's Minister of Culture proclaiming the Master's birth-house in Hameenlinna, the 'Sibelius National Memorial Museum' on December 8, '65, the Centenery of Jean Sibelius, (televised, Live, in Finland & throughout Continental Europe), plus personal honour of receiving homegrown flowers from the ailing Madam Sibelius' garden from 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/ Ruggiero Ricci, H. Szeryng & Nathan Milstein. Her 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, Spain's Valencia, Hamburg, Geneva, Zurich, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, & continuing in America, in both recital & soloist w/ orchestra's of Baltimore, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Los Angeles Westside Orch., Rockford, Cedar Rapids, St. Louis, & tours as soloist w/ London's Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC RadioWales Philharmonic, BBC Symphony in Manchester, Norwich Orch., English Chamber Orchestra, & recording 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 (several), the South Bank Purcell Room, St. John Smith's Square, Harrogate Festival (BBC Live Recital), Leicester Hall (BBC London TV, Live), the Hong Kong Philharmonic soloist in Sibelius' Violin Concerto & recital in Hong Kong's City Recital Hall.
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. 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 during 2 Summer's, all of which evolved into lifetime friendship's with Nathan Milstein, his wife,Therese, their daughter and other 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 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 were 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. Mr. Milstein deserves all
credit for lifting my playing/musical awareness to its greatest heights."
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 and life ~ *please note Ms. Matesky's
tenure in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by invitation of Sir
Georg Solti, Music Director/Conductor, leaving London for her home base in Chicago whilst 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 to February 2018, at her private 'Elisabeth Matesky Studio for Advanced Violin, Chamber Music, Orchestral Rep & 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 into Paris' then-Charles de Gaulle Int'l airport. Her performance of Mozart's Sonata, K. 301 w/Viennese pianist, H. Wurman, & Ysaye's Solo Violin Sonata #3,'Ballade', inspired a typed-handwritten letter from President Carter to her exclaiming,'The Mozart was beautiful & Prime Minister Barre's father was a personal friend of Ysaye. Upon your performance of the Ysaye, we were utterly thrilled! Jimmy" ~ September 16, 1977
*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 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" ~
Seguing back toTeaching while also performing & making 7 TV performance films; EM Master Classes in Chicago & in London at Trinity College of Music, + Master Teaching Lesson & recital at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, future Int'l artist teaching project's include "Elisabeth Matesky Master Classes: A Violinists 'Love In' in London", tba for later 2018 ~(Enquiries from those interested in submitting resume'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 her listed Artist Rep, Dale Golden on firstname.lastname@example.org. The tba Violin Grand Master Classes will focus on EM's teaching, while also emphasizing many technical/ musical teachings of both her famed Violin Mentor's, Jascha Heifetz & Nathan Milstein, in the 2017- 2018 international celebrations during Jascha Heifetz's 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' not all solely 'star' talents with audience members of great nterest & love of many aspects of violin playing/ music making welcome w/ some EM stories on Heifetz & Milstein!)
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