Elisabeth's violin studies/rare pedigree began with her Juilliard father-teacher Grad, Ralph Matesky, (acclaimed NYC violinist/ music composer to RKO & Paramount Motion Picture Studios, USC String Educator & former ASTA National President), at aged 3, & later pianistic fused Music Theory studies under her loving mother - pianist (Alternate Pianist w/Leonard Stein, for Arnold Schoenberg's most advanced UCLA classes in Theory; Form & Analysis + Orchestral Structure & Composition & first choice Toscha Seidel pianist) from age 10, which eventually propelled their daughter into world renowned Jascha Heifetz's First Violin Master Class at USC's Institute for Special Music Studies which included her film in the 'Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Class', on YouTube, in her performance/lesson with Mr. Heifetz's, Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Class - Khachaturian, JH-7, Elisabeth Matesky, *Russian version, from the Library of Master Performers, & upon graduation from USC w/a Bachelor of Music Special Degree in Violin Performance w/Heifetz, won the 2 full yr Fulbright Scholarship to London's Royal College of Music, with Spanish repertoire from Spain's Antonio Brosa, & whilst at RCM received the rare invitation from fabled French Pianist, Mme Nadia Boulanger, to young Elisabeth Matesky, to partner her on violin in Igor Stravinsky's 'Duo Concertante' for Violin et Piano, Live, in the RCM Great Hall for a co Paris/CBS TV Film Documentary on musical aspects of Mme Boulanger's fabled performing/teaching of her 'student' composer's, Gian Carlo Menotti, Samuel Barber & Aaron Copland, filmed live at RCM. This TV film, airing in France & America in the mid '60's, premiered on the heels of Elisabeth Matesky's London soloist w/orchestra debut in the Brahms Violin Concerto w/Sir Adrian Boult, on the podium. The Matesky Brahms w/Boult debut had such critical & public acclaim, Elisabeth Matesky was invited to represent the U. S. in 1965's 1st Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, FI. Upon winning the Sibelius 1965 International Violin Competition 'Special Award for Best Solo Bach' & invitation to perform the 'Adagio di molto' of Sibelius' Violin Concerto for the Family of Sibelius, including all Five Sibelius Daughters of The Master, for The Finnish Government Inaugural Concert/Ceremony w/the Finnish Minister of Culture proclaiming the Hameenlinna birth-house of Master Composer, Jean Sibelius, the 'Sibelius National Memorial Museum' on his actual *December 8th 1965 Centenery Birthday (televised live in Finland, Scandinavia & across Continental Europe), & rare personal honour of receiving homegrown flowers from then ailing Madam Jean Sibelius' garden from her 5 daughters 'as our Mother's Thank you present, Ms. Matesky, for playing the slow mov't of father's Violin Concerto for his 100th Birthday!', all gave birth to Elisabeth Matesky's artistry then becoming widely known all over Finland, Scandinavia, Continental Europe & the United Kingdom.
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./London, w/Ruggiero Ricci, Henryk Szeryng & Nathan Milstein. Matesky's international concert/ recording career began as a BBC Radio/Television Recording Artist then expanded into concert recital tours to major European musical capital cities - London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Wien, Berlin, Valencia, Hamburg, Geneva, Zurich, Amsterdam & on to *Hong Kong, flourishing in America, in both recital & a much coveted Violin soloist w/orchestra's of Baltimore, Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Los Angeles Westside Orch., Rockford Symphony, St. Louis Little Symphony, Poland's Paderewski Philharmonie, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, & her final conductor - soloist musical collaboration w/father, R. Matesky's Logan Utah State Orch., in Beethoven's Violin Concerto, premiering her own E. Matesky 3rd Mov't Cadenza, + more international concert tours as violin soloist w/London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Radio Wales Philharmonic, BBC Radio Symphony in Manchester, Norwich Orch., UK, English Chamber Orchestra, + EM's German Debut recording of Dimitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto #1 in a minor w/the Bamberger Symphoniker/ Hermann Michael, Associate Conductor to HvK's Berlin Phil for German Sudwestdeutsche Rundfunk, attracting return violin recital's in London's Wigmore Hall, London's South Bank Purcell Room, St. John Smith's Square, the Harrogate Festival (BBC Live Radio Recital), in Leicester (BBC London TV), & the honoured Violinist for the London BBC's 'Beethoven at 200' Radio 3 London broadcast of Beethoven's Sonata for Piano & Violin No. 8 in G Major live performance with her London Pianist, Peter Croser. Soloist w/Hong Kong Philharmonic/Hans Gunter Mommer, Conductor, in Sibelius' Violin Concerto & in recital at the Hong Kong City Hall, + EM annual recital tours of the U.S., with invitations to tour Italy, Russia, Israel, Brazil,*Poland revisit, Eire, Switzerland & *Rumania, followed w/a series of EM Live broadcast concert recordings, 'Elisabeth Matesky Plays', on CD & DVD. Although limited, CD/DVD's are available w/a $ by special request fee c/o US Artist Rep, Dale Golden, firstname.lastname@example.org. (An available 'by special request DVD' of Ms. Matesky's 2009 ASTA National Conference Address,**"Elisabeth Matesky on Nathan Milstein: Icon of the Violin, Artist Teacher, Person & the Friend I Knew", can now be obtained by contacting EM Rep, Dale Golden, via his Email ~ email@example.com and Subject Line ~ "Attention: 'E. Matesky on Milstein ASTA 2009 National Conference Formal Public Address'). Some EM CD, DVD, VHS, cassette + reel to reel recordings are in early process of transfer remastering for online readiness by mid to late 2020, initially, with other's in the offing, tbd & tba.)
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 advice of Heifetz), who arranged for Elisabeth to play the Chaconne of Bach for Milstein at his home in London - (& upon hearing her play Bach, invited Ms. Matesky to study with him as his 1st private artist-pupil), the ultimate 'baptism' of her violinistic musical approach/sound & artistry. Their Master-mentor ~ Artist-pupil relationship would last over 3 & 1/2 years,*including Elisabeth's p.t. Help -Teach assistant-ship to Nathan Milstein pupil's needing extra tips on Mr. Milstein's ideas/& bowing techniques for Milstein's Zurich Violin Master Courses during 3 Summer's, ('70, '71 & '72) all of which forged lifetime friendships w/Nathan Milstein, his pianist- wife, Therese, & daughter plus other members of the Milstein Family ~
Upon her private artist-pupil tutorial's with Nathan Milstein, Ms. Matesky is quoted saying,"my life was incredibly 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 rarified world of sound-color plus 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 altered bowing, while re-visiting vast amounts of great Violin Concerti, concert pieces & Bach's Unaccompanied Sonatas & Partitas for the Violin. Mr. Milstein jokingly referred to me as his 'guinea pig', because as he used to say, 'you play well enough so I can experiment on a pupil of Heifetz!' It was the prime privilege of my life to be in 'Milsteinianna', welcomed as a member of his family. Mr. Milstein deserves all the credit for lifting my playing w/enriched musical awareness & teaching to infinitely greater heights never imagined ..."
For a comprehensive Profile on multi-faceted aspects of her musical career & partial discography, filmed musical listing of performances + her 2009 ASTA address on Nathan Milstein, go to: www.linkedin.com/in/elisabeth-matesky- to view a 2016 earlier profiled musical/writing career/life ~ *Please, if reading LinkedIn's online Profile, note Ms. Matesky's greatly enriched tenure in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti, Music Director/Conductor, (after her Soloist/ Concertmaster post w/formerly titled Syracuse Symphony of New York, now *Symphoria), who left a beloved London home for her other residence in Chicago, whilst still maintaining very strong US-UK ties, both as a performing concert artist w/guest residencies as Artist Teacher of Violin & Chamber Music in London, while also Chair of the String Dept & Artist Teacher of Violin at the 100+ year old original American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, (followed by her resident Artist Lecturer in Violin position at Chicago's College of the Performing Arts, of Roosevelt University) including continued collaborative guest Artist Teacher of Violin residencies at Trinity College of Music/ London, & the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, FI, all of which took root in 1971 at Syracuse University, NY, resulting in the later privately founded Elisabeth Matesky Advanced Studio of Violin, Chamber Music, Orchestral Concertmaster bowed repertoire & Soloist Bowing Studies in Chicago ~
Elisabeth Matesky pupils/'Grand-pupil's' of Heifetz & Nathan Milstein, now occupy high posts in major Asian, American and European Orchestra's including the Hong Kong Philharmonic; the Milwaukee Symphony; Grant Park Festival Symphony Orchestra, Chicago; London BBC Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many EM private pupil's teaching & concertising as violin soloist's in Taiwan, the U. S., Barcelona in Spain; and a 'weird' pupil touring as an international 'rock' star + Albert Wang, Ph D pupil, an honoured Violinist in Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis' Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. Matesky is proud of private pupil's with 'day job's' including a Harvard Grad in Law pupil in service of a NYC District Court Judge, & an online in Sydney (Australia) pupil - now a newly fledged U.S. Attorney at Law, practising in New York City's Manhattan District. EM 'day job' pupil's who continue as soloists or playing in string ensembles include Sarah Haddad, Attorney at Law/ Foundress of the New South Wales Barristers' Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, AU, who joined the New York Doctor's Orchestra Society in March, 2019, and an Indiana University/Bloomington former Franco Gulli pupil who transferred to Ms. Matesky @ACM + extended private tutoring in advanced bowing, Desiree Grode, now an A+ respected Chicago Estate Law Attorney. International EM students include many taught in London, from all UK, Paris & Brussels + Finnish pupils in advanced bowing in Helsinki, FI ~
*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 & Wash, D.C.'s now Reagan Int'l airport routes to Charles de Gaulle Int'l in Paris. Her performance of Mozart's V/P Sonata, K. 301 in G w/Viennese pianist, H. Wurman, & Ysaye's Solo Violin Sonata #3 in D, 'Ballade', inspired a typed w/handwritten letter to her from the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, writing, 'The Mozart was 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: a printed EM piece, "Mountains of Energy", on endurance required to perform Sibelius' Violin Concerto in reference to comments: (the Strad January 2016 issue Cover Story), on experiencing exhaustion prior to the 3rd movement, "Allegro ma non tanto", w/portion's of E. Matesky's Treatise on Sibelius' Violin Concerto 'Mt. Everest' challenge, featured in London's March 2016 Strad issue, p.10, 'Letter to the Editor of the Month', and Elisabeth Matesky's view on Tennis Paralleled Techniques in Violin Bowing in ~ ** www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/07/rafael-nadal-pulls-no-punches.www.profile.theguardian.com/user/id/1395780=page1 (under 'LondonSeventyOne' published post, July 2018 ~ ) Not until '20 yet mentioned is a small portion on the 'God's Fiddler' sound track in the 2011 film on Jascha Heifetz, which contains clipped film footage of Heifetz conversing w/pupil, Elisabeth Matesky, at a music stand - inserted off her Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Class filmed lesson, Khachaturian, JH-7, Elisabeth Matesky (Russian version online? Not Sure but Try -https://youtu.be/aF7JelPFjnl) which features Ms. Matesky playing the 1st mov't of Khachaturian's Violin Con. for Heifetz w/JH Violin Master Class Pianist Brooks Smith, accompanying her. (To date, screen credit has not yet been given Elisabeth Matesky nor JH Violin Master Class Pianist, Brooks Smith, for their playing of the Khachaturian 1st mov't portion on the audio soundtrack in 'God's Fiddler', which is set to be addressed for screen/audio recognition in 2020 ... )
*Honour 1996-2020, on London List of Patrons of 'The Sascha Lasserson Memorial Trust' -*Lady Walton, Sir Ron Dearing CB - **Gennady Rozhdetsvensky; Sir David Lumsden MA, Ph.D; Nona Liddell MBE; Elisabeth Matesky, Lord Menuhin OM; Carl Pini Hon RCM, Bishop John V Taylor, Lionel Bentley Hon RAM -Trevor Williams FRAM. Late Patrons, Sir Adrian Boult CH, Sir Anthony Lewis CBE, Sir John Pritchard CBE & Hon Sir William Walton OM, all admirer's of Sascha Lasserson. (The Trust, a registered Charity, founded by William Ebsworth Hill & Sons, & Margot Macgibbon ARAM, is prized ~)**= more recently morte.
Teaching, also performing and making 8 TV EM (1999-2013) performance films + 'EM Violin Master Classes/Chicago Style'; 'EM in London at Trinity College of Music' & a 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 2020. (*Inquiries of those interested ^*w/performing vita's/DVD's to play/audit & reviewed by Elisabeth Matesky, https://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.anne.775?fref=nf (or by contacting E. Matesky c/o Secretariat, Guarneri Int'l Mgmt, US via firstname.lastname@example.org) &/or Dale Golden (D.G.), email: email@example.com. EM Violin Grand Master Classes, tba, will focus on Matesky teaching ideas fused with highlights of rare technical-musical ideas from Violin Mentor's, Jascha Heifetz & Nathan Milstein, for 'London later '20', which continues global celebrations throughout The Jascha Heifetz Plus extended Centenery 2017/'18 Year of his fabled New York City Carnegie Hall Violin Recital debut of *October 27,1917, in late Oct., 2017/'18, w/a 2019 targeted deadline, *Feb.14th, '20 ^submitted application CV + *1 short performing video emailed above w/EM accepting 7 invited pupils by target day, *4/7/20, in order to allow ample emailed mutual exchanges re agreed on repertoire and preparation time.) *1 Piano String Trio + S.Q. might also be accepted ~
The project "Elisabeth Matesky Violinists 'Love In' in London"' Event for both young to more mature aged violinists inclusive, with expectations of performance skills *altho' not solely 'star' talents w/auditing audience members of great interest/love of many facets of violin playing - music making will also be most welcome to hear a few Elisabeth Matesky favoured stories on Heifetz & Nathan Milstein, in a never before featured London venue, (tba.)
*Update, 12/2019 ~ In process talks have begun & are afoot for an 'Elisabeth Matesky Intimate Series of By Invitation Only Violin & Chamber Music, *Q & A re her Iconic Mentor's, Jascha Heifetz & Nathan Milstein', w/an unusual *New approach/slant on those suffering *dementia titled "EM Recall of The Music Technique" (c)10/2019EM, debuting during Elisabeth Matesky Guest Artist Teaching Appearances w/ 'EM Recall Clinics, US', & abroad in mid to late Summer & Fall of 2020 ~ (All Updated Info will be posted here.)
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