Elisabeth's violin studies/rare pedigree began with her Juilliard father-teacher, Ralph Matesky, famed American born String Educator at USC & former ASTA National President, at aged 3, which would eventually propel his daughter into the world renowned Jascha Heifetz 1st Int'l 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, titled Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Class USC - Khachaturian, JH-7, Elisabeth Matesky(Russian version best quality, Library of Master Performers) On USC graduation & Bachelor of Music w/Special Degree in Violin Performance w/ Heifetz, 2 Fulbright Scholarships took her to London's Royal College of Music, firstly focusing on Spanish Violin repertoire w/Antonio Brosa, & while at RCM, an invitation from French Pianist, Mme Nadia Boulanger, to young Elisabeth Matesky, to partner her on the violin playing portions of Stravinsky's 'Duo Concertante' for Violin et Piano, Live, in RCM's Great Hall, for a co Paris/CBS (US) Film Documentary, (tho' unavailable presently, it's being re-mastered on musical aspects of Mme Boulanger's fabled performing & teaching of her 'student' composer's, Samuel Barber, Menotti & Aaron Copland ~ ) The film, airing in America & France in the mid 1960's, came on the heels of Elisabeth Matesky's London orchestral soloist debut in the Brahms Violin Concerto with Sir Adrian Boult, conducting. Matesky's Brahms w/Boult debut created such an effect she was invited to represent America in the First Sibelius Int'l Violin Competition in Helsinki, FI. Upon winning a Special Award for Best Solo Bach & invitation to perform the 'Adagio di molto' of Sibelius' Violin Concerto for the Sibelius Family in attendance, including all Five Daughters of Jean Sibelius at the Finnish Government's Inaugural Concert and Ceremony with Finland's Minister of Culture inaugurating the Hameenlinna birth-house of the Master, 'Sibelius' National Memorial Museum' on December 8, 1965, (the Centenery Birthday of Jean Sibelius was televised, Live, in Finland & all over Continental Europe), including a high personal honour of receiving homegrown flowers from then-ailing Madam Jean Sibelius' garden from all Five daughters as 'our Mother's thank you present, Ms. Matesky, for playing the slow movement of our father's Violin Concerto for his 100th Birthday!', which gave birth to Elisabeth Matesky's artistry becoming widely known throughout Finland, all Scandinavia, continental Europe and the United Kingdom.
Following the 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 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 & in Hong Kong, flourishing in America, in both recital & as a much sought Violin soloist w/ orchestra's of Baltimore, Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Los Angeles Westside Orch., Rockford Symphony, Cedar Rapids, St. Louis Symphony & tours as a soloist w/London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Radio Wales Philharmonic, BBC Symphony in Manchester, Norwich Orch., English Chamber Orchestra, & her Debut recording in Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Violin Concerto in a with the Bamberger Symphoniker & Hermann Michael, Associate Conductor to Karajan, for Sudwestdeutsche Rundfunk, which led to more recital's in London's Wigmore Hall, South Bank's Purcell Room, St. John Smith's Square, the Harrogate Festival (BBC Live Recital), Leicester (BBC London TV, Live), Soloist w/ the Hong Kong Philharmonic in Sibelius' Violin Concerto & recital in Hong Kong's Recital Hall, + annual recital tours of the U.S., w/ invite's to tour Italy, Russia, Israel, Brazil, Poland, Eire and Rumania, a series of EM recordings, 'Elisabeth Matesky Plays', on CD & DVD, though limited are available by special request c/o U.S. Artist Rep, firstname.lastname@example.org. An also available 'by special request' DVD of Ms. Matesky's 2009 ASTA National Conference premiered Public Address entitled:
*"Elisabeth Matesky on Nathan Milstein: Icon of the Violin, the Master Artist Teacher, Person and Friend I Knew", can now be purchased by contacting email@example.com w/ the Subject Line ~ Att: 'Matesky on Milstein ASTA 2009 Formal Public Address' *)
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), and 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 assisting to Nathan Milstein pupil's requiring extra help w/NM ideas/ bowing techniques for Milstein's Zurich Violin Master Courses during 3 Summer's, ('70/'71& '72) all of which forged 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 in 'Milsteinianna' and 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, kindly visit: www.linkedin.com/in/elisabeth-matesky-174b0949/ to view her profiled musical career & life ~ *Please, if reading LinkedIn's online Profile, note Ms. Matesky's briefly 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 for her home base in Chicago whilst still maintaining strong US-UK 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, (& following her resident Artist Lecturer in Violin post at Chicago's College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University) including continued collaborative guest teaching Artist Teacher of Violin residencies at Trinity College of Music/London, & the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, FI, all of which began in the early 1970's at Syracuse University, culminating in a privately founded/owned Elisabeth Matesky advanced studio of violin, chamber music, orchestral repertoire styles & bowing studies ~
Elisabeth Matesky pupils, 'Grandpupil's' of Heifetz & Nathan Milstein, now occupy high posts in major Asian & American + European Orchestra's including the Hong Kong Philharmonic; the Milwaukee Symphony; Grant Park Festival Symphony Orchestra, Chicago; the London BBC Radio Symphony Orchestra with many private pupil's teaching & concertising as violin soloist's in Taiwan, the U.S., Barcelona in Spain; and her one 'weird' pupil touring as a 'Rock' Violinist internationally + Albert Wang, Ph D pupil, honoured Violinist under Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis' Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. Matesky is proud of online pupil's with 'day job's' including a Harvard Grad in Law student in service of a NYC District Court Judge, & Sydney (Australia) pupil now a fully fledged pre-Attorney at Law practising in New York City's Manhattan District. EM 'day job' pupil's who continue playing in string ensembles include Sarah Haddad, Attorney at Law & Foundress of the New South Wales Barristers' Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, & recently in March, 2019, joined the New York Lawyers Orchestra Society, now residing & practising Law in the Manhattan district of New York City ~
*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 then-Dulles Int'l airport routes to Charles de Gaulle Int'l airport 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. Hearing 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", 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'; Elisabeth Matesky's view on Tennis parallels in Violin Playing is at ~ www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/07/rafael-nadal-pulls-no-punches.www.profile.theguardian.com/user/id/1395780=page1 (LondonSeventyOne, published post, July 2018 ~ ) *Never yet
mentioned is a small portion on the 'God's Fiddler' sound track in the recent film on Jascha Heifetz, which contains clipped film footage of Elisabeth Matesky conversing w/ Heifetz at a music stand shot during her Jascha Heifetz Violin Master Class filmed lesson, Khachaturian, JH-7, Elisabeth Matesky (Russian version) online @https://youtu.be/M54U-P-Vs9g featuring Ms. Matesky playing a part of the Khachaturian Violin Con. 1st mov't, w/ JH Violin Master Class Pianist, Brooks Smith, accompanying her.(To date, no screen credit is granted to Elisabeth Matesky, for her own playing of the Khachaturian portion on 'God's Fiddler' ~ )
*Existing Honour 1996-2019, on List of Patrons,'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, Mrs Peggy Taylor, Lionel Bentley Hon RAM & Trevor Williams FRAM. Past Patrons: Sir Adrian Boult CH, Max Jaffa OBE, Sir Anthony Lewis CBE, Sir John Pritchard CBE & Sir William Walton OM. (The Trust, a registered Charity, was founded by William Ebsworth Hill & Sons, and Margot Macgibbon ARAM ) **most recently deceased
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 2019/20 ~ (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.facebook.com/ Elisabeth Anne Matesky &/or contacting Ms. Matesky, at Concert Artist Representative, EAM Mgmtfirstname.lastname@example.org &/or Dale Golden at email@example.com. The tba Violin Grand Master Classes will focus on EM's teaching ideas fusing highlights of many technical-musical secrets of famed Violin Mentor's, Jascha Heifetz & Nathan Milstein, in the latter part of 2019 & '20 (when international celebrations during The Jascha Heifetz extended Centenery Plus Year's of his fabled New York City Carnegie Hall Violin Recital debut on October 27,1917, slow down ~ )
**"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!**
*New Update, April, 2019 ~ In process talk has begun & is afoot for an 'Elisabeth Matesky Intimate Series of by Invitation Only Violin & Chamber Music Master Classes + a Q & A re her Iconic Mentor's, Heifetz & Nathan Milstein', with Guest Artist Teaching Appearances in Europe for the Season 2019/20 ~ (TBA)
Courtesy, EAM Associates Artist Management, April, 2019.