Elisabeth's 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 his daughter, 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 USC graduation & the Bachelor of Music w/ a 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, & 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, tho' unavailable at this writing yet being re-mastered on musical aspects of Mme's renowned performing & teaching of 'student' composer's, Samuel Barber & Aaron Copland, listing 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, on the podium. Matesky's Brahms w/Boult debut created such an 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 & an 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 artistry became widely known throughout Scandinavia, all continental Europe and the UK.
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, the 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 City Recital Hall, + annual recital tours of the U.S., w/ invite's to tour Italy, Russia, Israel, Brazil, Poland, Rumania & Dublin, Eire. A series of EM recordings, 'Elisabeth Matesky Plays', on CD & DVD, although limited are available upon request c/o Artist Rep, email@example.com ~
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 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 banquet 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, 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, (& later resident Artist Lecturer in Violin at Chicago's College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, including continued collaborative guest teaching Artist Teacher of Violin residencies in London, & Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, FI), beginning in the 1970's at Syracuse University to July 2018, in private elisabeth matesky's advanced studio of 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 & 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 from US President Carter to her exclaiming,'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 has a passion for Tennis parallels in Violin Playing - See her www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/07/rafael
nadal-pulls-no-punches; www.profile.theguardian.com/user/id/1395780=page 1 by 'LondonSeventyOne' published post, July 2018 ~
*Existing Honour 1996-2018, 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 )
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!)
*New Update, September, 2018 ~ In process talk has begun & is afoot for an 'Elisabeth Matesky in *Amsterdam Full Series of Violin & Chamber Music Master Classes in 2019 Guest Artist Teaching Appearance' ~ (Stay Tuned!)
Courtesy of D. Golden Artist Management, September 2018.