lesser known virtuosos
This is a you tube performance by Stefan Buga of a rendition of Waxman's Carmen Fantasy that is really spectacular.
Are there other lesser known violinists that the rest of you know of?
I am fond of this recording of the Viotti No. 22 by Lola Bobesco.
There were many great violinists in the 20th century that did not achieve fame for numerous reasons: Miron Polyakin, Louis Kaufman, Oscar Shumsky, Benno Rabinoff, Steven Staryk, David Nadien, etc. I can go on and on. And there are some wonderful elite violinists out there today who aren’t household names, but ought to be, like Antal Zalai, Kirill Troussev, Guy Braunstein, and Paul Huang.
My dear Dr. Berg, I'll bet you know more of them than most anyone who visits this site, and I'd wager that this is a pedagogical strategy to get us to explore more in this direction!
As reputedly said on a TV show, "who 'we', Kemo Sabe?"
Stephen. I like Shumsky - Working on the Rode Caprices, his recording of them is invaluable.
Hard to say what exactly it means to be "lesser known".
Seconding Alexander's nomination of Paul Huang. Brace yourself:
Just for starters, check out a list of Paganini Competition winners, for example:
Andrew makes a good point. All these competitions maintain web pages where they list all their winners back to the days of Thibaud. And sometimes Wikipedia does it for them. You will see so many violinists that you've never heard of. But, if you had endless time and plenty of stamina in your wrists and forearms, you could Google them one-by-one and probably find that many of them had landed in various orchestras while others opted for "alternative" careers (in medicine and such).
I found Roman Kim's performances on his Youtube channel pretty jaw-dropping.
Yuval Yaron, hands down!
Yaron for sure.
Is Yury Revich lesser known? I love his playing.
I agree Marty. Yuval Yaron is 1 of the greatest violinists in the world!
María Dueñas. She just turned 18.
Nate, that recording is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
Passed: Josef Suk, Robert Gerle.