Inspiring violin master to perform in Urasoe
A 90-year-old Israeli violinist will perform in Okinawa on May 11th, teaming with local musicians including the Gitlis Okinawa Orchestra.
Ivry Gitlis is an Israeli violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador who has performed with the world’s top orchestras. He’s to be in concert Sunday, May 11th, beginning at 5 p.m. at Urasoe Tedako Hall. Tickets are ¥3,000 in advance or ¥3,500 at door, and available at Family Mart e+ (http://eplus.jp), Ryukyu Shimpo and Tedako Hall. (Map:http://goo.gl/maps/IZRtB)
Gitlis a great master, who continues his strenuous lifestyle because of his love of music. Performing with him will be violinist Masayuki Kino and the Gitlis Okinawa Orchestra. Makoto Amano is conducting.
Ivry Gitlis was born on August 22, 1922, in Haifa, Israel, to Russian parents. He received his first violin at the age of five and gave his first concert at age ten. When violinist Bronislav Huberman heard him play, he sent him to study at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he won a first prize at age 13. After graduation, he studied with George Enesco and Jacques Thibaud, among others. In 1939, he went to England, and when World War II broke out, he worked in a British munitions factory and later in the entertainment unit of the British army.
In 1951, he made his debut in Paris, and has gone on since to give concerts all over the world. He has played with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the New York, Berlin, Vienna, Philadelphia, and Israel Philharmonic orchestras.
Ivry Gitlis is considered one of the most talented musicians of his generation, and many of his recordings are considered classics. His first recording, “Le Concerto à La mémoire d’un ange,” by Alban Berg, won the Grand Prix du Disque (Grand Record Prize) in France. Bruno Maderna wrote “Piece for Ivry” for him, and in 1972, Ivry Gitlis premiered “Mikka” by Xenakis.