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Axel Strauss, violin

In 1998, violinist Axel Strauss became the first German artist ever to win the Naumburg Violin Award, and in the seasons since, he has been equally acclaimed for his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity. The Salt Lake Tribune praised his well-rounded artistry by saying, "Strauss quickly established that he is a virtuoso to be reckoned with. But amid his technical acumen, there was a genuine musician. His interpretive prowess was delightful."

Mr. Strauss, who has been residing in the United States since 1996, maintains a busy performance schedule and serves as Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

He made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in the fall of 1998, and continued a season with recitals in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Savannah, and West Palm Beach which culminated in a performance in New York's Central Park with the New York Chamber Symphony, conducted by Robert Mann. His other concerto appearances have included performances with the Grand Rapids, Santa Fe, Des Moines, North Carolina and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras and the Naples Philharmonic. Highlights of recent seasons include recitals at New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Cleveland Museum and the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, as well as a tour of Germany with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and performances with the Budapest Philharmonic in Hungary.

Axel Strauss has been heard on concert stages throughout Europe since his recital debut in Hamburg in 1988 and his concerto debut with the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic two years later. He has also performed in China with the Shanghai Symphony and toured Japan with the Philharmonic Violins Berlin.

In 1991 he won the silver medal at the Enescu Competition in Romania and has been recognized with many other awards, including top prizes in the Bach and Wieniawski competitions.

Mr. Strauss studied at the Music Academies of Lübeck and Rostock with Petru Munteanu and with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. From 1998 to 2000, he served as teaching assistant of Miss DeLay. He has also worked with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Felix Galimir and Ruggiero Ricci, and at the Marlboro Music Festival with Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff and Bruno Canino.

His discography includes the violin version of the Sonatas Opus 120 by Brahms, the Duo for Violin and Cello by Zoltan Kodaly, a live recording of the Sibelius Violin Concerto and a selection of Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words," arranged for violin and piano.

Axel Strauss performs on an outstanding violin by J.F. Pressenda, Turin 1845, on extended loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society in Chicago.




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