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Alexander Velinzon

Concert Master

Biography

Russian-American violinist Alexander Velinzon makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Guest Concert Master for Boris Godunov.

Velinzon studied at the Leningrad School for Gifted Children and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay. He made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artist International Young Artist Auditions. He joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and is currently Associate Concertmaster there. With the BSO he has performed as Concertmaster under conductors including Christoph von Dohnányi, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Andris Nelsons and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also played as a guest concert master with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Radio Philharmonic. Velinzon is also active as a chamber musician. He has performed chamber music in Europe, Japan and the United States, is an active member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and has appeared with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. In 2010 he made his Wigmore Hall debut with the Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Velinzon’s solo performances include Brahms’s Violin Concerto and Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No.4 with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and appearances with the National Symphony of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, in Venezuela and in New York with the Jupiter Symphony. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Rondo Chamber Orchestra, Absolute Ensemble, Chappaqua Symphony and the Metamorphoses Orchestra, and with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at New York’s City Center.