Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance as soloist with orchestra, in recital or as a chamber musician, violinist Gil Morgenstern has performed all over the world to overwhelming critical praise.
Performing in public since he was five years old, Mr. Morgenstern has gone on to perform all across the globe, playing in such musical centers as New York, London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin and Hong Kong. He has toured extensively in the United States, appearing in recital and with many leading orchestras including the St. Louis, Baltimore, Louisville, Indianapolis, Denver, Milwaukee, New Jersey and North Carolina Symphonies. Mr. Morgenstern has shared the stage with such eminent musicians as Philippe Entremont, Lynn Harrell, André-Michel Schub, Jeffrey Kahane, Sharon Isbin, and Heinz Holliger, and has collaborated with United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. He has been the subject of numerous television and radio shows both at home and abroad and his performances can be regularly heard on National Public Radio broadcasts. His discography includes the duos of Ravel, Kodály and Roger Sessions, chamber works of Gabriel Fauré, Ludwig van Beethoven and Aaron Copland, and the newly released CD of music by George Tsontakis, Piano Quartet Trilogy. Mr. Morgenstern records for the Koch International Classics, Delos and MMC labels.
In addition to his performance activities, Mr. Morgenstern is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Nine Circles Chamber Theatre, a creative organization dedicated to exploring the collaborative nature of inter-disciplinary performance and expanding the performance traditions of music, theatre and dance. He is also the artistic director of ”Reflections,” a new international performance series with concerts in New York City, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florence and Milan, Italy, with additional performances anticipated in Washington, DC and Rome next season. Mr. Morgenstern is the violinist and artistic director of the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, a diverse chamber group specializing in Classical, Romantic and contemporary works of mixed instrumentation, and he just recently stepped down after 15 years as the artistic director of An Appalachian Summer Festival, located in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. During his tenure, the festival grew into one of the leading regional performing and visual arts festivals in the United States and became recognized as an important venue for commissioning and presenting original works.
Mr. Morgenstern’s many prizes and honors include a command performance at the White House, Gold Medals in The Washington International and National Society of Arts and Letters Competitions, a Rockefeller Foundation grant, and the Jaycees of Americaís “Outstanding Young American" award.
Highlights of Mr. Morgensternís recent seasons include appearances as soloist, in chamber music concerts, and in inter-disciplinary performance in the United States, Europe and Australia. He premiered works of music and dance at Lincoln Center and with the Brooklyn Ballet. His music-theatre projects with New Yorkís prestigious Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y included the premiere of “Samuel Beckett at 100” and a staged version of U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s translation of Dante’s Inferno which toured the country and was broadcast on PBS and NPR, for which it received a Peabody nomination. Mr. Morgenstern’s performance in the Nine Circles Chamber Theatre production of “When Samson Met Delilah” toured Holland to rave reviews and his recent recital in Toronto was broadcast throughout Canada on CBC. Next season’s highlights, in addition to the Reflections series, will include fully staged performances of the Beckett evening at Harvard University, a new staged version of The Epic of Gilgamesh for actors and solo violin at New York City’s Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd St. Y, and performances in Germany and Italy.
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What the press has to say:
SOLO AND CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCES:
“…a perfect demonstration of supreme ability…”
The New York Times
“The performance was shapely, playful and unified, and offered the kind of interplay that makes the difference between a dutiful read-through and a lively performance.”
The New York Times
“A remarkable violinist. Morgenstern played a program that tested every part of a violinist’s equipment and he did it all beautifully.
The Washington Post
WQXR, New York
“Mr. Morgenstern has much to say to the listener, and a faultless technique which allows him to concentrate on what he communicates. His playing provides an easily-turning key to the simple and the complex works alike. He is capable of the most brilliant feats, but performs them with such grace that the ear and eye remain undistracted from the composerís intentions.”
South China Morning Post
“Gil Morgenstern is a master... He is superb. His instinct for the perfect attack was unfailing. The technique was dazzling. Without discipline the greatest talents in the world may never be realized, but all the work in the world will not breed genius. Happily, in this young musician, both the gift and the labor are evident.”
"Friday nightís performance (by the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble) was an evening of pure polish from start to finish. Schumannís Piano Quartet in E-flat Major was a tour de force of ensemble playing."
The Kansas City Star
“The evening’s finale was one of the most beautifully integrated, excitingly played, and intense readings of the Johannes Brahms masterpiece Trio in B Major I have ever heard. The finest measure of Morgenstern’s work has always been his ability to weave magically moving spells in slow movements. Here, his work was gorgeously abetted by the great cello cadenza and sensitive piano support. It was one of those musical moments one cherishes forever.”
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY, Mozart Violin Concerto in D Major, K. 218
“Mr. Morgenstern exhibited a well-balanced technique, a good sense of rhythm and mood, an articulation that was clear and pliable, and a taut control of intonation. His innate sensibilities for the music were evident from the start, and it was refreshing to hear a style of violin playing that was unencumbered by the mannerisms of the ages. He played cleanly, artfully, sensitively. Most importantly, he performed the concerto as a composition written in 1775 instead of 1875, as many are inclined to do.”
“The evening’s soloist, Gil Morgenstern, made an impressive debut with the Baltimore Orchestra. He has the right musical insights, impeccable intonation and an elegant style that belies his youth. A suave performance.”
Baltimore News American
“Mr. Morgenstern played with remarkable control, unfailingly musical instincts and unshakable rhythm. This was exceptionally poised violin playing and it also revealed a performer with taste, solid musical values and an unwillingness to go in for cheap effects.”
Baltimore Evening Sun
DENVER SYMPHONY, Bruch Violin Concerto in g minor
“Morgenstern, who looks quite young and has the handsome appearance of a Byronesque figure, takes the concerto with an absolute controlled, almost calculated, sense of dynamics. His projection of them becomes quite effective. His tone is full and rich... His playing throughout was a highly creditable job of taking the notes and making them into music with dramatic ability, secure technique and sensitive approach. He is a soloist who should be brought back for more performances with the orchestra.”
INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY, Prokofiev Violin Concerto in g minor
“Morgenstern was scintillating in the Prokofiev, accenting its broad lyricism and rhythmic variety with impressive virtuosity. He has a lot going for him-youthful charm, ample technique, warm temperament and lively musical sensibility.”
The Indianapolis Star
HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC, Brahms Violin Concerto
“This violinist clearly has no ordinary future ahead of him. He is one of those rare poets of the violin who makes every note compelling in its beauty. His approach to the concerto was un-mannered and always exciting. His tone in the upper registers is particularly appealing. This violinist is blessed with abundant musical qualities as well as total technical command of his instrument. He has an extraordinarily mature talent and one hopes he will return to play with the orchestra again before too long.”
South China Morning Post
NJ SYMPHONY, Saint-Säens Havanaise, Introduction & Rondo Cappriccioso; Ravel Tzigane
“His approach is clean, clear and sensitive, and he has technique to spare for the difficult passage work in the rondo and for fireworks in the Tzigane. The latter is almost Morgenstern’s signature piece, and there are few fiddlers who play it so dazzlingly.”
The Star-Ledger, Newark
“Violinist Morgenstern--thatís the name to remember. While he dazzled everyone with his dexterity, he realized all the artistic nuances. His bowing was magnificent; his tone just plain gorgeous.”
Santa Barbara News Press
LíORCHESTRE REGIONAL DE TOULOUSE, Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D Major
“One of the most beautiful concerts of the season. A star without a doubt, and one surely of great magnificence, for he already shines in the firmament of soloists with unequaled brightness. Mastering with ease and maturity the perilous difficulties of the work, he will arrive very soon at the level of the greatest where he is guaranteed to rise with prestige.”
Le Depeche du Midi, Toulouse, France
“Gil Morgenstern demands admiration for the precision of his technique, the exactness and keenness of his attacks, the lyricism in the central movement of the work. This is a great virtuoso whom we would love to hear again.”
Le Petit Bleu, Agen, France
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY, Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor
“Morgenstern is a cool and elegant young aristocrat in bearing, but there is nothing cool about his performance of the Prokofiev concerto. Rather, he mined every romantic nuance from the work, developing a rich lyricism in the solo passages and a splendid rapport with the orchestra in their exchanges.”