Erich Gruenberg

OBE, Hon RAM, FGSM, FRCM

Strings - Violin

Distinguished chamber musician, international soloist and recording artist -Winner of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition

Specialist in the performance of new music

Erich, one of Britain’s most distinguished and musically wide ranging violinists, started his musical education in his native city of Vienna, continued his studies at the Jerusalem Conservatoire and came to the United Kingdom at the age of twenty-two, winning the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition which launched him on an international career. Since then he has made his home in London.

His repertoire is extensive and his name is associated with an active advocacy of contemporary works. He has commissioned many new works from Britain and abroad and has given many world premiere performances.
Among his recordings for labels such as EMI, Decca, Argo, Chandos, L’Oiscau Lyre, Hyperion, Hungaroton, CRD and Lyrita, is a notable recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Also recorded is an album of Kreisler pieces with the same orchestra, and the first recording by a British artist of the complete Beethoven violin and piano sonatas, with pianist David Wilde.

Erich was chairman of the Jury and Artistic Panel of the 1998 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for young violinists in France. He is also chairman of the Hattori Trust Fund. More recently, he formed the Erich Gruenberg String Soloists Ensemble with whom he made a debut in London.

In recognition of his continuing services to music, Erich was awarded an OBE in 1994.

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