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LA PHIL’S CONCERTMASTER, MARTIN CHALIFOUR, returns to Riverside for masterclass and recital

16 Jul 2015 by In Past Events, Winter 2016

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016 | 1P Masterclass | 7P Recital

The Department of Music is excited to welcome back LA Phil's Concertmaster, Martin Chalifour, back to Hole Memorial Auditorium as part of our Guest Artist Recital Series. He will be giving a master class on Thursday afternoon, March 10, 2016 from 1p-2:30p in Hole Memorial Auditorium. This event is open to the public. He will conclude the day with a recital that evening at 7p. 


$15 General Admission | $10 Seniors | $5 Students

MARTIN CHALIFOUR began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is also a laureate of the Montreal International Competition. Apart from his Philharmonic duties he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 50 concertos. Chalifour has appeared as soloist with conductors  Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel , Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the U.S., he played solo with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic, among others.

Chalifour began his orchestral career with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, playing as Associate Concertmaster for six years. Subsequently he occupied the same position for five years in the Cleveland Orchestra, where he also served as Acting Concertmaster under Christoph von Dohnányi. While in Cleveland, Chalifour taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a founding member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio.

Chalifour is a frequent guest at several summer music festivals, including the Sarasota Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Mainly Mozart Festival. Maintaining close ties with his native country, he has returned there often to teach and perform as soloist with various Canadian orchestras, and most recently with the Vancouver Symphony and Maestro Tovey.

Martin Chalifour has recorded solo and chamber music for the Telarc, Northstar and Yarlung labels.  His latest album on Yarlung features solo music composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Steven Stucky, as well as Mozart and Lutoslawski concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall.