Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Photo by Martin Cherry
Appearing in the concert Mimesis: Musical Representations, performed on October 16, 2015 at Carnegie Hall.
Tracy Silverman is the world’s foremost concert six-string electric violinist, and was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by the Juilliard School. Formerly first violinist with the Turtle Island String Quartet, he has contributed significantly to the repertoire and development of what he calls “21st century violin playing.” His work has inspired several major concertos composed specifically for him, including Pulitzer winner John Adams’ The Dharma At Big Sur, premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the gala opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003 and recorded with the BBC Symphony on Nonesuch Records. Legendary “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley’s electric violin concerto, The Palmian Chord Ryddle, was premiered by Mr. Silverman with the Nashville Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2012 and recorded by Naxos Records, and Kenji Bunch’s concerto Embrace was co-commissioned by nine orchestras and premiered by Mr. Silverman in 2014. His 2014 recording for Delos/Naxos Records, Between the Kiss and the Chaos, features the Calder Quartet collaborating on Mr. Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto of the same title.