Maestro Frédéric Chaslin and the JSO host violinist Vadim Gluzman in a concert celebrating Henrik Szeryng’s 100th Anniversary, in which we will be performing Bach‘s Concerto in d minor for Two Violins, with Gluzman and young violinist Michael Shaham, BWV 1043, Beethoven‘s Violin Concerto and Prokofiev‘s Symphony No. 3.
1918 – 1988
Henryk Szeryng, born in the Warsaw, student of Carl Flesch in Berlin and Gabriel Bouillon in
Paris, made his debut as a concert artist in Warsaw at the age of 14 in January 1933 performing the Brahms violin concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic. That same year he played Brahms in Paris under the baton of Pierre Monteux and in 1934 the Beethoven violin concerto under Bruno Walter.
In the turmoil of World War II he immigrated to Latin America and settled down in Mexico City in 1943 becoming a Mexican citizen in 1948. Szeryng gave concerts all over Latin America until 1950 when he extended his musical activities over all five continents, being a regular and highly acclaimed guest at major orchestras worldwide.
Apart from sterling musicianship, Szeryng was a tonalist and a colorist, whose broad musical
lines and innate interpretative qualities always reached for the highest peak in the art of violin
playing, while his technical command was awesome. This gift was lavished upon an absolutely
huge repertoire that delighted his audience around the world. What he asked of himself was
exacting, but the result of what he achieved was about as close to perfection as one is likely to
Henryk Szeryng, a great musician, diplomat, pedagogue and philanthropist, died suddenly in the middle of a tour in Germany. The program of his last performance was the same as for his very first concert 55 years before: the Violin Concerto by Brahms.
Frédéric Chaslin, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Michael Shaham, violin
Bach – Concerto in d minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
Beethoven – Violin Concerto
Prokofiev – Symphony No. 3