Violinist Philippe Quint to play with Stamford Symphony
Philippe Quint was on his way into a rehearsal in Cincinnati when we spoke on the phone last week. From St. Petersburg, he is a young violinist with a burgeoning international career, which began at the ripe old age of 4. He plays a 1723 Stradavari violin, and his playing has been described as having lyricism and poetry, as well as "impeccable virtuosity."
He will play with the Stamford Symphony the weekend of Nov. 12 and 13, part of a program that will include Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Damces," "Suite No. 3," "Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1," and, with Mr. Quint, the warm and romantic "Violin Concerto No. 1" by Max Bruch. He has played under conductor Eckart Preu in Spokane, and said it was a wonderful time.
One of his musical adventures in with the Mineria Chamber Music Festival in Mexico City, where there is a vital ongoing cultural life. He also recently formed the Quint Quintet, which consists of violin, double bass, piano, electric guitar and a bandoneon, which, when I looked at a picture of it, looks something like a concertina. The group presents music that combines the classic Argentinian tangos and the compositions of Astor Piazzolla. He also mentioned a "rock" element to the music. Perhaps there will be a recording of this unique combination soon.
He has a dizzying busy schedule, which takes him all over the world. Now living in New York, he is a graduate of Juilliard, where he earned his bachelor and Master's degrees. There, he studied with, among others, the great Dorothy Delay. Much earlier he studied at the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow. He has was many awards, including the Sarasate International Violin Competition and the Salon de Virtuosi. He has played with most of the world's finest orchestra, and worked with more great conductors than there is space here to name. In the 2010-2011 he debuted in Berlin on New Year's Eve with the Komische-Oper Orchestra, and with the Chicago Symphony.
Photographs show a darkly handsome young man, and in speaking with him, he came across as gracious, calm, serious and dedicated, none of which is surprising, but I sensed humor and above, deep love and enjoyment of what he does.
He will be playing with Stamford Symphony, the Palace Theatre. The Saturday concert begins at 8 p.m. Parents and grandparents, note that the 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon concerts encourage young people by inviting them to come in free of charge, and there is also pre-concert talk at 1:45 p.m., "MusicKids" activity, a chance to hear and learn without electronic assistance.