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Axel Strauss

  • Violinist

Biography

Axel Strauss has been heard on concert stages throughout Europe since his recital debut in Hamburg at the age of sixteen.  One year after his debut he won the silver medal at the Enescu Competition in Romania and performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Bucharest Philharmonic.  Mr. Strauss has been recognized with many other awards, including top prizes in the Bach, Wieniawski and Kocian competitions.
After violin studies in Germany with Prof. Petru Munteanu he began working with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School and became her teaching assistant in 1998.  He has also worked with Itzhak Perlman, Felix Galimir, and Ruggiero Ricci, and at the Marlboro Music Festival with Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff, and Bruno Canino.

Mr. Strauss made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and his first of many New York concerts was presented at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1998.  He has given recitals in major US cities and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Hamburg Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony and the Budapest Philharmonic.  He has worked with conductors such as Maxim Shostakovitch, Rico Saccani, Joseph Silverstein, Gerhardt Zimmermann and Pedro Halffter.  Mr. Strauss also toured Japan with the Philharmonic Violins Berlin. He frequently performs at music festivals in the States and abroad, including the Moab Music Festival in Utah, the International Music Academy and Festival in Seoul in Korea, and the Kammermusiktage Mettlach in Germany.  His recordings include the Violin Concerto and the Sonatas Opus 120 by Brahms, the Duo for Violin and Cello by Kodaly and a selection of Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words,” arranged for violin and piano.  Most recently a recording of a recital at New York’s Steinway Hall has been released on DVD.

Axel Strauss performs on an outstanding violin by J.F. Pressenda, Turin 1845, on extended loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society in Chicago.