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Eugene Fodor

  • Violinist
  • Teacher

Biography

Eugene Fodor's distinguished career as violin soloist with great orchestras and in recital has taken him to fifty states of the USA, every province in Canada and nearly every country of Europe, Asia, Central and South American and the Mediterranean; South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico. Recital venues have included Carnegie Hall's Violin Virtuoso Series, Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London and Chicago Auditorium Theatre. Major summer festivals include Blossom, Saratoga, Naples, Prague and L'ete musical in France. His Master Classes are lauded for inspiration, articulate demonstration and compassionate encouragement.

He was awarded full scholarships at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold and Jascha Heifetz, respectively. His first ten years of study were with Harold Wippler. At the age of ten,he made his solo debut with the Denver Symphony, playing the Bruch Concerto. Touring began at the age of twelve after winning first prize in a national competition. At fifteen, he performed with the Detroit Symphony. Before the age of seventeen, he won numerous national contests including First Prize in both the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, DC and the Young Musicians Foundation Competition in Los Angeles. In 1972, he won First Prize in the International Paganini Competition in Italy, and in 1974 won the highest prize awarded that year in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. In January 1999, he was notified he had won the European Soloist award "Prix European du Soliste" which was presented to him in Paris in November 1999, the same evening of his concert at the Theatre des Champs-Ellysees.

He has played for two Presidents at the White House and a nationally televised Presidential performance at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. He performed for all leaders of industrialized nations at a Presidential Summit Conference in Virginia and one in the former Soviet Union.

His discography includes six albums for RCA Red Seal; other labels hold the Complete Brahms Sonatas; contemporary sonatas; several recital albums; Bach Violin Concertos; the Nielsen Violin Concerto, and a world premiere with the London Philharmonic.

His many television appearances include sixteen guest spots on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, CBS 20/20, a CBS Sunday Morning feature in March 1996, The Today Show, Good Morning America, the RAI of Italy; English, European, Japanese, Korean television and others. He has also appeared in a Cannes Film Festival prize-winning feature movie playing the music of Bach, Brahms and Wieniawski.