ORSOLYA KORCSOLAN : VIOLIN
Recognized as “one of the finest young violin talents of the day” by the legendary pianist György Sándor, Hungarian violinist Orsolya Korcsolán is quickly establishing herself as a dynamic recital soloist, versatile chamber musician and innovative music educator.
Ms. Korcsolan was recently honored to serve as the ambassador of the Jewish Summer Festival in Budapest, appearing in the festival's television commercial in a performance of the traditional chassidic song Szól a kakas már (The Rooster Crows) and in which capacity she began each concert with a solo performance before an audience of 3000 in the Great Dohany Synagogue. At the festival she also presented the debut performance of her critically acclaimed CD, "Mosaic," at the famous Rumbach Synagogue, a concert which will be featured in the film The Rescuers, Heroes of the Holocaust, directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Michael King. Further performances of the program include those at the Jewish Museum of Vienna and across Europe and the United States.
A regular, close collaborator with Ádám Kondor and other living composers, Ms. Korcsolán is a passionate presenter of new music and has premiered works including Kondor's Douze Coups for two violins in New York and his Nurong Lullaby for violin, horn and piano in Graz, Austria. Ms Korcsolán also recently gave the premiere of Krekhzando by Koussevitsky Award-winning Israeli composer, Jonathan Keren, at the Jewish Summer Festival n Budapest.
At age 12, Ms. Korcsolán was admitted to the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, where she studied in the 'Exceptional Talents Class' and continued her formal training as a student of Eszter Perényi and Géza Kapás, graduating summa cum laude with the Master of Arts degree. Ms. Korcsolán then moved to the United States to attend the Juilliard School, where she was one of the last students of the late Dorothy DeLay and studied subsequently with Itzhak Perlman and Masao Kawasaki. While at Juilliard she was the recipient of the Dorothy DeLay Scholarship Award as well as the Cornelius Vander Star Scholarship Award, in addition to a scholarship from the American Joint Foundation Hungary; she ultimately became the first Hungarian violinist to be awarded the Master of Music degree at Juilliard. Ms. Korcsolán was honored perform at the Dorothy DeLay Memorial Concert in New York, conducted by Itzhak Perlman, and has appeared at festivals throughout the world, including those of Budapest, Jerusalem, Sapporo, Orford, Kuala Lumpur, and Schleswig-Holstein. As a soloist, she has performed in Austria, Canada, England, France, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, and the United States, and has collaborated in chamber music with artists including solo clarinetist Peter Schmiedl and Vienna Philharmonic concertmaster Rainer Küchl. Ms. Korcsolán was as well a prize winner at the Zathureczki Ede Memorial Competition and received a special prize for the best performance of a contemporary work.
After performing Mozart's G-Major Violin Concerto for Sir Georg Solti at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival at the age of 16, Ms. Korcsolán received an invitation to play in his Carnegie Hall Orchestra. She went on to serve as concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo, Japan; of the Shira International Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem, Israel; of the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra in Budapest; of the Juilliard Symphony; and of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, performing under the batons of conductors including Sir Georg Solti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Marriner, Christoph Eschenbach, Kees Bakels, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov.
Ms. Korcsolán is also devoted to music education and has been recognized for her engaging and interactive programs for students. She is a founder of the highly-praised educational program 'Illustrated Chamber Performance Series' at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she had been leading the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Players. An active and passionate organizer of musical outreach, Ms. Korcsolán is committed to sharing music with others through intensive learning experiences. She frequently gives presentations to children and conducts master classes throughout the World.
Ms. Korcsolán currently resides in Vienna and performs on a violin crafted in 2004 by the Viennese maker, Johannes Rombach.