The Ukrainian-born Israeli classical violinist, Vadim Gluzman, spent most of his childhood in Riga, Latvia, and began violin studies at age 7. He studied with Roman Šnē in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia. In 1990, his family moved to Israel, where he became a student of Yair Kless. He continued his studies in the USA, where his teachers were Arkady Fomin and, at the Juilliard School, the late Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and support of Isaac Stern. In 1994, he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.
Vadim Gluzmanís extraordinary artistry both sustains the great violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries and enlivens it with the dynamism of today. He appears regularly around the world: with major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Münchner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NHK Symphony; and with leading conductors including Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Andrew Litton, Marek Janowski, Itzhak Perlman, Tugan Sokhiev, Paavo Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. Among his festival appearances are Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Pablo Casals, Colmar, Jerusalem and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Illinois, founded by Gluzman with his wife and long-standing recital partner, pianist Angela Yoffe. Among his other chamber music partners are the pianist Lucille Chung and the violist Maxim Rysanov. In the 2013-2014 season Gluzman begins collaboration with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, in the new position of Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.
His wide repertoire embraces contemporary music, and Gluzman has given live and recorded premieres of works by composers such as Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks, Lera Auerbach and Sofia Gubaidulina. In recent seasons he has given the UK premieres of Michael Daugherty's Fire and Blood Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi, and of Balys Dvarionasís Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Søndergård. Gluzmanís latest CD features the world premiere recording of Lera Auerbachís par.ti.ta for violin solo as well as Partitas by J.S. Bach and Ysaÿeís Sonata No.2. Accolades for his extensive discography under the exclusive contract with BIS Records include the Diapason díOr of the Year, Choc de Classica, and Disc of the Month (ClassicFM, Strad and BBC Music Magazine).
Vadim Gluzmanís 2012-2013 season begins with his debut at the BBC Proms in London, followed by appearances with, among others, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He also gives recitals in New York City presented by the venerable People's Symphony Concerts and in Paris at the Théâtre de la Ville. Gluzmanís 2013 summer engagements include returns to Irelandís West Cork Chamber Music Festival as well as Colmar and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals.
Vadim Gluzman plays the extraordinary 1690, known as Ďex-Leopold Auerí (after its previous owner, Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer). It is on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.