From the moment he takes the stage, Grammy Award-nominee violinist Philippe Quint captivates his audience with charismatic presence. Mr. Quint is often lauded for his searingly poetic lyricism (Daily Telegraph, UK) in repertoire that ranges from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms to the leading composers of our time. Mr. Quint, whose unusual surname is of Italian origin, was born of a rich musical heritage in St. Petersburg, Russia. He plays on a 1723 'Ex-Kiesewetter' Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society.
Mr. Quint's highlights this season include his Berlin debut with Berlin Komische Opera Orchestra for their 2009 New Year's Concerts under the direction of Carl St. Clair, debuts with Weimar Staatskapelle and New Jersey Symphony, tour of New York State with Syracuse Symphony, return tour of South Africa as well as a series of recitals for unaccompanied violin in London, Edinburgh, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Nancy (France) and Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2009 he will also be releasing two more CD's on the Naxos label - Korngold Violin Concerto with Carlos Miguel Prieto and Orchestra de Mineria and complete works by Paganini arranged by Kreisler. Mr. Quint is also now a Music Director of a Chamber Music Festival in Mexico City.
Mr. Quint left the former Soviet Union in 1991 and is now an American citizen who harbors a strong commitment to the music of his new country, frequently performing works by William Schuman, Lukas Foss, Leonard Bernstein, Ned Rorem, John Corigliano, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Lera Auerbach. Mr. Quint's impressive award winning discography to date includes William Schuman's Violin Concerto (Naxos 2001), a debut album that received two Grammy Award nominations including 'Best soloist with an Orchestra' as well as 'Editor’s Choice' by both Gramophone and Strad magazines, Ned Rorem's Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic /Jose Serebrier (2006), Bernstein's 'Serenade' with Marin Alsop for Naxos in 2005, which was selected as CD of the Week by the UK's Daily Telegraph and “Editor's Choice” by Gramophone. He has also recorded Lukas Foss's complete works for violin and piano (Elysium 2003) with Maestro Foss at the piano.
In 2007 Mr. Quint released the complete works of Miklos Rosza for violin and piano and in 2008 World Premiere Recording of John Corigliano's Red Violin Caprices (Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice 2008); both with pianist William Wolfram for Naxos.
Mr. Quint has been in wide demand, both domestically and internationally; recent concert engagements include the Detroit, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Bournemouth (UK), Houston, Weimar Staatskapelle, Orchestra Cote du Basque, Orchestra de Pamplona, the Royal Liverpool (UK), the China National Symphony; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and the Mostly Mozart Festival under the batons of renowned conductors such as Carl St.Clair, Marin Alsop, Andrew Litton, Jorge Mester, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Klauspeter Seibel, Stefan Sanderling, Marco Parisotto, Daniel Hege, Martin Yates, Maxim Shostakovich and Kenneth Schermerhorn.
A recent critique by The Chicago Tribune hailed Mr. Quint: 'What a terrific soloist the young Russian born American violinist Philippe Quint makes! Here is a fiddle virtuoso whose many awards are fully justified by the brilliance of his playing'. 'A Legend in the Making,' was one critic's prediction, while 'flawless,' 'dazzling,' 'extraordinary', and 'astonishing' are only a few adjectives awarded him by the press.
In 2004 Mr. Quint was the featured soloist at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in the World Premiere of Lera Auerbach's Concerto No.1that was written and dedicated to him. An active chamber musician, he has appeared in recitals and performances at Caramoor (NY), Ravinia (IL), Aspen (CO), Lincoln Center(NY), Chautauqua(NY), Lukas Foss's Hamptons Music Festival (NY), Kravis Center (FL), UC Davis Presents (CA), Rome Chamber Festival and the National Gallery in Washington (DC).
His live performances and interviews have been broadcast on CNN, ABC, BBC, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg TV- ' Night Talk with Mike Schneider' and 'Muse' as well as multiple appearances on NPR, WNYC and WQXR.
Mr. Quint studied at Moscow's Special Music School for the Gifted with the famed Russian violinist Andrei Korsakov, and made his orchestral debut at the age of 9, performing Wieniawski's Concerto No. 2. After emigrating to the United States, he earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard and was graduated in 1998. His distinguished pedagogues included Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, and Felix Galimir. He has also studied and participated in masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Arnold Steinhardt. Having won a myriad of awards since his days as a student, Quint has amassed top prizes at the Juilliard Competition ('98), Spain's Pablo de Sarasate International Violin Competition ('97), where he also received the Special Audience Prize, and the Salon de Virtuosi Award ('97). He has been a Career Grant recipient of the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation since 1996 and the Bagby Foundation since 2002.