George Vass - Concert Violinst

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GEORGE VASS

George Vass has devoted most of his life to music, performing as a violin soloist as well as a chamber musician, playing the viola.

Concert engagements have taken him to England, Scotland, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Mexico and China.

As a six-year-old, he started his musical training in his native Cyprus, learning the violin from Vahan Bedelian. Later he studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian and then privately under David Martin. More recently he has worked with David Takeno, Head of Strings at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also studied theory and musical analysis with F.T. Durrant.

His first studies in the United States were with Ivan Galamian at the Meadowmount School of Music, Westport, NY. From 1976 until the famed pedagogue’s death in 1981, he studied with him full-time in New York City. During the summers, as well as continuing his violin studies with Ivan Galamian, he was studying chamber music with Josef Gingold at Meadowmount where, in the 1985 season, he was appointed Chamber Music coach.

From 1982-1988, as well as playing the violin, Mr. Vass studied chamber music with Sally Thomas of the Mannes and Juilliard schools. Also, from 1986-1988, he was coached by Harry Shub, a student of the legendary Leopold Auer.

In 1981, George Vass gave a solo concert at the Carnegie Recital Hall in honour of the Consul General of Cyprus to the United States.

His formal debut in London was at the Wigmore Hall in 1984 when, with Gordon Back, he played sonatas by Leclair, Prokofiev, Brahms and Paganini. The pair has since given many recitals together in England, Scotland, Germany as well as Cyprus.

Mr. Vass made a two-week concert tour of China at the invitation of the Chinese Government. That tour was recorded and televised extensively throughout China and was followed by a series of master classes to gifted students. He was the first artist of Cypriot origin to perform there since the foundation of the Chinese Republic in 1949.

Elsewhere, Mr. Vass has made four concert tours throughout Mexico at the invitation of the International Festival Cervantino, as well as a memorial concert in the House of Cortes on the death of the violinist Henryk Szeryng.

He has also given a recital at the United Nations’ Dag Hammarsjold auditorium to celebrate UN Day.

In Cyprus, he has played at the British Council and the Municipal Theatre in Nicosia. His most recent performance on the island was in February 2005 when, together with Gordon Back, he gave a charity recital at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre to raise money for a new church in the suburb where he was born.

In February of this year, both artists played in Cambridge, England before giving a recital at the Beethoven-Haus, concert Hall in Bonn , Germany at the birthplace of the great composer.

Tonight’s recital is their second at the Parnassus literary society. This will be followed by a recording session for a new compact disk, their first in Greece.

His personal favourites include works written for the violin by such violinist-composers as Paganini, Vieuxtemps, Ernst, Wieniawski and Milstein.

George Vass plays a violin made by J.F. Pressenda in 1834.

To request a performance, please call (+357) 2266147 or Mibile (+357)99434123 EMAIL: GeorgeVass@MAC.com