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Performer on Historical & Modern Violins



Performer on Historical & Modern Violins


Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1706)
Passacaglia for Solo Violin (1676)

Elicia Silverstein, baroque violin
Recorded Live on 20 June, 2014 at First Church in Cambridge, MA

Rubicon Classics presents: The Dreams & Fables I Fashion Elicia Silverstein's groundbreaking new album - a musical fantasy in which past, present and future meet and inspire each other...
Elicia Silverstein, violin & artistic direction
Mauro Valli, cello
Michele Pasotti, Theorbo
Works by Biber, Sciarrino, Pandolfi-Mealli, Berio & Bach
Filmed at Schuilkerk De Hoop, Diemen, NL
Video by Andrea Friggi & Alberto Piovesan
Post-production: Andrea Friggi

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(c) Axel Bernstorff 

A rising star on the European early music scene, violinist Elicia Silverstein is rapidly garnering praise for her nuanced, bold and insightful performances of repertoire ranging from the 17th to the 21st century.  A performer on both historical and modern instruments, Silverstein is equally at home as a soloist with orchestra, giving recitals and playing chamber music.  Her inventive and thoughtful approach to concert programming, as well as the sincerity and exuberance she brings to musical communication, distinguishes Silverstein as one of the most important voices of her generation. 

Silverstein made her London recital debut in 2015 with a sold out concert at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, performing a programme of unaccompanied works for violin from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Subsequently, she was featured as a soloist in the 21st Ambronay European Baroque Academy tour, performing the Telemann Concerto for Three Violins with Enrico Onofri and British-Italian violinist Mayah Kadish in Italy, France, Slovenia and Portugal. Over the past several seasons, Silverstein has also appeared as a soloist with groups including the Norwegian Barokkanerne, Ensemble Odyssee (NL), the Steinitz Bach Players (UK), the Cambridge Concentus (US), and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom she performed as one of the two viola d'amore soloist on their 2016 St. John Passion Tour. As a recitalist, Silverstein is a regular performer at some of the most important early music festivals in the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, and Poland, including the Brighton Early Music Festival (UK), The Larvik Barokk Festival (NO), Capella Cracoviensis’ Musica Poetica Festival (PL), and at venues including King’s College Chapel (Cambridge, UK), the Muziekgebouw Aan’t Ij (NL), and Jordan Hall (US). As a chamber musician, Silverstein has performed with such esteemed musicians as Patrick Ayrton, Richard Egarr, Robert Levin, Naruhiko Kawaguchi, Ani Kavafian, Paul Coletti, and members of the Ebène Quartet. 

Silverstein's first solo album, 'The Dreams and Fables I Fashion', will be released in October 2018 by the new UK-based label, Rubicon Classics. The album features repertoire spanning 400 years by Biber, Sciarrino, Pandolfi-Mealli, Berio and Bach.

Born in 1990 in New York City, Silverstein began playing the violin at the age of two. From age six, she studied with Ecaterina Gerson and then Louise Behrend at the School For Strings, later continuing her studies the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division (2002-2008) first with Louise Behrend, and ultimately with Curtis Macomber. Upon graduating from high school at the Professional Childrens' School in New York City, Silverstein moved to Los Angeles to pursue studies with Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at The Colburn School’s Conservatory of Music, where she was selected to perform as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra on numerous occasions. Silverstein moved to Europe in 2013 when she was awarded a Netherlands-America Foundation Fulbright grant to study connections between avant-garde twentieth century Italian music and seventeenth-century stylus phantasticus music, under the supervision of Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma and Lucy van Dael at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where she completed her Master of Music degree in 2015 with the highest honours. Silverstein plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin crafted in Paris in 1856, copy of a Guarnerius del Gesu, and on bows made by René-William Groppe, Ralph Ashmead, and Gerhard Landwehr. 

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Upcoming Concerts


Upcoming Concerts


10th September @ 6:00pm – Larvik, NO

Larvik Barokk: Bach A minor Concerto with Barokkanerne & Christopher Bucknall, harpsichord & organ; Edvard Grieg Kor

Bach Sinfonia to Cantata BWV 35
Bach Motets: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 & Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230
Bach Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Bach Wedding Cantata, BWV 202

Langestrand Kirke

17th September @ 11:00am  Ravenna, IT

TAMO Barocco: Silverstein Valli Duo & Friends

Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956
Elicia Silverstein & Varoujan Doneyan, violins; Diego Mecca, viola; Elinor Frey & Mauro Valli, violoncelli

Museo TAMO
Via Rondinelli 2, Ravenna

24th September @ 6:00pm  Zurich, CH

Atelier 17a presents: Silverstein Valli Duo plays Bach

Bach Two-voice inventions Nos. 4 & 13
Bach Suite No. 5 for Cello Solo in C minor, BWV 1011
Bach Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in B minor, BWV 1002
Bach Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 for Violin Solo in D minor, BWV 1004
Bach Two-voice inventions Nos. 9 & 8
with Mauro Valli, violoncello

Atelier 17a
Schrennengasse 17a, Zürich

26th November @ 5:00pm  Lutry, CH

Les Inventions with Patrick Ayrton [Stephanie True, soprano; Alex Potter, countertenor; Jakob Pilgrim, Tenor; Peter Harvey, bass]

Bach Cantatas BWV 75 &76
Varoujan Doneyan & Elicia Silverstein, violins; Salomé Gasselin, viola da gamba; Anton Babba,violoncello; Pierre Feu, violone
Niccola Barbagli & Bethan White, oboes; Danny Teong, trumpet

Temple, Lutry

30th November @ 7:30pm  Bologna, IT

La Società di Musica Antica di Bologna Presents: 
Elicia Silverstein // Memos for a New Millennium (in homage to Italo Calvino)

{Visibility}:     Westhoff Suite No. 1 in A minor
{Exactitude}:  Berio Sequenza VIII
{Multiplicity}: Bach Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Società di Musica Antica di Bologna
Via Armando Quadri 11, Bologna

15th December @ 8:00pm  New York, NY, USA

Bargemusic 'Masterworks Series' Presents: Elicia Silverstein // Memos for a New Millennium

"There are always new avenues to be explored, both very recent and very ancient, styles and forms that can change our image of the world." ~Italo Calvino, 'Six Memos for the Next Millennium'

{Visibility}:       Westhoff Suite No. 1 in A minor (1682)
{Quickness}:    Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin Greenway (2012) **World Premiere**
{Consistency}: Biber Passacaglia, 'Guardian Angel' (1676)
{Exactitude}:    Berio Sequenza VIII (1976)
{Multiplicity}:   Bach Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (1720)

1 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY


25th January @ 8:30pm  Bologna, IT

San Colombano/Collezione Tagliavini Presents: Giacomo Puccini musica sacra e cameristica

Elicia Silverstein & Varoujan Doneyan, violins
Gianni Maraldi, viola
Mauro Valli, violoncello

San Colombano
Via Parigi 5, Bologna

26th February  Diemen, NL

Recording for Rubicon Classics

Berio Sequenza VIII (1976)
Sciarrino Caprice No. 2 (1976)

Schuilkerk De Hoop, Diemen

18th March @ 11:00am  Faenza, IT

Silverstein-Valli Duo: 'Lo stile fantastico nella musica barocca'

Works by Ariosti, Bach, Biber, Valentini, Gabrielli & Valentini

with Mauro Valli, violoncello

Bottega Bertaccini
Corso Garibaldi 4, Faenza

24th March  Diemen, NL

Recording for Rubicon Classics

Biber Mystery Sonata X, 'Crucifixion' (1676)
Pandolfi-Mealli Sonata Op. 3 No. 2, 'La Cesta' (1660)

with Mauro Valli, violoncello & Michele Pasotti, theorbo

Schuilkerk De Hoop, Diemen

29th April @ 3:00pm  Dorchester (Dorset), UK

Dorchester Arts Presents: Elicia Silverstein & Christopher Bucknall Play Bach

Bach Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo in E minor, BWV 1023
Bach French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
Bach Fugue in G minor for Violin and Basso Continuo, BWV 1026
Bach Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Bach Sonata for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
Dorchester Arts

15th May  Diemen, NL

Recording for Rubicon Classics

Biber Passacaglia, 'Guardian Angel' 
Bach 'Ciaccona' from Partita No. 2 for Violin Solo in D minor, BWV 1004

Schuilkerk De Hoop, Diemen

19th May  Bologna, IT

Festa Della Musica: Napoli e la Tarantella

Sarasate Introduzione e Tarantella, Op. 43
Stravinski Suite Italienne
Wieniawski Scherzo-tarantella, Op. 16

San Colombano
Via Parigi 5, Bologna

14th June @ 9:00pm  London, UK

"Guardian Angel": Solo violin at twilight with candlelight

Geminiani Caprice in C Major
Bach Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin in B minor, BWV 1002
Biber Passagalia for unaccompanied violin, 'Guardian Angel'
Pisendel Sonata for Violin Solo in A minor
Bach 'Ciaccona' from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green
Granville Road, London, N4 4EL

1st - 6th August   Brisighella

corso estivo di musica barocca di brisighella // la maggia del borgo

Elicia Silverstein, professor violin, baroque violin, viola, baroque viola & chamber music
Mauro Valli, professor violoncello, baroque cello, violoncello piccolo, chamber music

Hotel Meridiana presso Terme di Brishgella

11th August @ 11:45Am, 2:00pm, 4:00pm  Creil, NL

Travelling in Baroque presents: twee Scandinavisch septets

Franz Berwald Grand Septet in B-flat Major (1828)
Bernard Theodore Sick Septet No. 2, Op. 29 (1874)

Elicia Silverstein leads musicians of the Orchestra of the 18th Century
Elicia Silverstein, violin; Yoshiko Morita, viola; Julie Borsodi, violoncello; Robert Franenberg, contrabass; Stefan Blonk, horn; Kayo Nishida, clarinet; Hugo Rodríguez Arteaga, bassoon

Galamalaan 35, 8312AS, Creil (Flevoland, NL)