Born in Paris on November 5, 1928, to a
musical family, Moldovan Jewish immigrants, young Devy was soon
recognized as an outstanding talented prodigy. The family made
it through the WW II German occupation and after the war Erlih
continued his studies. He won the coveted Paris Conservatoire
Premier Prix and his career as a violin soloist began.
In 1955 Erlih won the International Long-Thibaud competition and
subsequently toured throughout Europe, America and Japan.
In addition to his vast standard classical repertoire, he became
a champion of contemporary composers and many composers wrote
concertos or sonatas for him.
He combined the raw gypsy music styles of his Balkan heritage
with the refined elegance of the French violin school. His recordings
are highly sought after by collectors.
Erlih was also a noted teacher and was on staff at the Paris Conservatoire.
In 2010 he was the president of the Jury in the Long-Thibaud competition.
Devy Erlih died in Paris in a road accident on February 7, 2012.
Sonata for violin solo No. 1 in G minor BWV 1001
Partita for violin solo No. 1 in B minor BWV 1002
Sonata for violin solo No. 2 in A minor BWV 1003
Partita for violin solo No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004
Sonata for violin solo No. 3 in C major BWV 1005
Partita for violin solo No. 3 in E major BWV 1006
The 24 Caprices for solo violin
BARTOK: Sonata for solo violin
JOLIVET: Suite Rhapsodique for solo violin
STRAVINSKY: Elégie for solo violin