The most unbelievable musician I ever met... He possessed mystical hypnotic power
-Mischa Maisky
Philippe Hirschhorn (1946, Riga - 1996, Bruxelles)  won the First Prize at the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1967 where the Jury included some of the formost names of the 20th century violinists: David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Zino Francescatti, Arthur Grumiaux, Joseph Szigeti, Josef Gingold, Théo Olof, André Gertler, and Max Rostal. He studied at the Riga and Leningrad conservatories and was a student of Mikhail Vaiman. He toured in Europe, America and Japan with the most prestigious orchestras with such conductors as von Karajan and played frequently with Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky. He was probably one of the finest violinists of the 20th century. Sadly, his career was cut short because of poor health; for the rest of his life he was a violin professor in Bruxelles. The few recordings that exist of him, mostly of live concerts, are examplary both musically and technically.

                            DHR-7906-8    3CDs set

PAGANINI: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.1 in D major, Op.6
with Orchestre National de Belgique, Rene Defossez, conductor
SAINT-SAËNS (Arr. Ysaÿe): Caprice for Violin and Piano d'Apres l'Étude en Forme de Valse
with Lidiya Leonskaya, piano
Recorded live at the 1967 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition
BRAHMS: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op.77
with Südfunk Sinfonie Orchester (Stuttgart), Jiri Starek, conductor. Live performance: June 28,1974
BACH: Sonata for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1003
BRAHMS: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in D minor, Op.108
PROKOFIEV: Five Melodies, for Violin and Piano, Op.35b
RAVEL: Tzigane for Violin and Piano

with Helmuth Barth, piano, Recorded in Schwetzingen, 1974
BERG: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
with The New Philharmonia Orchestra, Uri Segal, conductor
SIBELIUS: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op.47
with Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester, Uri Segal, conductor. Live performance: Oct. 25, 1974
TCHAIKOVSKY: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op.35
with Bamberger Sinfoniker, Ferdinand Leitner, conductor. May 1977

Legendary Treasures