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Praised for "sophisticated, warm intensity, radiant timbre and well-balanced, harmonious performance style" (‘Sulzbach-Rosenberg”, Germany) violinist Arik Braude has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His recent performances include concertos by Bach, Haydn and Mendelssohn (double) in repeated appearances at New York’s Bargemusic as well as in Geneva (Switzerland) and throughout France. This season includes performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Auvergne, France, the Beethoven violin concerto at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, NY as well as concerts and masterclasses in Portugal.
An avid chamber musician Mr. Braude has appeared at Music@Menlo (CA), Bargemusic (NY), Mainz Kammerorchester chamber music series (Germany), Festival des Arcs (France), Fetes musicales de Savoie (France), Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (Germany), Musicales Internationales (France), Killington Chamber Music Festival (VT), Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT), as well numerous concert series in Belgium, France and Italy.
Deeply inspired by his father and first violin teacher, the late Nathan V. Braude, a well-known violin professor in the former Soviet Union and a student of the legendary Abram Yampolsky. Arik Braude dedicated much of his energies to pedagogy and has been instrumental in raising a number of brilliant young professional musicians in New York city. Mr. Braude’s students have appeared as soloists with orchestras in the U.S., France and Germany, including the New York Philharmonic, the Little Orchestra Society (NYC), and the Mainz Kammerorchester. They have been given opportunities to collaborate with some of the leading chamber musicians in New York City and have won numerous competitions, including From the Top among others.
In 2008 along with his wife Sophie Arbuckle, and in collaboration with French harpsichordist, Georges Kiss, Mr. Braude founded Jeunes Virtuoses de New York (JVNY, inc.) a vibrant ensemble of young musicians at the onset of their careers, most of whom had been students of Mr. Braude for over a decade, and who are leading versatile musical careers in New York and abroad. He has been featured in an interview about his teaching for the British magazine The Strad, and has contributed to the magazine’s “Ask the Experts” column.
Since 2016 Mr. Braude has been a jury member at the Brahms International competition in Austria. In addition to teaching at Queens College, Arik Braude also teaches at the Mannes College of Music preparatory division, where he has served as the strings department chair from1998 to 2001. He is the artistic director of JVNY, inc. and of the JVNY chamber music workshops in France and Portugal.
Arik Braude directed the Young Artist program at the Music@Menlo festival (CA) and has served as artist faculty at the Festival des Arcs (France), the Killington music festival (VT), the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT) Tecnica e Aperfeicoamento Instrumental (Portugal) and the Interharmony Music Festival (Germany). He has given master classes in France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, England and the US.
He has recorded for Music@Menlo, Talent Cassics and Le Chant de Linos labels and has performed on France 3 and Belgium Radio/TV.
Mr. Braude began his violin studies in the special music school in Kazan (Russia) with his father Nathan V. Braude. He later continued his studies with David Oistrach's assistant, Piotr Bondorenko and Felix Andrievsky in Israel, with Jens Ellermann in Hannover, Germany, with Ifrah Neeman in London and with Sally Thomas in New York. He has performed in master classes for Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider at the Jerusalem Music Center (Israel), and Ruggiero Ricci at the Yehudi Menuhin International Music Festival in Gstaad (Switzerland).
Mr. Braude’s violin was made by Genarro Gagliano in Napoli, Italy in 1756.