VC HIDDEN GEMS | American Violin Virtuoso, Oscar Shumsky

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This week The Violin Channel explores the recordings of American violin virtuoso and conductor, Oscar Shumsky.

A student of Leopold Auer and Efrem Zimbalist, Mr Shumsky was widely respected amongst his contemporaries as one of the finest violinists of his time, yet never sought the recognition as a soloist – instead preferring to concentrate on teaching, chamber music and conducting.

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OSCAR SHUMSKY & GLENN GOULD | STRAUSS | VIOLIN SONATA IN E FLAT MAJOR | 1ST MVT | 1962

 

He served on faculty at the Curtis Institute, Peabody Conservatory, Yale University and the Juilliard School - his famed students including Steven Staryk, Elliot Chapo, Ida Kavafian, Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer.

Mr Shumsky passed away in 2000 - aged 83.

For much for his career he concertized on the 1715 'Ex-Pierre Rode' Stradivarius.

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OSCAR SHUMSKY | BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | JANSON | BBC WELSH SYMPHONY | 1987

 

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OSCAR SHUMSKY & MILTON KAYE | TARTINI | 'DEVIL'S TRILL' SONATA (ARR. KREISLER)

 

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OSCAR SHUMSKY | YSAYE | SOLO SONATA NO. 1 IN G MINOR

 

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OSCAR SHUMSKY | BRAHMS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 3RD MVT | JASSON | BBC WELSH SYMPHONY | 1987

 

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OSCAR SHUMSKY & MILTON | CORELLI | LA FOLIA SONATA (ARR. KREISLER)