Biography 

Born in 1972, Frederic Pelassy began his musical studies in France.

By the time he was 12, he had completed these studies and given his first public concerts.

Having heard him play Paganini, Yehudi Menuhin helped develop his early career, even though he was still too young to compete for any award.

Between the ages of 14 and 16, he received formal prizes from the most outstanding foundations in France - namely the Menuhin Foundation, the Festival Musical d'Automne des Jeunes Interprčtes, the Cziffra Foundation. He was also sponsored by the Philip Morris Foundation and laureate of the Tibor Varga international violin competition.

 

He was 16 when he recorded his first CD.

In the meantime he kept pursuing his studies, both academic and musical.

In 1987 Sándor Végh accepted him among his students at the Salzburg Mozarteum, trusting him with a bow that had belonged to Joachim.

One year later, he was selected by Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy to enter the Gstaad International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy.  There he practised with both professors, becoming, at 16, the youngest  member of the Camerata Lysy. On several occasions, he was given the privilege of playing as a soloist alongside or under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. 

He later studied in Spain with Zakhar Bron and in America - with Mauricio Fuks in Montreal, Eric Rosenblith at the Boston New England Conservatory, which granted him a complete scholarship for preparing an "Artist Diploma", and under Walter Levin at the Ravinia Steans Institute for Young Artists, which hosted him during two summers

Within the space of two decades, Frederic Pelassy has performed in more than fifty countries around the world.

His discography comprises some thirty CDs, covering composers ranging from Albinoni to Prokofiev through Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Dvořák, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Chausson, Franck, Fauré, Debussy, Ysa˙e, Bartók. Some of his latest recordings seek to draw attention to unjustly forgotten French compositions such as Theodore Dubois Concerto for violin and orchestra (BNL 112964) or Darius Milhaud Suite for violin, clarinet and piano (Naxos 8.572278).

He also teaches violin in Paris at the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz  and has been invited to give master-classes in many music conservatories in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Northern and Latin America.
He plays a violin made by the German violin-maker Stefan-Peter Greiner.

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