Guy Braunstein

Conductor & Violinist

Guy Braunstein

Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and studied the violin under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman.​

He started performing as an international soloist and a chamber musician at a young age and has since played with the Israel Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Bamberg Symphony, Copenhagen Radio and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, as well as the Philharmonica de la Scala, Berliner Philharmoniker and many others.

His success brought him quickly to the world's most important venues and he has collaborated with musicians such as Issac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Fedosejew, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Lioba Braun, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Ushida, Andrey Boreyko, Lang Lang, Jonathan Nott, Emmanuel Ax, Gary Bertini, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Semyon Bychkov and Angelika Kirschlager.

Between 2003 and 2007 Guy held the position of Professor of Music in the University of the Arts (Universitaet der Kunst) in Berlin and since 2006 has been the Music Director of the Rolandseck festival in Germany where he has welcomed international stars such as Emmanuel Pahud, Hélène Grimaud, Amihai Grosz and François Leleux.

Guy was the youngest person to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position which heralded his debut as an orchestral member. He retired from this position at the end of the 2012-13 season. The 2016/17 season saw Guy give concerto performances with Danish National Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Bournemouth Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest and Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro di Fenice amongst others, as well as performing chamber music and recitals throughout Europe. Guy is increasingly in demand as a conductor and has recently conducted orchestras including Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Trondheim Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and Lahti Symphony.

Highlights of the 17/18 season included Guy taking the position of Artist-in-Residence with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. This residency will showcase Guy’s multi-faceted musicianship with projects featuring Guy as both conductor and soloist in a range of repertoire. Further highlights included concerto debuts with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Tampere Philharmonia and conducting debuts with Queensland Symphony Orchestra as well as returning to the Boulezsaal for recital performances and giving his debut performance at the Elbphilharmonie with the Hamburger Symphoniker, where he holds the position of Associate Artist. Highlights in 18/19 include return concerts as both soloist and conductor with the Trondheim Symphoniker and Hamburger Symphoniker as well as a concerto debuts with the Ulster Orchestra and Opéra Toulon. Other performances include with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquestra Santa Cecilia.

Guy plays a rare violin made by Francesco Roggieri in 1679.

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