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Belgian violinist, Michael Guttman, was, at age ten, the youngest student ever to be admitted into the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Be witness to what the New York Times describes as "his incredible wealth of tone colors and his sound of melting beauty". This concert will be led by internationally acclaimed and award winning guest conductor, Charles Cozens.
Guest Artist: Michael Guttman
Conductor: Charles Cozens
Described as the "Chagall of violinists" by the JERUSALEM POST, praised by Allan Kozinn of the New York Times for "his incredible wealth of tone colors and his sound of melting beauty," internationally acclaimed Belgian violinist, Michael Guttman, was, at age ten, the youngest student ever to be admitted into the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. Afterward, encouraged by the late Isaac Stern, Guttman studied at the Juilliard School in New York under Dorothy Delay.
Guttman has performed on three continents as soloist and recitalist, in halls such as London's Barbican Centre, New York's Avery Fisher Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Bunko Kaikan in Japan, among others. An invited performer at festivals directed by Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky and Natalya Guttman, he has also been active as Music Director of festivals in Belgium, The U.S., Canada and Italy. Guttman has appeared as chamber music partner of Martha Argerich when he was invited by her to Lugano's Martha Argerich Project. He has worked as trio partner of the great Boris Berezovsky since 2009. . Michael has been invited to play the U.S. premiere of the Phillip Glass Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with the Dallas Symphony. He will also premiere the concerto in Asia and Europe.
Under Mr. Guttman's direction, the Arriaga Festival, held in the medieval city of Bruges, was a highlight of Belgium's musical agenda for ten years.
As Associate Music Director of the Music Festival of the Hamptons along with the late Lukas Foss, Michael Guttman brought his exiting programming and playing to New York. In the years since Mr. Guttman joined the Hamptons Festival, attendance there has tripled. As the Music Director of the festival orchestra Guttman has worked with James Galway, Richard Stolzman, Peter Serkin, Carol Wincenc, David Amram and others. Answering an invitation by Yuri Bashmet, Mr. Guttman conducted the Elba Festival Orchestra - a unique blend of the Kremerata Baltica, the Moscow Soloists and selected wind players from across Europe.
Michael Guttman has more recently founded Pietrasanta in Concerto Music Festival. This festival, nested in the beautiful medieval Tuscan village of Pietrasanta, has become a staple in the European summer festival circuit.
Charles T. Cozens is an award winning, internationally known arranger, orchestrator, composer, conductor, music director and producer. Labeled by the Canadian Press as "one of Canada's premiere arrangers", Mr. Cozens won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 1986 National Workshop Arranger's Competition. Since then, major orchestras in North America and Europe have performed his orchestral arrangements consistently to critical acclaim, and he has been continuously recognized, with numerous awards and nominations.
Winner of the Established Performing Artist Award from the Mississauga Arts Council, he has also been nominated for the Dora Award (Most Outstanding Musical: Swingstep) and the Chalmers Award in Composition (Peter Pan: The Return). His 2006 album Balance was nominated for a Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. Widely prolific, Mr. Cozens has over 80 CDs to his credit as conductor, composer, arranger, pianist and producer, for prestigious recording labels such as Universal, Sony, CBC SM 5000, Attic, Solitudes, Avalon, Reflections and Jazz Inspiration.
Mr. Cozens special career highlights have included a Command Performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth as an Arranger and Composer (London, 1984), and as Conductor for The Duke Of Edinburgh Awards, HRH Prince Philip (Toronto, 2004: Mozart and Bach program with members of the Toronto Symphony.