Philippe Quint 
Violin 

Biography 

 

Multi Grammy Award nominee violinist Philippe Quint is internationally recognized for his unique and insightful approach to standard repertoire, championing and rediscovering neglected repertoire and embarking on imaginative, exciting journeys of explorations and collaborations with artists of different genres. “Truly phenomenal” is how BBC Music Magazine recently described him also adding that “Quint’s tonal opulence, generously inflected with subtle portamentos, sound like a throwback to the glory days of Fritz Kreisler.”

 

An American violinist of Russian heritage, Philippe Quint is constantly in demand and regularly appears with major orchestras and conductors worldwide at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York, while making frequent guest appearances at the most prestigious festivals including Verbier, Aspen, Colmar, Hollywood Bowl and Dresden Festspiele.

 

Quint’s award winning discography comprises 17 commercial releases including his recent debut on the Warner Classics label, a CD titled Chaplin’s Smile, featuring thirteen original arrangements of music by Charlie Chaplin. It has received worldwide acclaim, multiple Editor’s Choices from radio stations and magazines alike. The album inspired Philippe to create and produce Charlie Chaplin’s Smile, a multimedia show that will have debuts worldwide throughout the 2019-2020 season, including the opening of the Fifth International Tchaikovsky Festival in Klin, Russia, Ravinia Festival, Baltimore Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County as well as it’s orchestral premieres of the show in Germany, Poland and Bulgaria to name a few.

 

Chaplin’s granddaughter, Kiera Chaplin, said in Forbes magazine, “I think it’s amazing that in 2019, one hundred and thirty years after his birth, my grandfather Charlie Chaplin is still around and loved by so many, that even a hundred and five years after his first movie was made, he still surprises people. Philippe Quint's new album Chaplin’s Smile is allowing him to be discovered by a whole new audience as a talented composer, a side of him many people did not know.”

 

Highlights of Quint’s 2019-2020 season include return performances with the Baltimore Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Bochumer Symphoniker, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, and Thailand Philharmonic under the batons of Andrew Litton, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Rune Bergmann and Carolyn Kuan.

 

The Chicago Tribune proclaimed, “Here is a fiddle virtuoso whose many awards are fully justified by the brilliance of his playing.” In 2018/2019 Quint was named Artist-in-Association by Utah Symphony which included two weeks of performances with the orchestra and a recording for Hyperion label under the batons of Andrew Litton and Thierry Fischer. In the summer 2015, he hosted the Second Annual Benefit “Philippe Quint & Friends” at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall presented by Russian American Foundation. He was the winner of the Ambassador of Arts Award in 2014 presented by The Brownstone and Gateways Organizations at the United Nations. Among his many other honors, Quint was the winner of the Juilliard Competition and Career Grant Recipient of Salon de Virtuosi, Bagby and Clarisse Kampel Foundations.

 

Philippe Quint is the first classical artist to star in the lead role of a major independent film, Downtown Express, co-starring Nellie McKay and produced by Michael Hausmann (Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain, Amadeus) and multi-Emmy winning director David Grubin. This 2012 film premiered in New York and Los Angeles as well as at a number of national and international film festivals including Woodstock, New York, Houston (Opening Night), Mons (Belguim), Cuba, Vermont, and Florida.

 

An active chamber musician, Philippe has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Verbier, Luzern, Caramoor, Colmar, Ravinia, Aspen, Rome, Moritzburg, La Jolla, Lincoln Center and Chautauqua festivals and in recital and chamber performances at Kravis Center, UC Davis Presents, National Gallery in Washington most recently, at San Francisco Performances with composer/pianist Lera Auerbach.

 

Quint’s live performances and interviews have been broadcast on television by CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC World News, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg TV, as well as by radio stations nationwide including NPR, WNYC and WQXR.  

 

Philippe Quint’s formidable discography includes rediscovered treasures along with popular works from the standard repertoire. His AvantiClassics label recordings include Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin Concertos paired with Beethoven’s Romances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería led by Carlos Miguel Prieto; original arrangements of Bach’s works by composer/pianist Matt Herskowitz titled Bach XXI , Opera Breve with pianist Lily Maisky; Glazunov & Khachaturian Violin Concertos with Bochumer Sinfoniker and Steven Sloane; and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Sofia Philharmonic led by conductor Martin Panteleev, paired with Anton Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 35.

 

Making his home in New York since 1991, Quint was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia) and studied at the Moscow Special Music School for the Gifted with the famed Russian violinist Andrei Korsakov making his orchestral debut at the age of nine. After moving to the United States, he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. His distinguished pedagogues and mentors included Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Masao Kawasaki, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir.

 

Philippe Quint plays the magnificent 1708 “Ruby” Antonio Stradivari violin on loan to him through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society®.

 

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Bruch - Concerto in G min, mvt. 1
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CRITICAL ACCLAIM

 

New York Times
“Clad in black, with his dark hair falling over his closed eyes, Mr. Quint dazzled the crowd with a theme from the movie “The Red Violin”; Gershwin’s “It Ain’t Necessarily So”; a Paganini Variations; and the Meditation from Massenet’s opera “Thaïs.” 

 

“Quint has the power, breadth of tone and passion… “ 


Los Angeles Times 
"Quint made a smashing impression...Make no mistake, this man can play…Quint understood this tour de force pieces celebrate virtuosity and music. He is well acquainted with both." 

 

“Violinist Philippe Quint played it warmly and with intensity, a down payment on the blazing performance he turned in. The collaboration between Quint and Mester was tight, especially evident in the precision with which they ended the first magical slow movement..." 

“Quint’s appearance combined with charismatic articulation and Mozartean grace; here was a tight, stylish and affable reading with minimum of self-consciousness and a maximum of tone color. One can hardly remember a performance of a familiar piece at once so complete and so moving." 

“The concert continued with the premiere of a violin concerto commissioned from Lera Auerbach, played smartly by twice Grammy-nominated Philippe Quint, to whom the work is dedicated. Quint, also a Soviet defector, played with lyricism, energy and devotion.”



The Strad 
“No matter what Beriot throws at him, as witness the athletic high jinks of no. 3’s finale, Quint emerges completely unscathed and apparently thirsty for more.” 

 

“Dazzling performance… violinist of uncommon brilliance and flair. Intonation is impeccable and Quint brings to the score the grand gestures of his Russian training.” 



Gramophone
“Philippe Quint’s panache is stunning and this CD offers some of the most attractive music for solo violin in the entire repertoire."

Baltimore Sun 
"It's a grabber from the first notes. Philippe Quint is the sterling violin soloist; the ensemble sounds taut and fully engaged. Hot stuff." 

 

“The assured, penetrating performance of Violin Concerto by young Russian born American fiddler Philip Quint demonstrates how deserving Schuman is of attention.”



Cincinnati Enquirer 
“With his lanky build and shoulder-length dark hair, he looked like a modern day Paganini -and he played like one, too. Violinist Philippe Quint wowed the crowd…brilliant technique and compelling personality.’’ 



Houston Chronicle 
“Philippe Quint was the soloist in the Tchaikovsky Concerto… Quint’s performance was beautiful, expansive and thoughtful earning him an unusual second solo bow at the end.” 

 

“Performed by the Russian-born violinist Philippe Quint, the Korngold Concerto was the audience favorite. Quint performed with shining tone and large scale of emotions.”



Dallas Morning News 
“The soloist is Philippe Quint … his performance is elegantly sinuous and musically subtle preferable on my CD player to Gidon Kremer or Zino Francescatti among numerous others who have recorded what remains, for me, Bernsteins finest concert work…” 

 

“Philippe Quint, a Russian-born American, sounds like a first rate violinist here. He is especially eloquent in those passages where the violin enters in a still, small voice after an orchestral cataclysm.”

 

Sun-Sentinel 
"Extraordinary soloist…A few violinists of any generation can make Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Concerto spring to life these days. Quint did just that." 


Chicago Tribune 
“And what a terrific soloist the young Russian born American violinist Philippe Quint makes! …he vanquishes the violin writing with ease. Here is a young fiddle virtuoso whose many awards are fully justified by the brilliance of his playing.” 


West Palm Beach Daily News 
"A legend in the making, Russian violinist Philippe Quint gave a thrilling performance…" 


Detroit Free Press 
“Philippe Quint’s high powered reading would be easy to recommend even if there were a competition.” 

 


London Times 
”The eye and ear were gripped by the soloist…a young Russian-born New Yorker called Philippe Quint....(Stravinsky Violin Concerto).... he displayed bravura technique, unflagging energy, a convincing approach to this theatrical and often sardonic music, and the instincts of a showman. One senses he is heading for even more glamorous destinations..." 


The Independent 
“This Russian born American (Philippe Quint) is enot only a superb technician, negotiating Stravinsky's complex rhythms and lyrical flights with equal ease, but also a compellingly mercurial and vivid player, totally at home with this concerto varied moods; Quint is up for a Grammy Award, awlong with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra itself, for a NAXOS recording of the William Schuman Concerto.’

 

Kentucky Courier Journal 
"Quint remains an ardent, technically masterful advocate of the concerto, playing the piece with the utter conviction of one who believes it to be the equal of any work in the standard repertory. His articulation and command of every textual element, particularly in the clarity of his rapid spiccato, were impressive.”

 
Philippe Quint, Charlie Chaplin: Smile with Orchestra

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