David Nadien

VC HIDDEN GEMS | Unassuming American Violin Virtuoso, David Nadien

This week The Violin Channel explores the recordings of unassuming American violin virtuoso David Nadien.

DAVID NADIEN | TCHAIKOVSKY | ‘PAS DE DEUX’ FROM SWAN LAKE | LEONARD BERNSTEIN | NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

A student of Adolfo Betti, Ivan Galamian and Adoph Busch, Mr Nadien made his professional solo debut at age 14, before receiving the coveted ‘Leventritt Award’ – and going on to serve as Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from 1966 to 1970.

Widely respected as one of the most technically perfect violinists of all time, Mr Nadien is believed to have been at one stage engaged by both David Oistrakh and Yehudi Menuhin for technical advice.

He passed away in May 2014, aged 87, after serving a distinguished solo, studio recording, orchestral and teaching career.

DAVID NADIEN | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY | VILEM SOKOL
DAVID NADIEN & SAMUEL SANDERS | HENRI VIEUXTEMPS VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 5 | 2ND & 3RD MVTS | 1973
DAVID NADIEN | BACH | SOLO SONATA NO. 2 IN D MINOR | CHACONNE | 1973
DAVID NADIEN & SAMEUL SANDERS | WIENIAWSKI | SCHERZO TARANTELLE | 1973
DAVID NADIEN & SAMUEL SANDERS | ELGAR | SALUT D’AMOUR | 1973
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charles johnston
charles johnston

I studied with David Nadien for seven years. He could play anything in the literature from memory with no warmup and sound like Heifetz, if not better. At his memorial service, one of his colleagues told of a time when there was a delay in a recording session. One of the other violinists said, "Play something for us." He said, "What do you want me to play?" (!) They said "The Erlkoenig". He put out his cigarette, sat up, and blew them away with a perfect, dazzling performance. I've never heard anyone, certainly not Hillary Hahn at her Carnegie Hall performance, play that piece well.

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