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Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch enjoyed a varied career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor. Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony for a record-setting twenty seasons, he was formerly Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony and Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. His career included collaborations with Solti, Giulini, Slatkin, Davis, and Frühbeck de Burgos, appearing with many of the world’s major orchestras.
As a dedicated teacher, Mr. Israelievitch gave master classes around the world while also teaching at the University of Toronto and York University. For sixteen summers, he taught at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.
Mr. Israelievitch’s discography features more than 100 albums including the Juno nominated Suite Hebraique, the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies, and the complete Mozart Sonatas, recorded shortly before his death on September 5, 2015.
Mr. Israelievitch is a member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada, and the recipient of a B’nai Brith human rights award in recognition of his outstanding moral leadership.