"He plunged into the music as if into a refreshing pool--head first, playfully and with great energy....
Israelievitch was impressive, sharing from his soul his understated interpretation of the music."
— Canadian Jewish News

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America's Concertmasters
This unique book, based on extensive research on more than 180 concertmasters and dozens of interviews, looks at the training and personality traits that have yielded great leaders in the major orchestras of the United States and Canada.  Included are in-depth profiles of twenty-two of North America's top concertmasters, including Jacques Israelievitch.

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Kreutzer's complete studies

Performed by Jacques Israelieivitch, and recorded for
the first time in its entirety,
Kreutzer's amazing collection
of etudes is the foundation of
every violinist's technique.

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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.