Available languages: EnglishViolinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft emerged as a star in the late 2010s, appearing at major venues in both Europe and the U.S. He is also a noted chamber music player, performing in the rare string duo format. Boutellis-Taft was born in Limoges, France, but grew up in Paris. He had several violinists on his father's side of his family tree, and he and his brothers all studied different instruments and played chamber music at home. Boutellis-Taft took up the violin at six, enrolled at the Tours Conservatory three years later, and went on to the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with Suzanne Gessner and earned a First Prize at age 16. He went abroad for further studies at the Royal College of Music in London (where he earned an Artist Diploma), the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and finally Tel Aviv University, where he worked with Hagai Shaham. Boutellis-Taft also took master classes with Ida Haendel, Shlomo Mintz, and Igor Oistrakh, among others. His performing career took off in the 2010s with appearances at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Boutellis-Taft appeared in the U.S. with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ohio and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts, and he has continued to cultivate an American career, dividing his time between Paris and New York. He has appeared at numerous summer festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. Boutellis-Taft has performed violin-and-piano works with pianist-composers Paul Cantelon and Tara Kamangar, both of whom have written new works for him. More unusually, Boutellis-Taft has been a member, since 2015, of the duo La Rose et La Réséda with violinist Irène Duval. He made his recording debut in 2016 with pianist Guillaume Vincent on the critically lauded album Entre Orient and Occident, on the Evidence label, and in 2020, he released the album Incantation on the Aparte label, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Jac van Steen.
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 7 oktober 2016 | Evidence
Some years before the release of his Incantation, in which a number of colleagues from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra joined him to champion the great works of French violin music, the debut album from violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft, under the label Evidence, offered a somewhat bizarre journey merging well-known works from the repertoire of chamber music like the Sonatas of Janáček and Claude Debussy and even Chausson’s Poème. But what’s immediately interesting here are the unusual works of Komitas, André Hossein and even Philippe Hersant, who has few recordings to his name. Pianist Guillaume Vincent acts an attentive partner who proves his musicality here and talents as a chamber musician. © Qobuz
Klassiek - Verschenen op 21 februari 2020 | Aparté
"Incantation" holds many mysteries. The brilliant violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft strips away the veil of its secret powers, the ones that lie inside his violin’s fascinating chant. Sometimes violent and fiery, as in Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, sometimes tender, as in Tchaikovsky and Bruch, incantation is indeed deeply rooted in musical history, from the baroque era, with Vitali’s Chaconne, to the ‘Yumeji’s Theme’, part of the soundtrack of the film In the Mood for Love. Over and over, it kept inspiring many composers their most captivating works. Virgil Boutellis-Taft and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under’s Jac Van Steen direction, show remarkable eloquence in this magical recording: one can only fall under these spells. © Aparté
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