Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Conversation with Filip Pogady, virtuoso violinist

Born in Bratislava (Slovakia), Filip moved with his family to Austria as a child and began his violin studies at Age 7.  Just one year later he was admitted to the Bruckner Conservatory pre-college in Linz.  He gave his first recital at age 10 and made his solo debut with an orchestra at age 11 at the Weiner Konzerthaus after winning the first prize at the Suzuki violin competition.  His three-time participation in Austria's nationwide music competition "Prima La Musica" garnered him three first prizes. 
After being invited by Pinchas Zukerman personally to study with him, Mr. Pagody earned his Master's degree in violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship.  Since then he has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center, Rudolphinum Prague, Weiner Konzerthaus, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, Brucknerhaus Lince, Le Poisson Rouge, Ed Sullivan Theater and the Apollo theater.  His TV appearances have included the "Late Show" with David Letterman and a guest starring on Louis CK's popular TV-show "Louis," where he acted as a subway violinist.  Filip lays a 1704 Alessandro Gagliano violin, generously loaned to him by an anonymous donor. 

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