Gwendolyn Masin

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Gwendolyn Masin is one of today‘s significant concert violinists. She is celebrated for “setting first-rate standards in concert performance with her technically superior, refined, intensive and richly contrasting expression” (Der Bund). Masin is descendant of a lineage of classically-trained musicians and remembers playing violin as naturally as having a conversation when she was a child. Her formative years were shaped by musical instruction, world travel, performing for audiences in reputable concert halls, and collecting accolades internationally – all by the age of five. At eleven she gained national exposure in Ireland after appearing on The Late Late Show. She has been a regular guest on TV and radio shows and has performed to critical acclaim throughout Europe, Russia, South Africa, the Middle East, and North America as a soloist with renowned orchestras and as a chamber musician.
Masin holds degrees with highest honors from the Royal Schools of Music in London, England; the Hoch- schule der Künste in Berne, Switzerland; and the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany. Her teachers include Herman Krebbers, Igor Ozim, Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Masin began to actively cultivate her own style of violin-playing, her identity as an artistic tour de force, and receive numerous international awards and prizes while carrying out formal studies.
Not only is she an esteemed soloist and chamber musician, Masin also writes, transcribes music, and advises composers. Collaboration with contemporary artists is a large part of Masin‘s repertoire. In an effort to make music more accessible, Masin commissions artists – closely working with them and performing their music or integrating their art form into her interpretations.
It is a disservice to all other facets of this modern-day Renaissance woman to regard her solely as a musician. Research and application of music methodology are an inseparable part of Masin‘s undertakings. Her docto- ral thesis from Trinity College examines the similarities and differences within 20th-century violin pedagogy. In 2009, the award-winning Michaela‘s Music House, The Magic of the Violin was published by Müller & Schade. Authored by Masin, the book serves to instruct beginner violinists and will be translated into German in 2014, accompanied by the author’s personal exercises and compositions.
Presently, Masin teaches violin and chamber-music masterclasses at institutes and festivals throughout Europe and North America and gives lecture recitals and talks concerning her areas of expertise. She is Professor of Violin Studies at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, since September 2013.
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Masin is also greatly involved in curating and producing music festivals. Most prominent for Masin is her role as Artistic Director of GAIA, an annual festival held in Switzerland, recognized as one of the country‘s most important. It brings together acclaimed musicians for a long weekend of concerts and community. Masin also co-directs and produces the audio and visual media that is showcased as part of GAIA in collaboration with Naxos, the world‘s leading classical music group.
The 2016/2017 season is witness to the arrival of anticipated performances with the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra of South Korea and chamber music concerts with musicians such as Kit Armstrong (piano), Simon Bucher (piano) and Rachel Harnisch (soprano). She will be an adjudicator at the Valiant Violin Competition, and expand GAIA Music Festival to include the city of Geneva. This season also heralds the completion of
a number of recordings and collaborations. Set to debut in early 2017 is an album made with her long- standing duo partner, pianist Simon Bucher. This collection will feature repertoire ranging from Debussy and Ravel to Stravinsky and Szymanowski. Other releases include her interpretation of Eugène Ysaÿe‘s, Ballade, as well as the album, ORIGIN, a collection of the compositions and improvisations that are the basis of Gwendolyn’s bravura repertoire and encores. These works have been released by Fountainhead Productions, in collaboration with Naxos, and can be found worldwide on a number of digital platforms including Amazon and iTunes as well as on CD. During autumn 2016, a limited-edition, vinyl version of ORIGIN will be released and include a bonus track. Masin has also worked with Bernese chansonnier, Oli Kehrli, on his third album Zuekunftsnostalgie as a featured player, co-composer, and co-producer. This collection is currently available to the public.
Masin‘s intrinsic ability to play the violin is not simply inherited, but founded in her voracious curiosity to understand human nature, musical expression, and the psychological connection to said expression.
She explains, “I feel that music is a perpetual companion and my life feeds and informs my love for it and vice- versa. The experience of live music is everything. To me, it’s the ultimate form of communication, moving
us into dimensions that language, for example, cannot reach. A word is not a sentence, but a note can be an entire story.”

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Repertoire

Kurt Atterberg
Incidental Music no. 3 to Syster Beatrice by Maurice Maeterlinck;
Suite for Violin, Viola and String Orchestra Op. 19,1
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
Double Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043
Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Concerto in D minor, reconstructed from BWV 1052
Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056

Béla Bartók
Concerto no. 1 Sz. 36 opus posth.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Charles-Auguste de Bériot
Concerto in A minor, Op. 104
Max Bruch
Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
John Buckley
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (dedicated to Gwendolyn Masin; USA premiere with Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Peter Shannon in Georgia, September 2013; European premiere with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Gavin Maloney in Dublin, Ireland, February 2015)
Ernest Chausson
Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21

Dmitri Kabalevsky
Concerto in C major, no. 2, Op. 48

Édouard Lalo
Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Concerto in D minor, opus posth.
Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto in G major, KV 216
Concerto in D major, KV 218
Concerto in A major, KV 219
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major KV 364 (320d)

Sergei Prokofiev
Concerto in G minor, no. 2, Op. 63
Camille Saint-Saëns
Concerto in B minor, no. 3
Jean Sibelius
Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Giovanni Battista Viotti
Concerto no. 22
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto no. 6 in A minor, RV 356
Concerto no. 10 in B minor, RV 580
Henryk Wieniawski
Concerto in D minor, no. 2, Op. 22

Solo works

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata no. I in G minor, BWV 1001
Sonata no. II in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita no. II in D minor, BWV 1004
Partita no. III in E major, BWV 1006

Heinrich J. Franz von Biber
Passacaglia

Jakob Jez
Vzgibi / Impulsions

Fritz Kreisler
Recitative and Scherzo Caprice, Op. 6
Niccolò Paganini
Caprices Op. 1 no. 1, in E major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 5, in A minor
Caprices Op. 1 no. 9, in E major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 10, in G minor
Caprices Op. 1 no. 11, in C major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 12, in A-flat major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 13, in B-flat major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 14, in E-flat major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 20, in D major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 21, in A major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 22, in F major
Caprices Op. 1 no. 24, in A minor

Paul Patterson
Luslawice Variations, Op. 50

Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasy no. 7
Martijn Voorvelt
Wiegeliedje
(World premiere, September 2008, Hillegom, The Netherlands)
Eugène Ysaÿe
Solo Sonata no. 2, Obsession, Op. 27
Solo Sonata no. 3, Ballade, Op. 27
Isang Yun
Königliches Thema

Pieces

Joseph Achron/Leopold Auer
Hebrew Melody

Isaac Albeniz
Tango, Op. 165, no. 2

Béla Bartók
Romanian Dances
Hungarian Folkdances

Béla Bartók / Josef Szigeti
Hungarian Folktunes

Ludwig van Beethoven
Romance, Op. 50
Variations on Folktunes, Op. 107, no. 3 & no. 7
Luciano Berio
Due Pezzi

Charles-Auguste de Bériot
Scene de Ballett, Op. 104
Ernest Bloch
Baal Shem Suite

Lili Boulanger
Nocturne

Arcangelo Corelli
La Folia

Manuel de Falla
Danse Espagnol

Claude Debussy
La Plus Que Lente

Gheorghe Dinicu/Jascha Heifetz
Hora Staccato

Antonín Dvořák
Humoresques
Romance, Op. 11

Gabriel Fauré
Sicilienne Op. 78

Joseph Hector Fiocco
Berceuse

Benjamin Godard
Berceuse

Willem ten Have
Allegro Brillant, Op. 19
Aram Khatchaturian
Sabre Dance

Hans Kox
Fantasia
Fritz Kreisler
Caprice Viennoise
Kleiner Wiener Marsch
La Gitana
Sicilienne et Rigaudon
Tempo di Menuetto

Fritz Kreisler/Niccolò Paganini
Moto Perpetuo

Don Li
Part 58
(World premiere, 17 July 2004, Tonus Labor, Berne, Switzerland)
15 Squared
(World premiere, 1 August 2001, Bundesplatz, Berne, Switzerland)

Witold Lutoslawski
Subito
Olivier Messiaen
Theme et Variations
Emil Mlynarski
Mazur
Vittorio Monti
Csardas

Fabio Nieder
ANNO 1896 (6 agosto 1944)
Leon Orthel
Capriccio, Op. 19
Niccolò Paganini
Cantabile

Arvo Pärt
Spiegel im Spiegel

Sergei Prokofiev
Five Melodies
Erika Radermacher
Chi oder X
Maurice Ravel
Piece en forme de Habanera
Tzigane

Camille Saint-Saëns
Dance Macabre
Havanaise
Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso

Pablo de Sarasate
Caprice Basque
Romanza Andaluza, Op. 22, no. 1
Zigeunerweisen
Robert Schumann
Fantasie Stücke
Igor Stravinsky
Berceuse from L’oiseau de feu

Josef Suk
Four Pieces
Johan Svendsen
Romance, Op. 26
Eric Sweeney
Duo for Violin and Piano
(World premiere, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland)
Karol Szymanowski
Chant de Roxane from King Roger

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Melodie, Op. 42/3
Valse Scherzo, Op. 34
Valse Sentimentale
Tommaso Antonio Vitali
Chaconne
Antonio Vivaldi
Agitata da due venti from Griselda

Maria Theresia von Paradis
Sicilienne

Martijn Voorvelt
Raging, Building
Klaas de Vries
Songs and Dances
Peter-Jan Wagemans
Great Expectations, Op. 26
Henryk Wieniawski
La Legende
Mazurka Obertass, Op. 19
Scherzo Tarantelle, Op. 16

Sonatas

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata Op. 12, no. 1 in D major (no. 1)
Sonata Op. 12, no. 2 in A major (no. 2)
Sonata Op. 23, in A minor (no. 4)
Sonata Op. 24, in F major, Spring (no. 5)
Sonata Op. 30, no. 2 in C minor (no. 7)
Sonata Op. 47, in A major, Kreutzer (no. 9)
Johannes Brahms
Sonata Op. 78, no. 1 in G major
Sonata Op. 100, no. 2 in A major
Sonata Op. 108, no. 3 in D minor
Scherzo Op. WoO 2 in C minor
Claude Debussy
Sonata in G minor
Edward Elgar
Sonata in E minor, Op. 82
Gabriel Fauré
Sonata Op. 13, no. 1 in A major
Jean Françaix
Sonatine
César Franck
Sonata in A major
Edvard Grieg
Sonata Op. 45, no. 3 in C minor
Georg Friedrich Händel
Sonata no. 6
Leoš Janáček
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Jean-Marie Leclair
Sonata in D major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata KV 29 in D major
Sonata KV 301 in G major
Sonata KV 304 in E minor
Sonata KV 305 in A major
Sonata KV 378 in B-flat major
Sonata KV 379 in G major
Sonata KV 380 in E-flat major
Sonata KV 402 in A major
Sonata KV 403 in C major
Sonata KV 526 in A major
Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata Op. 80, no. 1 in F minor
Sonata Op. 94a, no. 2 in D major
Maurice Ravel
Sonata in G minor, Blues
Julius Röntgen
Sonata in F minor
Urs Peter Schneider
Sonata Androgyn I
Franz Schubert
Sonata D 384, no. 1 in D major
Sonata D 408, op. posth. 137, 3 in G minor
Sonata D 574, op. posth. 162 in A major, Grand Duo
Robert Schumann
Sonata Op. 105, no. 1 in A minor
Sonata Op. 121, no. 2 in D minor
Jean-Baptiste Senallie
Sonata in G major

Chamber Music

Anton Stepanovich Arensky
String Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op. 35

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo, BWV 1079 in C minor
from the Musical Offering

Samuel Barber
String Quartet no. 1, Op. 11
Béla Bartók
Forty-Four Duos for Two Violins
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Trio, Op. 1, no. 1
String Quartet, Op. 54
String Quartet, Op. 95 in F minor, Quartetto serioso
Septet, Op. 20 in E-flat major
Luigi Boccherini
Quintet for Strings and Guitar, no. 4 in D major
Alexander Borodin
String Quartet no. 2 in D major
Johannes Brahms
Horn Trio, Op. 40 in E-flat major
Piano Quartet, Op. 25 in G minor
Piano Quartet, Op. 60 in C minor
Piano Quintet in F major Op. 34, in a reconstruction
for String Quintet with two Violoncelli
Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Ouverture pour le Sacre d'un Évêque, H.536
Ernest Chausson
Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21 in D major
Raymond Deane
Ice Flowers for Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello and Piano
(Irish premiere, 1-3 October 2010, Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre in Wicklow; Greenacres Gallery in Wexford; Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin)

Claude Debussy
String Quartet, Op. 10 in G minor
Antonín Dvořák
Terzetto, Op. 74 in C major
String Quartet, Op. 96 in F major, American
Piano Trio no. 4 in E minor Op. 90, Dumky
Piano Quintet, Op. 81 in A major

Edward Elgar
Piano Quintet, Op. 84 in A minor
Thorsten Encke
Paul Klee Splitter, Monodrama for One Actor and Small Ensemble
(Violin, Violoncello, Piano and Percussion) based on texts by Paul Klee
(World premiere, 21 March 2010, Auditorium Martha Müller,
Zentrum Paul Klee, Berne, Switzerland)

Georges Enesco
String Octet, Op. 7
César Franck
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 14
George Gershwin
Summertime from Porgy and Bess (arrangement for Piano Trio by Daniel Schnyder)
Sofia Gubaidulina
Seven Words

Georg Friedrich Händel / Johan Halvorsen
Passacaglia for Violin and Viola or Violoncello
Sarabande for Violin and Viola or Violoncello
Georg Friedrich Händel
Concerto à 4 HWV Anh. B 311

Joseph Haydn
String Quartet, Op. 64, no. 5 in D major, The Lark (Hob III:63)
Piano Trio, in G major, The Gypsy (Hob XV:25)

Wilfried Hiller
Die zerstreute Brillenschlange for Narrator, Clarinet and Bordun;
Text by Michael Ende
Leos Janácek
String Quartet, no. 2, Intimate Letters
Gustav Mahler
Piano Quartet in A minor
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Piano Trio, Op. 49 in D minor
String Quartet, Op. 44, no. 1 in D major
Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 (fragment–no. 7)
String Octet, Op. 20 in E-flat major

Tarquinio Merula
Ciacona

Olivier Messiaen
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet, KV 159, no. 6
String Quartet, KV 458 in B-flat major, The Hunt
Piano Quartet, KV 478 in G minor
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major KV 364 (320d) in an arrangement
for String Sextet
Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition in a transcription for Piano and String Quintet
Astor Piazzolla
Verano Porteno from Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas in an arrangement for Piano Trio
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Trio élegiaque no. 1 in G minor
String Quartet no. 1 (unfinished), Romanze & Scherzo

Maurice Ravel
Piano Trio in A minor
Pablo de Sarasate
Navarra for Two Violins
Daniel Schnyder
Tales from Another Time
ad parnassum for Violin, Violoncello and Piano
(World premiere, 10 May 2015, GAIA Music Festival)
Franz Schrecker
Intermezzo
Franz Schubert
Piano Trio in E-flat major D 897 (Op. posth. 148), Notturno
Piano Trio in B-flat major D 898, Op. 99
Quintet, D. 667, Trout
String Quintet in C major D 956 (Op. posth. 163)

Robert Schumann
String Quartet, Op. 41, no. 3 in A major
Piano Quartet, Op. 47 in E-flat major
Piano Quintet, Op. 44 in E-flat major
Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Trio, Op. 8 in C minor
Piano Trio no. 2 in E minor Op. 67
String Quartet, Op. 73, no. 3 in F major
Richard Strauss
Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
Igor Stravinsky
Three Pieces for String Quartet
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano Trio, Op. 50 in A minor
String Sextet, Op. 70, Souvenir de Florence
Georg Philipp Telemann
Quadro TWV 43:g94 in G minor
Marco Uccellini
Aria sopra la Bergamasca

Henryk Wieniawski
Etudes / Caprices for Two Violins Op. 18 (complete)

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