serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988
8 pm* Saturday, April 9, 2016
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Leonore Overture No. 3
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Joseph Gold, violin soloist
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
When San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Herb Caen described Joseph Gold as a "giant on earth," he was referring to that 'something extra' which he carries into every violin performance. Little wonder, then, that critics so often choose terms such as 'fearless virtuosity,' 'dynamic personality,' and 'colossal' and then go on to discuss the 'marvelously rich tone' which 'brings the audience to heights of enjoyment.'
Joseph Gold grew up in Southern California, the son of Russian emigre parents. He began his violin studies at the age of eight. A graduate of the University of Southern California, he had the privilege of being coached by the great Jascha Heifetz.
Mr. Gold, who makes his home in San Francisco, is an enthusiastic proponent of the "romantic revival" of Nineteenth Century violin music. He is an ardent author and lecturer on his two favorite virtuoso composer-performers, Paganini and Sarasate. Mr. Gold's numerous publications include his book, Paganini's Art of Violin Playing, as well as many transcriptions and original compositions. Mr. Gold's in-depth research into the life and work of Pablo de Sarasate has lead to the discovery of unpublished manuscripts.
Although steeped in the tradition of the Romantic style, Joseph Gold's programs are not restricted to the Nineteenth Century. He is an all-around musician who has premiered and championed many Twentieth Century compositions while maintaining a Baroque repertoire as large as many Baroque specialists.
Joseph Gold's warm personality and perfectly timed humor make him a popular guest artist on University campuses. He is eminently qualified as an "Artist in Residence" and holds a Master's Degree as well as three teaching credentials.