Internationally acclaimed violinist Jacques Israelievitch will present a master class Friday (March 27) at the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts.

It will begin at 6 p.m. in the Antoinette Falbo Theatre and is free and open to the public.

Israelievitch is one of the most distinguished performing artists in North America and abroad. After making his debut on French National Radio at age 11, he went on to graduate from the Paris Conservatory at age 16 and was the prize winner at the International Paganini Competition. His teachers include Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, William Primrose and Josef Gingold.

As a soloist, Israelievitch has collaborated with Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis and Rafael Frhbeck de Burgos and appeared with many of the worlds major orchestras. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman and Yo-Yo Ma, and he is violinist for New Arts Trio, a two-time Naumburg Award recipient.

Israelievitch served as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a record-setting 20 years, and he was formerly assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years and concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. He is currently chair of strings at the Chautauqua Institution and a full-time faculty member at York University in Toronto. In growing demand as a conductor, he has been music director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

Israelievitchs discography features more than 100 albums, including the Juno Award-nominatedSuite Hebraiqueand the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzers42 Studiesfor solo violin. He has premiered and recorded several concertos, including R. Murray SchafersThe Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveler.

In 2004, the French government named Israelievitch Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the performing arts in Canada.

For more information, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841 ext. 3108.