Violin & Conductors

Guy Braunstein


Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv and studied under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman.

He started performing as an international soloist and a chamber musician at a young age and has since performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors.  His chamber music collaborations have included projects with Issac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida and Angelika Kirschlager to name a few.

He was the youngest person ever to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position he held for twelve years before leaving to pursue his solo career.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerto performances with Danish National Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Bournemouth Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest and Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro di Fenice amongst others. Guy is increasingly in demand as a conductor and next season will conduct orchestras including Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Trondheim Symphony, Hamburger Symphoniker and Lahti Symphony. Guy will also perform chamber music and recitals throughout Europe.

Guy plays a rare violin made by Francesco Roggieri in 1679.


Performance Schedule


  • 11 Mar 12 Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time : 11 March 2012
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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    with the West-Eastern Divan Soloists.

    “The emotional peak was scaled instead by Braunstein’s violin in the sorrowing adagio, his tone fragile, a whisper away from tears.”
    Geoff Brown, The Times

  • 29 Jan 12 Brahms Violin Concerto: 29 January 2012
    Laeiszhalle Hamburg
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    with the Hamburger Symphoniker & Jeffrey Tate.

    “Braunstein displayed a carefree confidence throughout his performance … the introduction was glacial but so beautifully executed that it felt right, the rich string tone filling the hall in spite of the hushed dynamics. Braunstein’s flexibility, particularly in the upper register, allowed for sweet tone on the more lyrical bits.”
    Erik Klackner, KC Metropolis

  • 26 Jan 12 Brahms Violin Concerto : 26 January 2012
    Kansas City
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    with the Hamburger Symphoniker & Jeffrey Tate.

    “Braunstein’s technical polish could only be that of a truly world-class musician. Every note, every phrase was as close to perfect as can be.”
    John Heuertz, Kansas City Star

  • 22 Jan 12 Brahms Violin Concerto: 22 January 2012
    Worcester MA
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    with the Hamburger Symphoniker & Jeffrey Tate.

    “Guy Braunstein aptly demonstrated why the Berlin Philharmonic picked him to be its concertmaster. He deftly tossed off Brahms’ fierce pyrotechnics with fluency, finesse and suave sound from his Roggieri 1679 violin … The delicately nuanced vibrato of the adagio, achieved an ethereal, arresting serenity, juxtaposed with the scrambling gypsy explosions of the last movement. In all it was a dazzling performance that quickly brought the large audience to its feet.”
    John Zeugner, Worcester Telegram

  • 29 Oct 13 Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1: 26 October 2013
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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    with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgårds.

    “The highlight of the evening was Guy Braunstein’s mesmerising performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no 1 in A minor … The achingly beautiful playing from Braunstein and the orchestra in the Passacaglia slow movement inevitably brought to mind the composer’s personal struggles. Woodwind and tuba, a strange pairing, combined to good effect, followed by some deeply moving playing from Braunstein. His sound worked very well in conjunction with solo horn and cor anglais, and he showed great willingness to balance himself to the melody of the lower strings in places. There was rapt silence for his superbly beguiling cadenza, all rustles and coughs suspended for a moment.
    The more dashing passages also came off with outstanding results. Storgårds maintained close engagement with his forces, crouching and lunging at times, to inspire vivacious energy in the playing. The vigorous percussive passages, with bold statements on timpani and xylophone, brought to mind the sound world of the Nielsen we would later hear. Braunstein gave similarly fierce bow attacks and a sense of tireless energy. The agility and direct sound of his Shostakovich is well suited to the Philharmonic strings, and both he and the orchestra fully deserved the huge cheer that answered the last note. It is uncommon to see an audience so totally won over by a concerto, but the high quality of playing from both soloist and orchestra tonight earned multiple calls back to the stage. On the fourth, Braunstein offered an encore of a Fritz Kreisler work for violin and piano; after jokingly looking around for a piano, and muttering during the piano passages, he launched into a superbly witty digestif to the concerto. The grinning orchestra craned their necks to see him, and the audience seemed thrilled at the interval.”
    **** Rohan Shotton,

  • 28 Feb 14 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto: 26 February 2014
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham
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    with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Karl-Heinz Steffens.

    “His playing revealed the soul of a poet…Braunstein’s performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto won many admirers; it eschewed outward glamour but got to the heart of the work.”
    **** Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post

  • 21 Mar 14 Beethoven Triple Concerto: 21 March 2014
    Symphony Hall Boston
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    with the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Christoph von Dohnányi.

    “Violinist Guy Braunstein, making his BSO debut, played with a sweet, slender tone and deftly handled his part’s virtuoso demands.”
    David Wright, Boston Classical Review

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  • 01 Apr 14 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto: 28 March 2014
    Ohio Theater, Ohio
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    with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra & Anu Tali.

    “In the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s
    Violin Concerto, soloist Guy Braunstein, formerly concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, brought an effortless fluidity to Tchaikovsky’s never-ending melodies and sailed through technical passages, including an electrifying performance of the cadenza. Tali led the orchestra in a meticulous accompaniment.
    While Braunstein sang through the opening phrases of the second movement Canzonetta, Tali brought out the countermelodies in the violins, then celli, then violas
    with rare clarity. Her pacing and dynamic shaping of the orchestral interlude leading to the final movement was masterly.
    In the finale, Braunstein’s sizzling technical passages, coupled with Tali’s unwavering command, made the entire movement seem all too easy. The performance brought about a well-deserved standing ovation, which Braunstein rewarded with a Fritz Kreisler encore (sans piano).”
    Jennifer Hambrick, The Columbus Dispatch

  • 05 Jan 15 Bruch Violin Concerto: 4 January 2015
    Laeiszhalle, Hamburg
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    with the Hamburger Symphoniker & Ion Marin.

    “Das lag auch am neuen Ersten Gastdirigenten Ion Marin, der seiner Aufgabe mit einer einnehmenden Mischung aus Präzision, Willenskraft und Sanftmut nachgeht. Bei Max Bruchs Violinkonzert, das Guy Braunstein höchst musikantisch, voller Sensibilität und mit einer das Orchester beflügelnden Hingabe spielte, schien die Matrix dafür auf, wie Beziehung gelingt: Wenn jeder sein Bestes für den anderen gibt, vor allem aber für die gemeinsame Sache.”
    Hamburger Abendblatt

  • 21 Feb 15 Delius & Vaughan Williams Violin Concerto & The Lark Ascending: 21 February 2015
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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    with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & John Storgards.

    “Assisted by the unerring sensitivity of the BBC Philharmonic, Braunstein held the audience in thrall creating a spellbinding mood of bittersweet reflection. How gratifying it was to have the opportunity of hearing this concerto that resides on the fringes of the repertoire. Guy Braunstein returned after the interval for Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending … This was a sterling job from Braunstein bringing freshness to this pastoral score from 1914, a reminder of the pre-Great War innocence that was about to be left behind. Using a marvellously sounding Francesco Roggieri (1679) instrument Braunstein’s use of subtle shading and sharpness of focus was magical and the audience was so absorbed you could hear a pin drop.”
    Michael Cookson, Seen and Heard International

  • 03 Apr 15 Mozart Sinfonia Concertante: 1 April 2015
    Teatro Villa Mayor, Bogotá
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    with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá.

    “Israeli soloists Guy Braunstein and Ori Kam gave the evening’s standout performance, joining forces for the sublime Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major … Kam, violist in the Jerusalem Quartet, offered a wonderfully warm, full sound, contrasting well against Braunstein, with his bright, smiling tone. Lyrical phrasing and alert interplay between the two soloists made this a performance to cherish. Their musicality brought out the best in the Filarmónica too, playful pizzicatos and chattering woodwinds a pleasure to hear.”
    Mark Pullinger,

  • 19 Oct 16 VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS, SAINT-SAENS, WEBERN & BRAHMS Concert: 13 October 2016
    Vigo Concert Hall
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    with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.

    “The evening opened successfully with an authentic lesson of sensitivity on the part of Braunstein and the Symphonic musicians.We enjoyed a sublime recreation of one of the most beautiful canvases of British music: Vaughan Williams’ Ascending Lark. Braunstein made easy the difficult, making the sound of his violin as fluid and undulating as the flight of the lark that inspires the work … ”
    Pablo Sánchez Quinteiro, Bachtrack, 19 October 2016

  • 18 Nov 16 BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto: 18 November 2016
    Philharmonie de Paris
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    with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Tugan Sokhiev, Istvan Vardai & Sunwook Kim.

    “C’est sous une pluie d’applaudissements que les trois solistes sont entrés en scène ornant que l’orchestre sepurait d’une partie de ses percussions pour un Triple concerto de Beethoven que le maestro Sokhiev a dirigé des le première notes sur le mode de la douceur. L’Orchestre du Capitole a commencé  presque sur un chuchotement pour monter vite vers la puissance claire du premier mouvement « allegro ». Puissance qui a d’ailleurs tellement impressionné le public que les applaudissements sont venus saluer l’interprétation au milieu du concerto. Menés par l’archet suave et doux de Istvan Vardai les trois solistes se sont renvoyés les notes de Beethoven comme des balles, le pianiste modulant avec une sensibilité infinie les thèmes que l’énergique duo Vardai / Braunstein se renvoyait.  La mélancolie du mouvement « Largo » a mis le violoncelliste au premier plan et les interprètes sont passés sans transition au dernier mouvement « Rondo alla Polacca » avec une vivacité et une brillance folles. En bis, Istvan Vardai, Guy Braunstein et Sunwook Kim ont joué avec une joie non dissimulée l’andante du premier trio de Mendelssohn.”
    ***** Par Yaël, Toute La Culture, 20 November 2016


Concerto no. 1 in a minor, BWV 1041
Concerto no. 2 in E Major, BWV 1042
Concerto for 2 Violins in d minor, BWV 1043

Concerto no. 1
Concerto no. 2

Concerto in D major, op. 61
Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello in C major, op. 56 “Triple”

Concerto for Violin & Orchestra

Concerto in D major, op. 77
Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra in a minor, op. 102

Concerto no. 1 in g minor, op. 26
Scottish Fantasy



Concerto in C major

Symphonie Espagnole, op.21

Concerto no. 3 in G major, K 216
Concerto no. 4 in D major, K 218 “Strasbourg”
Concerto no. 5 in A Major, K219 “Turkish”
Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K 364 (K 320d)

Concerto in e minor, op. 64
Double Concerto

Concerto no. 2 in g minor, op. 63

Concerto no. 1, op.99

Concerto in d minor, op. 47

Concerto no. 1

Concerto in D major, op. 35

Concerto in D minor, op.22

The Four Seasons, RV 199