IntroductionViolinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and studied the violin 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 played with the Israel Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zurich, Bamberg Symphony, Copenhagen Radio and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, as well as the Philharmonica de la Scala, Berliner Philharmoniker and many others.
His success brought him quickly to the world's most important venues and he has collaborated with musicians such as Issac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Fedosejew, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Lioba Braun, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Ushida, Andrey Boreyko, Lang Lang, Jonathan Nott, Emmanuel Ax, Gary Bertini, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Semyon Bychkov and Angelika Kirschlager.
Between 2003 and 2007 Guy held the position of Professor of Music in the University of the Arts (Universitaet der Kunst) in Berlin and since 2006 has been the Music Director of the Rolandseck festival in Germany where he has welcomed international stars such as Emmanuel Pahud, Hélène Grimaud, Amihai Grosz and François Leleux.
Guy was the youngest person to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position which heralded his debut as an orchestral member. He retired from this position at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Highlights of his 2014-15 season include concerto performances with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra & Ulster Orchestra. Guy will also play-direct concerts with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Noord Nederlands Orkest and the Poznan Philharmonic amongst others. He will perform chamber music and recitals throughout Europe as well as appearing at the Mozart Festival in Bogota.
Guy plays a rare violin made by Francesco Roggieri in 1679.