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James Oliver Buswell


"Buswell demonstrated that he is now a formidable artist with a strong, vibrant sound, incisive attack, secure intonation, warm temperament, and thoughtful phrasing - the playing of a man who would appear to possess broad cultural interests."

"Buswell has the usual attributes that all fine violinists share. But Ysaye's Ballade and Bach's Partita No. 2 were made of greater stuff. Both were superlative animations of the written score and bore rich testament to Buswell's vision."

"Violinist Buswell plays everything with evident love as well as technical aplomb."
~ review of Walter Piston Violin Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto No. 2, and Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Theodore Kuchar

Recordings by James Oliver Buswell

With a great-grandfather who was a Presbyterian minister, a grandfather who was a theologian, and a father who was an anthropologist, it might have seemed a certainty that James Oliver Buswell IV would follow into the world of academia. However, it was his pianist and organist mother who nurtured his musical talents. As a result, the Fort Wayne, Indiana, native began lessons on the piano and violin when he was only five. By the age of seven, he had become the youngest-ever violin soloist with the New York Philharmonic Children’s Concerts.

James Buswell studied at the Juilliard School where he was a pupil of Ivan Galamian. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University where his major field of study was early Renaissance painting and sculpture (carrying a full academic course while simultaneously concertizing on a forty-four city tour during his freshman year). He won first prize in the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, D.C. which led to solo appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra. In 1965 he played the Mendelssohn concerto in New York with the visiting Pittsburgh Orchestra under William Steinberg and the Stravinsky concerto with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. For over ten years James Buswell was Professor of Violin and conductor at Indiana University School of Music. James Buswell currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife, cellist Carol Ou. His teaching activities center around New England Conservatory of Music where he is Professor of Violin. Professor Buswell also gives master classes internationally and recently has been Artist In Residence and Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Amherst College.

James Buswell has performed nearly one hundred works for violin and orchestra spanning three centuries. For many years a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Bach Aria Group, Professor Buswell appears frequently as a guest artists at numerous music festivals such as those in Santa Fe, Marlboro and Sarasota as well as at events in Italy, Australia, and the Czech Republic. Active as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and educator, James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians performing today. He has appeared with virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States and Canada, as well as with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, George Szell, and Michael Tilson Thomas. In recital, he is noted for adventuresome programming, regularly combining standard masterpieces with works that are less well-known.

James Buswell is as closely associated with new music as he has been with the standard repertoire. World premiere performances include works by Donald Erb, Charles Wuorinen, Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, William Bolcom, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Yehudi Wyner. Recording credits include the violin concerti and chamber music of Walter Piston and a 2003 Grammy nomination for a recent recording of the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto.

James Buswell plays the 1720 "Leveque" Stradivarius.

James Oliver Buswell management:
Schmidt Artists International, Inc.
59 East 54th Street, Suite 83
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 1-212-421-8500
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