He is a violinist, concertmaster, conductor and
teacher born in Cannes, France as the eldest of five children. He first took his studies at Le Mans
Conservatory when he was seven years old and currently holds the record as
the youngest pupil ever to have graduated from there at the age of
eleven. At the same age he made
his debut performance on French national radio.
He followed that by attending the Paris Conservatoire
when he was thirteen and at just sixteen years old he was a first prize
recipient on three occasions.
Later studies would see him going over to the United States where he
attended Indiana University under the tutelage of teachers such as William
Primrose and Josef Gingold.
After getting himself known as a professional musician
he was given the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago
Symphony by Sir Georg Solti in 1972.
After a time he became the Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony
Orchestra in Missouri and in 1988 he travelled north to Canada where he
took on the same position with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, remaining
there for the next 20 years.
His time with the Toronto Symphony saw him also performing as a
member of the Toronto Symphony String Quartet.
During his career he has worked with numerous other
musicians who include acclaimed artists such as Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Kanae
Matsumoto and Jukka-Pekka Saraste and he has appeared as a guest soloist
with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the China National Symphony
Orchestra of Beijing, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver
Symphony to name a few.
No stranger to the studio, his internationally
acclaimed recordings of works by composers such as Beethoven, Grieg and
Mozart include the Juno Award nominated “Suite Hebraique”
and others such as 42 Kreutzer Etudes, “Solo Suite”, Suite
Enfantine” and “Suite Francaise”.
He and his son, the percussionist Michael
Israelivitch, formed their own duo in 1999 and proceeded to perform
commissions and premieres as well as release their album Hammer and Bow. Aside from this duo he is a member
of the New Arts Trio.
In the field of musical education he is
Chair-of-Strings at the Chautauqua Institution in the summer months and has
been a member of the faculties of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the
University of Toronto and York University.
Recognised for his
contribution of music his native France awarded him the honour of being
made Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1995 and 9 years
later he was made Officier.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Recordings
SMCD 5119 I (CD - Adeste Fidelis)
Toronto Symphony Orchestra and
Conductor - Jean Ashworth Bartle
Soloists - Louis and Gino Quilico