Mark Kaplan has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation. His flourishing career in Europe began in 1975 when he was asked to replace Pinchas Zukerman in a concert conducted by Lawrence Foster in Cologne. On that occasion the critic of the Koelnische Rundschau wrote: "One needs no gift of prophecy to foresee that Mark Kaplan will soon conquer the great musical centres of Europe." This led to engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic with Klaus Tennstedt which launched his international career.
He has subsequently performed in all the principal European cities including London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Zurich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Milan as well as the Far East and Australia, and has collaborated with many of the world's foremost conductors, among them Ormandy, Tennstedt, Maazel, Masur, Dutoit, Bychkov, Conlon, Foster, Rattle, Salonen, Skrowaczewski, Slatkin, Lazarev, Gatti and Zinman. He has appeared regularly at the major summer festivals such as Aspen, Blossom, Chautauqua, Grant Park, Ravinia, Saratoga, Wolf Trap and Santa Fe.
Mark Kaplan's repertoire stretches from the baroque to the present day. Strongly committed to contemporary music, he gave the European premiere of Marc Neikrug's Violin Concerto in 1985 with the Hallé Orchestra and in 1995 he played the Elliott Carter Violin Concerto in Paris with the Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by David Robertson. Last season his performed repertoire ranged from a recital of six Bach sonatas at the Bucharest Music Festival to the John Adams Violin Concerto with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in Sweden.
In the USA he has played with nearly every major American Orchestra including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC, and the symphony orchestras of St. Louis. Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Dallas and Houston. He is currently Professor of Violin at UCLA in California.
Mark Kaplan's first concerto recording of Paganini and Wieniawski violin concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra received impressive reviews in England and abroad. He has also recorded Schubert works with David Golub, the solo works of Sarasate, and Bartok with Bruno Canino to much acclaim and a CD of Schumann sonatas with Anton Kuerti. His most recent recordings include Viotti concertos with the Padova Chamber Orchestra under the direction of David Golub, and Bartok Violin Concerto No. 2 and Dohnanyi Violin Concerto No. 2, recorded with Lawrence Foster and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona for Koch International Classics. He will shortly return to Barcelona too record a CD of works by Lalo.
In the field of chamber music he has formed the Golub Kaplan Carr trio with pianist David Golub and cellist Colin Carr. Following their successful debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1982, they give concerts each season in the USA and Europe, in the UK they have appeared regularly at the Wigmore Hall, the BBC's lunchtime concerts at St John's Smith Square and the Bath Festival. Their recordings of the complete Piano Trios of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms have received outstanding reviews: "they distinguish themselves with a dazzling virtuosity" wrote Diapason. A CD of Piano Trios by Smetana and Tchaikovsky has recently been released.
Engagements last season included performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gatti (Berg), RAI Torino conducted by Lazarev (Saint-Saëns No. 3), the Ulster Orchestra (Barber) and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona (Berg and Brahms). This year sees performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Hallé, the Berg Concerto with the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras as well as the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Bartók Concerto No. 2 with the Helsinki Philharmonic and with the Aspen Festival Orchestra conducted by Zinman and Korngold with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In June he will return to London to give the first recital in the City of London Festival's Beethoven Violin sonata series.
Mark Kaplan plays a violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1685. It is named The Marquis after the Marchese Spinola, whose family owned the violin for several generations.
Concerto Repertoire 2001/2
ADAMS - Violin Concerto
BARBER - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op 14 *
BARTOK - Concerto No 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Op Posth. *
BARTOK - Concerto No 2 for Violin and Orchestra (1938) *
BEETHOVEN - Concerto in D major, Op 61
BEETHOVEN - Romance in G major, Op 40
BEETHOVEN - Romance in F major, Op 5O
BERG - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1935) *
BERG - Chamber Concerto for Violin and Piano (1925) *
BRAHMS - Concerto in D major, Op 77 *
BRAHMS - Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello, Op 102 *
BRUCH - Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 26
BRUCH - Scottish Fantasy, Op 46 *
BUSONI - Concerto in D major, Op 35a
CARTER - Violin Concerto
CHAUSSON - Počme, Op 25 *
DOHNANYI - Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 43
DVORAK - Concerto in A minor, Op 53 *
ELGAR - Concerto in B minor, Op 61 *
KORNGOLD - Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (1945) *
LALO - Symphonic espagnole, Op 21 *
LIGETI - Violin Concerto
MARTINU - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1943)
MAW - Violin Concerto *
MENDELSSOHN - Concerto in E minor, Op 64
MENOTTI - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1952)
MOZART - Concerto No 3 in G major, K216 *
MOZART - Concerto No 4 in D major, K218 *
MOZART - Concerto No 5 in A major, K219 *
NEIKRUG - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
PAGANINI - Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 6 *
PAGANINI - Concerto No 2 In B minor, Op 7
PENDERECKI - Violin Concerto No 1 (1963)
PROKOFIEV - Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 19 *
PROKOFIEV - Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 63 *
RAVEL - Tzigane (1924) *
ROCHBERG - Violin Concerto (1974)
SAINT-SAENS - Concerto No 3 in B minor, Op 61 *
SAINT-SAENS - Introduction and rondo capriccioso, Op 28 *
SHOSTAKOVICH - Concerto No 2 in C sharp minor, Op 129 *
SCHUMANN - Concerto in D minor (1853) *
SIBELIUS - Concerto in D minor, Op 47 *
STRAUSS - Concerto in D minor, Op 8 *
STRAVISNKY - Concerto for Violin in D major *
SUK - Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op 24 *
SZYMANOWSKI - Concerto No 1, Op 35
TCHAIKOVSKY - Concerto in D major, Op 35
VIEUXTEMPS - Concerto No 4 in D minor, Op 31
VIOTTI - Concerto No 4 in D major
VIOTTI - Concerto No 22 in A minor
VIOTTI - Concerto No 24 in B minor
VIVALDI - The Four Seasons
WALTON - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1938-39) *
WEILL - Concerto for Violin and Winds, Op 12
WIENIAWSKI - Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op 22 *
* denotes preferred concerti
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