Born in 1972, Frederic Pelassy began his musical studies in France. By the time he was 12, he had completed these studies and given his first public concerts. Having heard him play Paganini, Yehudi Menuhin helped develop his early career, even though he was still too young to compete for any award.
Between the ages of 14 and 16, he received formal prizes from the most outstanding foundations in France – namely theMenuhin Foundation, the Festival Musical d’Automne des Jeunes Interprètes, theCziffra Foundation. He was also sponsored by the Philip Morris Foundation and laureate of the Tibor Varga international violin competition. He was 16 when he recorded his first CD. In the meantime he kept pursuing his studies, both academic and musical.
In 1987 Sándor Végh accepted him among his students at the SalzburgMozarteum, trusting him with a bow that had belonged to Joachim. One year later, he was selected by Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy to enter the GstaadInternational Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy. There he practised with both professors, becoming, at 16, the youngest member of the Camerata Lysy. On several occasions, he was given the privilege of playing as a soloist alongside or under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. He later studied under Walter Levin at the Chicago Steans Institute for Young Artists, with Mauricio Fuks in Montreal and Zakhar Bron in Santander. Within the space of a few years, Frederic Pelassy has been invited to perform in some fifty countries around the world.His discography comprises twenty five CDs, covering composers ranging from Bach to Debussy through Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky or Franck.
He also teaches violin in Paris at the Hector Berlioz Conservatoire and has given master-classes in several countries of Asia, Northern and Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe.
He plays a violin made by Stefan-Peter Greiner
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