Violinist Johnny Gandelsman was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. His father Yuri is a professor of viola here at Michigan State University. His mother Janna is a pianist, and his sister Natasha is a violinist as well.
Johnny Gandelsman is well known for his roles in the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and the multi-faceted Silk Road Ensemble, two of today’s notable stereotype-defying music groups.
Gandelsman performs one of his instrument’s most soul-searching and technically challenging bodies of work tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm at the Cook Recital Hall at MSU--Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.