The Indiana University Violin Virtuosi is a unique collection of nine violinists between the ages of 10 and 17 who perform as soloists and as a violin ensemble. Their repertoire includes the music of Bach, Brahms, Bartok, Kreisler, Prokofiev, Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Telemann, Dinucu-Heifetz and many innovative contemporary compositions which have been written for the ensemble.
The performers are gifted students who study at the Indiana University String Academy. They live in Bloomington and as far away as 350 miles. They are immersed in an intense musical curriculum of weekly private lessons, chamber music, theory, master classes, and Violin Virtuosi rehearsals. The Violin Virtuosi have performed throughout the world. In June 2003 the Virtuosi completed their fourth successful tour of France, and this past June were enthusiastically received on their tour of Japan. The Virtuosi have been featured on the NPR program, “From the Top” and in June 2002, performed a benefit concert for the Harlem School for Strings-OPUS 118 at Carnegie Recital Hall. Many of the students have won local and national competitions and aspire to be professional violinists. Those that decide to pursue other careers take with them a love and understanding of music developed over many years of study.
The String Academy and Mimi Zweig are recent recipients of a grant from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.
Mimi Zweig, Director
Brenda Brenner, Assistant Director
Chih-Yi Chen, Piano
School of Music
Bloomington , Indiana 47405