Since his New York Carnegie Hall début at age 11, violinist Misha Keylin has continued to earn critical and audience acclaim for his exuberant musicality, keen interpretive insight and rare tonal beauty. Noted for a wide range of repertoire, Keylin attracted particular attention with his world-premiere three CD series, featuring all seven of Henry Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concertos, released on the Naxos label. These recordings have sold over 120,000 copies worldwide and have garnered numerous press accolades and awards (such as “Critic’s Choice” by The New York Times, Gramophone and The Strad). His most recent CD features Vieuxtemps’ violin showpieces with orchestra (Naxos 8.570974) and its continued success has led Naxos to invite Keylin to record the remaining orchestral works of Vieuxtemps.
In a career already spanning forty-five countries on five continents, Keylin has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Roberto Benzi, Irwin Hoffman, Eliahu Inbal, Vakhtang Jordania, Theodore Kuchar, Fabio Mechetti. John Nelson, Marco Parisotto, Alexander Schneider, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Bruno Weil and Takuo Yuasa. He has been guest soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Marseille Philharmonic, NDR Philharmonic of Hannover, Budapest Philharmonic, Israel Sinfonietta, Bologna Philharmonic, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile; in addition, he has performed with the National Symphony Orchestras of Ukraine, Latvia, Colombia, Costa Rica and other noted ensembles. United States concerto and recital appearances have brought him to major venues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Denver and San Francisco.
As an active chamber musician, he is a regular guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and has participated at the Aspen, Ravinia and Australian Chamber Music festivals, amongst others. In 2011, Keylin became a founding member of the Hermitage Piano Trio together with renowned soloists - Sergey Antonov (cello) and Ilya Kazantsev (piano).
Misha Keylin began musical studies with his mother in St. Petersburg, Russia. He immigrated to the USA at nine and was immediately accepted as a student by the legendary Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. After winning New York’s coveted Waldo Mayo Award as “Best Young Performer of the Year,” Keylin went on to capture top prizes in the prestigious Hannover (Germany), Paganini (Italy), Sarasate (Spain) and Viña del Mar (Chile) competitions. Keylin has been a Career Grant recipient of the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation and he currently resides in New York and performs on a violin made by Antonio Gagliano in 1831 and a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
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“Keylin’s rich, caramel tone and enviable crispness contributed to his stylish, fine honed playing…cleanly articulated, beautifully paced and sincere with expression.”
– The Washington Post
“Keylin displayed spontaneous energy, effortless artistry and phrasing that reflected the joy of the music.”
– The Strad (UK)
“He interpreted the Brahms sonata with rare beauty, and it was performed to its maximum. La Campanella was performed brilliantly and with spirit.… Dvorak concerto charmed the public with intense personality and deep projection of the sound.”
– Il Secolo XIX (Italy)
“The Russian virtuoso, Misha Keylin has [the Concertos’] full measure and he has the kind of Slavonic flair that brings these tuneful, well-crafted concertos fully to life.”
– Gramophone (UK)
“His performance of the Mozart concerto stood out with bravura and a warm tone. At the conclusion he received a prolonged ovation from the audience.”
– Potsdamer Neuste Nachrichten (Germany)
“In the performance of difficult works, he showed great control of the instrument. He is an accomplished performer.”
– El Mercurio (Chile)
“Keylin presented a wonderful lesson of control and showed a warm-colored tone in the risky score [of the Tchaikovsky concerto] even during such moments as the diabolic cadenza of the first movement.”
– La Voz de Galicia (Spain)
“…Misha Keylin, a strong violinist whose ‘juicy’ tone was one of the most appealing.… His playing was consistently vital, his dynamics well articulated and his penchant for lyricism definitive.”
– The Strad (UK)
“Keylin gave a sparkling performance of the Lalo Symphony Espagnole. His powerful, silky tone carried a performance that was technically pure and artistically well thought-out.”
– La Nacion (Costa Rica)