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Listen to Aurelien play Sonata #6 by Eugène Ysaÿe

Born in 1982 in Nancy, France, Aurelien Fort-Pederzoli began studying the violin at the age of 3. At the age of 7, he was brought before Music Director Maestro Kaltenbach to display his uniquely gifted command of the violin.The Music Director promptly engaged young Aurelien to perform a recital for a benefit for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nancy, which was to be his first professional concert in a major symphonic concert hall. Invitations subsequently flooded in from orchestras and concert halls for solo engagements and recitals which sent Aurelien off on a world-wide musical journey of nearly 100 performances a year throughout Europe, Japan and the United States.

His heavy schedule was divided between concertizing, and studying at the renown Paris Conservatory, which he officially entered at the age of 13. Until Aurelien was 18, he performed at the major international festivals and concert halls under the direction of some of the classical world's most legendary icons such as: Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and Valery Gergiev. He has also performed under the baton of Alan Heatherington, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, Cliff Colnot and many other Music Directors of note.

At the age of 18, Aurelien stopped touring to intensively study at the Bern Hochschule in Switzerland in the master-class of Professor Igor Ozim. He later resumed tours and performances until the age of 20. In 2001, Aurelien received many invitations to study at prestigious institutes which included the Juilliard School of Music in New York as well as the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. He turned down all offers and instead accepted the invitation to study with the noted pedagogue and violin virtuoso Shmuel Ashkenasi in Chicago. Mr. Ashkenasi is also founder of the highly regarded Vermeer String Quartet, which might have been one of the sparks that ignited Aurelien's love of chamber music. In addition to private study, Aurelien holds a soloist diploma from the Bern Hochschule, a Master's Degree in Violin Performance from De Paul University, and a Master's Degree in American Music from the University of Metz.

Aurelien performs on a rare 1717 Carlo Bergonzi violin, donated by Francis Akos, former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through Larry Block. The name Bergonzi is often associated along with the great violins of Stradivari and Guarneri, and renown artists like Itzak Perlman perform on a Bergonzi violin.

Photo by Paul Natkin

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