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Violinist Vadim Gluzman was mentored by Isaac Stern

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Vadim Gluzman was 16, a chance encounter with Isaac Stern kindled his rise to the stage.

Violinist Vadim Gluzman has homes in Chicago and Tel Aviv.

His family had moved from the Soviet Union to Jerusalem. Gluzman heard that Stern was listening to young violinists in the city’s music center. Although everyone else had made appointments two years in advance, the young musician barged in. The legendary Stern listened. Gluzman went home with a new violin, a scholarship, a stipend and the understanding that he knew nothing about music. But he had gained an invaluable mentor, a relationship that lasted until Stern’s death in 2001.

The now-internationally acclaimed violinist will perform in the St. Francis Auditorium of Santa Fe’s New Mexico Museum of Art on Saturday, Feb. 10. His wife, Angela Yoffe, will accompany him on piano.

Gluzman began studying the violin at age 7.

It was “out of spite,” he said in a telephone interview from Leipzig, Germany. “Back in the Soviet Union, my parents were music teachers, and I guess I was jealous. Why are you teaching others and not me?”

Today he balances homes in both Chicago and Tel Aviv with concerts across the globe. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony and many more.

“I usually tell people my real address is a Boeing 747,” he said with a laugh.

In Santa Fe, Gluzman will play Richard Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 18.

“It’s a love song in three movements,” he said. “He wrote it when he met his future wife. He was all of 19 years. He fell head over heels. In every note, you can hear it.”

The violinist will open the concert with contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s “Mirror in Mirror.”

“In my opinion, he’s one of the greatest composers,” Gluzman said, “—— someone who’s not afraid of writing beautiful music. It’s very meditative. It sets a beautiful atmosphere at the beginning of the concert.”

He’ll close the program with composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s transcription after Rossini’s “Barber of Seville.”