Rudolf Koelman, violinist
“Warm, lyrical and moving”
“Virtuosity is so natural to him in each tone, each phrase that he truly creates music. He sings and lights up a myriad of colours.”
Rudolf Koelman regularly performs worldwide as a soloist with numerous internationally renowned orchestras. He is one of Jascha Heifetz’s last pupils (LA, 1978 to 1981) and was the first leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (until 1999). Rudolf Koelman is Professor of Violin at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and is frequently invited as a juror and guest professor at international violin competitions and master courses around the world.
Rudolf Koelman has made numerous TV-, radio- and CD recordings. He is one of the very few that recorded live all 24 Paganini Caprices. In 2010, he performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and recorded live both Violin Concertos 1 and 2 by Paganini. These performances were released on Challenge Records and won the prestigious Edison Award 2010 in The Netherlands. In spring 2015 he released a new CD with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra with works of Sarasota, Ravel, Chausson and Tchaikovsky.
Koelman regularly performs in Europe, Australia and Asia and made an “In the spirit of Jascha Heifetz tour” in the winter of 2013 to commemorate his great Master with concerts in Perth, Bangkok, Korea, Japan and Indonesia. In the 2015/2016 season, Koelman was “Artist in Residence” in Musis Sacrum, Arnhem, The Netherlands. In April 2016 he recorded both Prokofiev Concertos with the Musikkollegium Winterthur. Koelman tours Australia every year in Spring.
He plays a “Golden Period” Stradivari and a Pressenda of 1829.