Misha Keylin

Misha Keylin


• Born 1970


Misha Keylin is among a select group of violinists today to have successfully made the transition from child prodigy to seasoned virtuoso. He debuted at Carnegie Hall at the age of 11, already a student of the renowned Juilliard teacher Dorothy DeLay. He went on to win a string of prizes at major competitions and to become a touring virtuoso who has concertized in 40 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Keylin has also performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts and regularly appears at music festivals. In an irony to contrast with all the variety of his concert travels, Keylin has largely become associated with the works of one composer, Henri Vieuxtemps. Since the late '90s Keylin has recorded four discs of concertos and concertante works by this Belgian master for the Naxos label. Yet, Keylin's repertory is as bulky as it is eclectic: as a recitalist he plays works from Baroque to contemporary, and his concerto repertory takes in compositions by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Bernstein, and countless others.

Misha Keylin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1970. At six he began music studies with his mother. Immigrating to the U.S. at nine, he immediately began studies with the iconic DeLay at Juilliard. His second Carnegie Hall appearance came at 15, when he was soloist with conductor Alexander Schneider and the New York String Orchestra. He appeared shortly afterward with the same forces at Kennedy Center, as well.

In 1989 Keylin was named recipient of the Waldo Mayo Talent Award, given annually to the most gifted young performer in New York. He followed this distinction by winning prizes at four prestigious competitions, including the Hannover (Germany) and Paganini (Italy).

Throughout the 1990s Keylin steadily built his career, giving critically acclaimed recitals and making appearances with such ensembles as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, and major orchestras in Chile, Colombia, and Costa Rica.

In 1995 Keylin made his first Vieuxtemps recording -- Concertos No. 2 and No. 3, issued by Naxos in 1997 -- and subsequently garnered strong international sales. With his fourth Vieuxtemps disc appearing in 2010 -- the Fantasia Appassionata, Fantaisie-caprice, and other works -- Keylin has been given the go-ahead to extend the project to include all Vieuxtemps works for violin and orchestra and for violin and piano.