Vesko Eschkenazy, violin

Violin virtuoso Vesko Eschkenazy is 1st Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; a position he has held since January 1, 2000.


Part of Vesko Eschkenazy’s acclaim appeared on June 22nd, 2001 – Amsterdam. “SLAVA” Festival. Vesko Eschkenazy walked on stage of the Big hall of the Concertgebouw to perform a chamber music concert with the world’s best M. Rostropovich, Y. Bashmet. The Dutch Queen – Beatrix was the special guest of that unforgettable evening of magic.

“Vesko Eschkenazy is a brilliant violinist” – “De Telegraaf” – that was the reaction of the most popular newspaper in the Netherlands after the performance of the Szymanowski’s violin concerto No. 1 that Vesko gave in the big hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in November 2000.

Vesko Eschkenazy was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1970. After graduating from the High School of Music in Sofia Eschkenazy entered the Bulgarian State Conservatoire where he attained an Honors Degree (1990).

Mr Eschkenazy continued his studies at the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama in London in the Advanced Solo Studies Class of Professor Yfrah Neaman, graduating with the Solo Recital Diploma of the School in 1992.

He is a laureate of several international violin competitions such as the ”Wieniawski Competition”( together with Maxim Vengerov) in Poland and the ”Carl Flesch Competition” in London.

Vesko Eschkenazy has appeared as a soloist in orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra – Berlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Monte Carlo Simfony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado di Mexico, Irish National Simphony Orchestra, The Bulgarian Festival Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra.

In December 1997 he made his debut in the Big hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam performing the Beethoven violin concerto and in 2000 the Khatchaturian violin concerto with six consecutive evenings in the same Hall.

Vesko has participated as a soloist in the following international festivals:

MIDEM in Cannes, Radio France in Montpelier, the Music Festivals in Nantes and Reims, Varna Summer Festival and The New Year Festival in Sofia.

He has shared the stage with great conductors: Ricardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo-Maria Giullini, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Emil Tchakarov.

He plays on a Guarneri del Gesu violin from 1738 on loan from the Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam.

”Vesko Eschkenazy gave us the Beethoven violin concerto playing with shining ease and freedom from top to bottom” Max Loppert – Chief Critic ”Financial Times” Amsterdam, March 2002

For more about Vesko Eschkenazy visit: veskoeschkenazy.com