Ray Iwazumi, violinist
Ray Iwazumi, violinist, is widely respected as a performer of uncommon musicianship and integrity. Guided by the artistic principles of his mentors Dorothy DeLay and Igor Oistrakh, his dedication to music finds expression in a multi-faceted career as a violinist, composer, lecturer, writer, and teacher. Ray performs worldwide as soloist and chamber musician, and is frequently invited to present lectures and masterclasses at prestigious institutions in the U.S.A. and Europe. He pursues a concert career that is highly unusual with its intense combination of virtuosity, scholarship, research, and performance.
With a keen interest in musicological research, Ray’s in-depth research on Eugène Ysaÿe’s Six Sonates pour violon seul, Op. 27 has brought forth significant findings on these landmark masterworks, and his concerts and CD of these works have been critically acclaimed. He also shares his leading expertise of this repertoire through lectures and lecture-performances and has written several articles on the subject, featured in The Strad, MLA Notes, along with a multi-year series in the Japanese journal String.
Ray has cataloged the rare materials and manuscripts in the Louis Persinger Collection, Viola Mitchell Collection, and Jeannette Ysaÿe Collection at The Juilliard School, is active as an editor, music research consultant, and is on the faculty at The Juilliard School. He is recently finished a new critical edition of the Wieniawski Scherzo-Tarantella for G. Henle Verlag, released in October of 2013.
Ray completed his B.M., M.M., and D.M.A., degrees, and was awarded the Richard French Prize at The Juilliard School, under the guidance of Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang, and also completed two Masters degrees awarded “with highest distinction” in violin and chamber music at the Brussels Royal Conservatory under the guidance of Igor Oistrakh.