Gwendolyn Masin, described as “a natural performer with an authority most violinists would envy” (The Irish Times), and “setting first-rate standards in concert performance with her technically superior, refined, intensive and richly contrasting expression” (Der Bund), is the descendant of a long line of professional musicians from Central and Eastern.
At the age of five, she gave her debut performance in the Franz Liszt University in Budapest. Since then, she performs extensively to critical acclaim throughout Europe, Russia and South Africa. As a soloist with renowned orchestras she records for broadcasts. She has been awarded degrees and prizes in South Africa, the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.
Gwendolyn has collaborated with some of the most acute musical minds of our time both on stage and in the recording studio and, reputed as an engaging, charismatic speaker, has been a regular guest on TV and radio shows throughout the world. “Gliding over the pitfalls of child prodigy status, she progresses at such a pace that concertos are dedicated to her” (The Sunday Business Post). She premiered and recorded works by John Buckley, Raymond Deane, Thorsten Encke, Don Li, Urs Peter Schneider, Eric Sweeney and Martijn Voorvelt amongst others.
In recent years, Gwendolyn has contributed to new ventures that make music accessible to a wider audience. In 2004, Gwendolyn established the multidisciplinary series “In Search of Lost Time”. The Sunday Independent praised the “energy and formidable talent of this brilliant musician channelled into a fascinating and exciting innovation”. In 2006, Gwendolyn created an award-winning multifaceted chamber music festival that she named “GAIA”. It takes place annually in Switzerland and remains true to the ethos of being a platform for innovation in classical music. By invitation of Ireland’s Carrick Music Festival, she became its artistic director between 2007 and 2010, programming not only classical but also opera, jazz and world music within its framework.
An inspired teacher, Gwendolyn Masin enjoys giving violin and chamber-music masterclasses at institutes and festival throughout Europe and Northern America as well as performing lecture recitals. She is currently completing a doctoral thesis on 20th century violin pedagogy for Trinity College and is the author of the award-winning “Michaela’s Music House”, published by Müller & Schade. The German translation of the book will be published in 2012.