“The Prince of Violin”, Edvin Marton Hits So. CA for Concert Dates! #Interview!
Violinist Edvin Marton is no stranger in the classical music world. He is also known in the broader musical genres since his talent knows no boundaries. Named the “Prince of Violin” by author and collaborator Victoria Rose with whom Edvin Marton co-authored the biography “Prince of the Violin: The Secret Life of Edvin Marton “. Marton has an extraordinary personal history as well as phenomenal talent.
Marton will be performing in concert for his home base – Los Angeles – for the first time this weekend (Valley Performing Arts Center on Sat. Dec 6) and then San Diego. Marton is an Emmy Award-winning composer, winner of the prestigious International Violin Competition in Canada and MTV’s Music Award.
Stradivarius violins are always associated with classical music but Marton takes the Stradivarius and bends it to his musical will. With his female rock band, they create phenomenal musical presentations of classical music as well as contemporary hits.
Marton will play the greatest hits from his ¹¹Hollywood¹¹, ¹¹Virtuoso² and ¹¹Stradivarius¹¹ albums, including: The Godfather, Beethoven’s 5th, Love Story, Romeo & Juliet, Bitter Sweet Symphony, Vivaldi’s Storm, Hungarian Rhapsody, Paganini’s Capriccio, Tosca’s Fantasy, Clocks by Coldplay and more.
At the LA area concert, Marton will be performing with the 1699 Stradivarius violin, the Œex-Leopold Auer¹ for the first time.
This special violin had been previously been played by French violin virtuoso and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow and it is valued at seven million dollars. The violin takes its name from Leopold Auer (1845-1930) who was one of the greatest and most influential violin pedagogues of all times.
Marton, a Hungarian-born composer and violinist, lives in San Fernando Valley, has mesmerized audiences on five continents and sold five million albums worldwide.
Best known as the violinist who composed and performed a piece at the XX 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin for Gold Medalist Evgeni Plushenko. He also an international performer who done countless performances for other entertainers such as Seal, Supertramp, Antonio Banderas and more. Marton also uses social media to good advantage by featuring excerpts of concerts on video and has become a YouTube sensation. Marton was classically trained at prestigious music schools including the Julliard School of Music in New York City.
Edvin Marton owns a custom-designed diamond-inlaid violin valued at one million dollars. Handcrafted by the world’s top master violin-maker, Francesco Toto in Cremona Italy, the violin is made from a piece of wood that dates back to 1700 with an ornamental inlay of 201 diamonds.
Edvin Marton with one of the members of his band!
Interview with Edvin Marton
Stevie Wilson: At what age did you start playing the violin?
Edvin Marton: 5 years old
SW: Have you played other instruments?
Edvin Marton: Piano and violin
SW: Did any other family members play instruments? Is so, who and what did they play?
Edvin Marton: Yes, both my parents played the violin.
SW: Clearly your family encouraged your musicality…. but going to Moscow to go to Central Tchaikovsky Music School in Moscow is a major endeavor. How was that for you to leave family and do that? What was that school like?
Edvin Marton: Very tough. Sixteen boys in one room from 7-14 years old (all different ages).
SW: To be selected to play with the with the Symphony at 12 is a great honor.. what kind of preparation did you go through?
Edvin Marton: Very fortunate because as a child a did not like to practice a lot. I learned quickly, in three years I learned a seven year program.
SW: Moving to Budapest to go to the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music .. was that the school you wanted to go to?
Edvin Marton: Not me but my parents. At that age, I did not know what was good for me. My father did. I would have to practice in the morning for 2 hours before I got to eat breakfast.
SW: Did you find at that age that you were happy with the path you had chosen? Were you only immersed in classical music? Was popular music or jazz or other rhythms of interest to you?
Edvin Marton: I was always happy. I loved classical, popular, jazz and other. At that age, I was interested in many types of music. I even started to compose my own melodies at 6 years old.
SW: After attending Juilliard School of Music , it seems your career has really gone into high gear. What have been turning points since leaving Juillard ?
Edvin Marton: The 2006 Olympic Games performance when 30 million people saw me perform.
SW: You have traveled internationally….. are there places you haven’t gone to (professionally or for off time) that you would still like to visit or revisit?
Edvin Marton: I would like to visit Australia, I have never been there. I would love to work more in US. I feel my music fits with North America. The US has the greatest rock culture in the world.
SW: The performances in LA sound pretty amazing What pieces will you be playing? Given the venue is very accessible and the ticket prices amazingly reasonable, you will draw a lot of younger people, younger musicians to your event.
With his all-girl pop rock band, Edvin Marton will play the greatest hits from his ’’Hollywood’’, ’’Virtuoso” and ’’Stradivarius’’ albums, including: The Godfather, Beethoven’s 5th, Love Story, Romeo & Juliet, Bitter Sweet Symphony, Vivaldi’s Storm, Hungarian Rhapsody, Paganini’s Capriccio, Tosca’s Fantasy, Clocks by Coldplay and more.
SW: What would you tell young musicians who would like to follow your path in creating a musical career?
Edvin Marton: We need to take this from an emotion side, so they can feel the difference . Music is around us all our lives, when we are happy, sad, surprised, and weddings, birthdays. If you play instrument you have a better understanding of what is around us. Music is always there. It is apart of our soul as human beings.
Thank you to Edvin Marton for taking the time to answer the questions submitted.
If you have tickets for his concert in the San Fernando Valley, you will have a phenomenal time. If not, you might check to see if there are any tickets left! Tickets for his Los Angeles area concert start at $45, and a special meet and greet with Edvin Marton with his new violin will be offered 30 minutes before the show begins for $20. Plenty of parking is available. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketsr.com, www.ticketmaster.com or call (818) 677-3000. The tickets are selling out fast! HURRY if you want to see Edvin Marton playing in his home town!
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