Remembering Yehonatan Berick

The Israeli-born violinist, Yehonatan Berick, has passed away following a battle with a rapid form of cancer. He was 52.

A prizewinner at the 1993 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, Berick combined a busy concert schedule with teaching. At the time of his death, he was professor of violin at the University of Ottawa. Earlier, he served on the faculties of the University of Michigan, McGill University, and the Eastman School. His gifts as an inspirational teacher are on display in this clip.

Here is Yehonatan Berick’s soulful performance of Improvisation and Dance, Op. 30 by the twentieth century Israeli composer, Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984). Berick is joined by pianist, Gila Goldstein.

Here is an expert from Berick’s DVD recording of Paganini’s 24 Caprices. Listen to the perpetuum mobile madness of Caprice No. 5:

Recordings

  • Ben-Haim: Improvisation and Dance, Op. 30, Yehonatan Berick, Gila Goldstein centaurrecords.com
  • Paganini: 24 Caprices, Yehonatan Berick soundset.com

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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