Filip Pogády, Violinist
Versatile violinist, Filip Pogády joins me on the show today. He talks about how he got his start, what inspires him, a mutual adoration of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, his thoughts on shoulder rests, and more.
To learn more about Filip, his current projects, or to take virtual lessons, check out his websites and social media pages below.
Violinist Filip Pogády has been praised by the press for the "beauty of his tone", “lightning-like virtuosity” (Russkoe Slovo) and his "commanding performances" (The New York Times).
Pogády has performed in some of the most renowned concert venues in the world including Lincoln Center (New York), Rudolphinum (Prague), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tel Aviv Opera House, Lotte Hall (Seoul), and Seoul Arts Center.
He also makes TV appearances, including guest starring on Louis CK's "Louie".
As a firm believer that music should be available to everyone, Pogády joined Yehudi Menuhin's “Live Music NOW!” Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing music to orphanages, nursing homes, prisons and hospitals. Pogády has played over 30 recitals for “Live Music NOW!”. Pogády decided to take this concept to the next level and has been performing the Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach in the New York City subway throughout his studies at the Manhattan School of Music until present. “Most of these people have never heard this kind of music before, and yet it touches them on a basic human level, because this music is just SO good," he says.
Pogády gave his solo debut with orchestra at age 11 at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna after winning the 1st prize at the Tsusuki Violin Competition as the youngest contestant.
He participated three times at Austria's nationwide music competition "Prima La Musica" and won the 1st prize each time. He was also honored with special prizes by the Austrian String Society and the Raiffeisen Bank for extraordinary results at this competition.
Pogády earned his Master's Degree in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Maestro Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship.
Born in Bratislava (Slovakia), Pogády moved with his family to Austria as a child and began his violin studies at age 7. Just one year later he was admitted to the Bruckner Conservatory Pre-college in Linz. He gave his first recital at age 10.
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