In Great Violinists of the 20th Century, Jean-Michel Molkou paints fifty lively and well-documented portraits of the legendary twentieth-century violinists born before 1947.
Each biography retraces the life and career of the artist in question, whilst also analyzing the specificity of his style and technique, as well as the key elements of his discography. Music-lovers will learn which violins were played by each musician and will be plunged into a deeper understanding of his art and personality.
The book is illustrated with a substantial and original iconography, while the 65 musical excerpts included with the work provide the reader with over 8 hours of music and allow him to listen to each violinist playing a piece that is particularly representative of his art.
Available for iPhone and iPad and personal computers. PC versions require Adobe Digtal Editions (this won't work on Linux nor Android).
Practicing the violin since an early age, Jean-Michel Molkhou shares his life between surgery and passion for strings. Musical reviewer for 30 years at Diapason he also collaborate to the The Strad magazine. Coauthor of the Violin multimedia encyclopedia published in 1997 at Editions Montparnasse, he also produced broadcasts on France Musique radio station and collaborate since many years to "La Tribune des Critiques de Disques". Beside his passion for violin and bow making, he plays himself regularly chamber music with amateur and professional partners. The first volume of his book dedicated to The great violinists of the XXth century has just been published by Buchet-Chastel. He also collaborated to the book celebrating the Centenary of The Théâtre des Champs Elysées published in 2013 (Editions Verlhac, 15. Montaigne).