Vadim Brodski

Violin player

Pictured: The artist playing the violin. Born in Kiev, Vadim Brodski performed as soloist with the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 11, playing a concerto by Dmitry Kabalevsky under the composer’s baton.

A student of Olga Parchomienko and David Ojstrach, he won first prizes in all the international violin competition he had entered: the Wieniawski (Poland, 1977), the Paganini (Italy, 1984), and the Tibor Varga (Switzerland, 1984). After the success at the Wieniawski competition, he toured Europe’s best concert venues. Unfortunately, the Soviet authorities banned the young violinist from travelling abroad. In 1981 he moved to Poland. 

After his New York debut at the Y-Hall in 1982, Vadim Brodski signed a contract with the Musical Heritage Society and proceeded to record violin concertos by Brahms, Bartók, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski, Saint-Saëns, and Sibelius as well as Eugène Ysaÿe’a 6 Sonatas For Violin Solo for the label.

Over the next few years, Mr Brodski continued to perform with such excellent orchestras as the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico National Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. He played with the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra at a concert making the opening of the Teatro de la Maestranza. As a conductor, he worked with the Lugano Radio Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with the Italian TV, for which he recorded – with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra – the violin concertos of Bruch, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Bartók, and Vivaldi. In 2004 DUX released his triple album Masterpieces for Violin and Orchestra.

Mr Brodski often performs on the Polish TV and enjoys playing a lighter repertoire. His discography includes albums such as: The Beatles, Bolling – Vilensky – Brodski Jazz Quartet, and Scott Joplin Ragtimes. He also acted in a the comedy film To ja złodziej (It’s Me, the Thief) and the TV series God’s Little Village directed by Jacek Bromski.

He works as an educator. He teaches violin at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

He is one of very few violinists in history who have had the honour of playing on the legendary Guarneri del Gesù violin once owned by Niccolò Paganini. He performed on the instrument during a tour of Italy with Simfonica di Savona in 1998. He plays a 1747 Gennaro Gagliano violin.

(photo: private archive)