Virgil Boutellis-Taft


Hailed by critics as an "outstanding violinist", "of fiery temperament", with "intense, brilliant, sumptuous sound" and "impressive virtuosity", Virgil Boutellis-Taft performs as soloist and chamber musician in major international concert halls: Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Cadogan Hall, Benaroya Hall, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Cammilleri Hall, Phillips Collection, Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Gaveau, Tel Aviv Opera… and with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra Emeritus, the Sinfonia Varsovia.

Virgil is also invited to play in major international festivals including Bowdoin, La Roque d'Anthéron, La Folle Journée, The Music Moments of La Baule, The Violins de Légende, Clairvaux, Eilat and Red Sea-Valery Gergiev, Valdres, Prussia Cove. First Prize of the Paris Conservatory, Virgil continued his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, at the Royal College of Music in London and at the University of Tel Aviv for a post doc, as part of its “International Music Program ".

During his career, Virgil has worked with soloists and pedagogues such as Michèle Auclair, Zakhar Bron, Ivry Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Schlomo Mintz, Igor Oistrakh, Haim Taub, Almita Vamos.

Parallel to the study of the violin, Virgil began the piano at age 7, with pianist Fanny Raust, classmate and chamber music partner of Ginette Neveu. Virgil plays the Domenico Montagnana "ex Régis Pasquier" Venice 1742, on generous loan by an anonymous benefactor.