Adam Han-Gorski, a brief summary of his 65 years in music.
Mr. Han-Gorski has studied with the top teachers of the 20th century: Szafranek, Partos, Gingold, Galamian, Végh, Wronski and four years with Jascha Heifetz, undisputedly the greatest violinist of all times.
As one of the youngest Holocaust survivors today, Han-Gorski gave his first concert with an orchestra in March 1948 in Poland.
First Concert in USA
1962 - Opened the evening with the Double Concerto with the cellist Steven Kates (latter winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow) in a concert closed by the performance of Jascha Heifetz with Gregor Piatigorski. How many living artists can claim having appeared with J. Heifetz on the same stage and evening? Heifetz also presented him with an 18 century Italian violin!
Prize winner in several international competitions, he received raved reviews internationally over the years, praising in particular his profound musicianship and elegant effortless style.
In the 48 years that followed AHG worked with such luminaries as G. Szell, K. Ancerl, L. Bernstein, R. Fruhbeck de Burgos, Aaron Copland, A. Dorati, Vladimir Fedoseev, Lamberto Gardelli, H. Schmitt Iserstaedt, H. von Karajan, I. Kertesz , P.Klecki, Erich Leinsdorf, Eugene Ormandy, J. Krips, Jan Krenz, E. Leinsdorf, James Levine, Vaclav Neumann, E. Ormandy, S. Ozawa, G. Pretre, Max Rudolf, was soloist with Leopold Stokowski, Arthur Fiedler, S. Skrowaczewski. In the popular field he performed with Doc Severinsen, Percy Faith, Johnny Green, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennet. He also worked in Hollywood studios recording movie music.
Han-Gorski has performed extensively as a soloist in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, England, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, South Africa.
He was first violinist (2nd desk) with the Cleveland Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera National Company, the Syracuse Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra Summer Seasons (associate cmtr in the winter season).
During his five years with the Minnesota Orchestra he appeared as a soloist 16 times, both winter and summer, with the last concert performing the Brahms Double Concerto in Orchestra Hall with the cellist Tony Elliot.
Han-Gorski left Minnesota for Europe in 1975 and soon became concertmaster of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra for the next 25 years as well as the concertmaster of the Vienna Chamber Opera (Wiener Kammeroper).
With a flexible schedule in Vienna, he also appeared as guest concertmaster with such diverse orchestras as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (Germany), with the Mexico City Philharmonic, with the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia (Italy).
He toured extensively as conductor and soloist with his Ensemble Virtuosi di Vienna, especially often in Italy and Spain and released several recordings as a soloist and with his Ensemble.
On two occasions, his concerts in Canada and Poland were chosen as the 'best of the season.'
Han-Gorski was given an honorary title of “Professor” for his contribution to Austrian culture by the Austrian Ministry of Education and the President of Austria.
He can communicate in seven languages.
In 2004 after 30 years in Vienna he returned to the Twin Cities as a base. He is busy teaching and performing on a freelance basis. His former students include violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, Vienna Radio, Mexico City and others. His student Rafael Abramowitz won the first young artists competition of the Minnesota Sinfonia.