| Frédéric Pelassy


Selected at an early age by Yehudi Menuhin, violinist Frédéric Pelassy is considered one of the most prominent internationally recognised French musicians.

He has recorded twenty five CDs and has performed in more than fifty countries around the world.

| In brief

● Unanimously awarded first prize, with congratulations from the judges, at the Inter-conservatories Competition of Paris at 12 years old
● Recorded his first CD in 1989 at 16 years old
● Has studied with Sandor Végh at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and subsequently with Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy at the International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad and Zakhar Bron in Spain
● Prize-winner from the Menuhin Foundation, the “Festival Musical d’Automne des Jeunes Interprètes”, the Cziffra Fondation and the SACEM

| His references

● He has performed in more than 50 countries around the world.
● His discography includes more than 20 recordings from varied repertoires
● One of his latest recordings is dedicated to the rediscovery of Théodore Dubois’s concerto, an unfairly forgotten contemporary of Saint-Saëns
● Worked with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice, the Moscow Soloists, the “Capella Palatina” of Mannheim and the New England Chamber Orchestra of Boston
● Played under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin

| His biography

Frédéric Pelassy began his musical studies at the Creteil Ecole Nationale de Musique, near Paris. By the time he was twelve, he had successfully graduated and given his first public concerts.
Between the ages of 14 and 16, he was the first prize winner from the Menuhin Foundation, the Festival Musical d’Automne des Jeunes Interprètes, the Cziffra Foundation, the French Society of Composers, the Philip Morris Foundation as well as the Tibor Varga international violin competition. He recorded his first CD at sixteen.

In the meantime, he kept pursuing his studies, both academic and musical. He was trained in particular by Sándor Végh at the Salzburg Mozarteum, then by Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy at the Gstaad International Menuhin Music Academy. He later was coached by Ernest Rosenblith in Boston, Walter Levin in Ravinia, Mauricio Fuks in Montreal, Zakhar Bron in Santander.

Within the space of a few years, Frederic Pelassy has been invited to perform in some fifty countries around the world. Among his orchestral partners are the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Ukrainian Symphonic Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the Boston New England Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Linz Bruckner Orchester, the Bonn Young Philharmonic, the Mannheim Capella Palatina, the Kiev Camerata, the Dniepropetrovsk and Rovno Chamber Orchestras, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Tunis, Jakarta, Ashgabad, Montevideo, Bucarest, Tashkent, Asuncion, Skopje in Macedonia, Kosice in Slovakia, Lvov or Zaporojie in Ukraine.

His discography comprises of CDs covering composers ranging from to Albinoni to Milhaud through Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Lalo, Franck or Debussy.

From the first measures, this disk is a delight. As usual, Frédéric Pélassy stands out by his maturity, his extreme musicality, his sense of the construction, his personality[…] Finally his interpretation doesn’t need any comment: it speaks to the heart. Sublime.

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Edith Weber


A brilliant violinist in Ashgabad

By his incredibly easy and free playing, the virtuoso has once more enthralled the audience[…] His performance shines with both perfection and depth, he has the gift of both lifting each note and keeping it natural at the same time, the components of the creative Genius […]

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Magnificent violin playing with vitality, a rarity.

Le Courrier de l'Ouest

[…] The young violinist Frédéric Pelassy […] literally stunned his audience […] in a silence of musical devotion, a whirlwind of notes unfurled in this masterpiece – the pinnacle of music for the violin, if not instrumental music […] The young prodigy, a disciple of Yehudi Menuhin, plunged the public into a state of admiration rarely reached […]

La Montagne

[…] Frédéric Pelassy, French virtuoso violinist from the Menuhin school, achieved greatness in his performance of the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by Bach. He won the complete approval of the audience, not only by his superior mastery of the technical difficulties of these delicate works, but particularly by his very intuitive playing and emotional communication. Aside from a perfect and convincing interpretation of the score, the audience received a huge sensory experience and a glimpse into his soul […]

Peter ROY
Bulletin d’information
Décembre 2003

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Frédéric Pelassy did an encore both evenings

The numerous spectators who attended both concerts declared unanimously that they had been fascinated by the young soloist’s masterful performance […] The finesse, the clarity of the sound and the beauty shine through every moment while listening to this brilliant virtuoso who brilliantly brings the music to life with such emotion. Frédéric Pelassy has this quiet simplicity which belongs only to the great artists […]

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Saint Jean-du-Gard

[…] Frédéric Pelassy once again presented the audience in Troyes with an emotional performance […] Magnificent sound, surprising musicality, formidable musical intelligence […]

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Lionel Reynier

It is undoubtedly the most beautiful evening of a festival already programmed with beautiful recitals […] Mr Pelassy’s playing makes these scores seem like child’s play. The music flows like a river […]

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Festival Melomania 2015

It would be no overstatement to say that Frédéric Pelassy has elevated Bach to the highest spheres, with every note precise and grounded. His reflection measured, the artist kept a firm leash his own strong vitality. For him, music is not a “performing art” but part of life. This is why he can give a voice to this great programme, even to the giant work of Bach. […] Played perfectly through an ideal harmony of finger and bow techniques. Add to this a wonderful sound and magnificent instrument – how could you not anticipate the encore of Paganini’s Caprice?

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Thüringer Allgemeine