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Jagdish Mistry, violinist of the Ensemble Modern, talks about his most memorable performance with the ensemble
Jagdish Mistry was born in Mumbai, India in 1963. He received his first violin lessons at age eight. In 1975, he moved to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. During his time there, Mistry was frequently invited to perform Bach's Double Concerto and other chamber music pieces with Menuhin in Europe, India and China. Between 1986 and 1992, he was a member of the Mistry String Quartet with which he toured Europe and Asia and recorded works by Edward Elgar, Arnold Bax and Elizabeth Maconchy for Decca Argo, Chandos, Unicorn and the BBC. At the same time, he continued his career as a soloist, performing with a number of renowned orchestras, such as the Oslo Filharmonien, Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Mistry has been a member of Ensemble Modern since 1994 and has worked closely with some of the most outstanding composers of our time. Ensemble Modern recently released a CD of works by the American composer George Antheil, for which Jagdish Mistry performed the 1st Violin Sonata and the short piece "Printemps".
He regularly performs as a guest concertmaster with various symphony and chamber orchestras in Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland. Recently, Mistry has returned to his passion for the string quartet by forming the Isenburg Quartet with colleagues of the Ensemble Modern. Jagdish Mistry plays on a J.B. Vuillaume violin, constructed in Paris in 1853.