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Tracy Silverman

Nashville, TN         

Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. The world’s foremost concert electric violinist, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman has contributed significantly to the development and repertoire of the 6-string electric violin and the non-classical stylistic approach he calls “21st century violin playing”, inspiring several major composers to write concertos specifically for him, including Pulitzer winner John Adams’ “The Dharma at Big Sur”, premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded with the BBC Symphony (Nonesuch Records); legendary “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley’s electric violin concerto, “The Palmian Chord Ryddle”, premiered and recorded with the Nashville Symphony in Carnegie Hall in 2012 (Naxos Records); Kenji Bunch’s “Embrace” concerto in 2013. “String playing must reflect our popular musical culture or risk becoming old-fashioned and irrelevant,” says Silverman. The 2015-16 season will include a return to Carnegie Hall to premier Nico Muhly’s “Seeing is Believing” with the American Symphony.


The most recent of Silverman’s many CD’s, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos” (Delos/Naxos Records) features the celebrated Calder Quartet collaborating on Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto. Silverman played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2014 and has appeared on national TV and radio programs including A Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s Performance Today and a profile on CBS News Sunday Morning. The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein hailed Silverman’s “blazing virtuosity” and The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini admired his “fleet agility and tangy expressivity”. “Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own.” –Mark Swed of the LA Times.


A long-standing advocate for music education and frequent clinician, Silverman is on faculty at Belmont Universityin Nashville, TN and the author of the upcoming “Strum Bowing”, his instructional method already widely used throughout the world. From Sao Paulo to Vienna, Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, Silverman tours internationally as a soloist with orchestras, with his one-man performances, and as a collaborator with many other artists and chamber ensembles, including his duo with 5-time Grammy winner Roy “Futureman” Wooten.

Tracy Silverman Tiny Desk Concert on NPR

Tracy Silverman performs a live Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music in Washington DC, featuring music from his new CD, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos” and his NPR Theme Song Mash-up.

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The Palmian Chord Ryddle

Tracy Silverman and Terry Riley collaborate on Riley’s “The Palmian Chord Ryddle”, a concerto for electric violin and orchestra commissioned by the Nashville Symphony and premiered at Carnegie Hall, May 12, 2012.

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Tracy Silverman Live at the Cell, excerpts

A series of short excerpts of Silverman performing live at the Tribeca New Music Festival in NYC on June 23, 2014, including his solo electric 6-string violin arrangements of concertos written for him by John Adams, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly, Kenji Bunch and himself, as well as other pieces.

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