Violinist Glenn Dicterow has established himself worldwide as one of the most prominent American concert artists of his generation.
Mr. Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 34 years, an all-time record in that major orchestral position, became the first holder of the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the USC Thornton School of Music in 2013. He is also the Chairman of the Orchestral Performance Program at New York’s Manhattan School of Music. He is as dedicated to passing along a great musical legacy as he once was to his orchestral work, while maintaining an active career as an orchestral soloist, a recitalist and a chamber musician.
Glenn Dicterow first came to prominence at the age of 11, making his solo debut in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his father, Harold Dicterow, served as principal of the second violin section for 52 years. He first appeared with the New York Philharmonic in 1967, at the age of 18, performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto under the baton of André Kostelanetz.
Dicterow joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Associate Concertmaster in 1971, becoming Concertmaster there before turning 25. He came to New York as that orchestra’s Concertmaster in 1980, while soloing annually with the Philharmonic in each of his 34 years.
In a New York Philharmonic tour in 1986, Dicterow was featured as the soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, with Bernstein himself conducting. He performed the Carmen Fantasy under Zubin Mehta as part of the New York Philharmonic’s 1990 “Live From Lincoln Center” telecast, and he was a soloist in the orchestra’s 1982 concert at the White House. Another career highlight was his performance of the Barber Violin Concerto at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China during the Philharmonic’s 1998 tour of Asia.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian, he also studied with Joachim Chassman, Naoum Blinder, Manuel Compinsky, Erno Neufeld, Gerald Vinci, Eudice Shapiro, Jascha Heifetz and Henryk Szeryng. His shelf of recordings is endless, as the Philharmonic’s Concertmaster, in a large array of solo assignments, both of the great romantic concerti and of the 20th Century classics that he has championed, and in a wide range of chamber music. “The Glenn Dicterow Collection,” a three-CD set on the New York Philharmonic label, features his performances of the concerti of Bruch, Bartok, Korngold, the Prokofiev second concerto, the Bernstein Serenade, among many highlights.
Glenn Dicterow and his wife, violist Karen Dreyfus, are founding members of the Lyric Piano Quartet and the Amerigo Trio, teaching, recording and performing a wide repertory, at leading festivals and musical institutions around the world.
He joined the Music Academy faculty in 2014.