Waldman is a versatile performer. He has earned acclaim both for his
playing of the standard repertory and for his thoughtful and stylish
interpretations of Baroque music. He has also championed rarely performed
nineteenth century masterpieces and commissioned or premiered works
by contemporary American and Israeli composers. Waldman has appeared
as a violin soloist with dozens of prominent orchestras in the United
States, Canada, Europe and Israel and given recitals at Carnegie Hall,
Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall in London and Concergebouw
in Amsterdam. He has performed with such artists as Isaac Stern, Pinchas
Zukerman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maureen Forrestser and Henrik Szerngyg.
He is the first violinist in the acclaimed Kinor String Quartet and
a winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Prize and the Distinguished
First Prize at the Conservatory of Geneva. He has recorded on the Angel,
Newport Classics, Omega Classica, CRI, Musique International and Musical
Heritage Society labels.
Maestro Waldman’s career as a conductor includes performances
and recordings with several of the orchestras listed above, as well
as the New American Chamber Orchestra, the Midatlantic Chamber Orchestra;
the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and the Cologne Opera. He celebrated
the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Israel in Moscow and conducted
the memorial concert on the steps of Congress on September 11, 2002.
He was the founding music director of the Madeira Bach Festival, the
Jefferson Music Festival in Washington D.C., the Opus Berkshire Festival
in Massachusetts and the Benedictine Millenium Festival in Rome. He
has served as director of the World Bank Mozart Festival and the Midatlantic
As a teacher, Maestro Waldman served as Chairman of the Strings Department
at the State University of New York at Purchase, and is on the faculty
of Summertrios and the Waterville Valley Music Center. He gives master
classes all over the world, most recently at Eastern European University
in Izhevsk, Russia; Armaty, Kazakhstan; and at the University for Science
and the Arts (USAO) in Chicasha, Oklahoma.
In 2005, Maestro Waldman founded Music Bridges International, Inc.,
to foster cross-cultural music exchange programs that feature the music
of different countries. Under the Music Bridges banner, he organized
the successful Young Artists Strings Competition at the “Tchaikovsky’s
Homeland” Center in Izhevsk/Votkinsk, Russia. Bridge is presently
working on exchanges with Kazakhstan, Switzerlerland and the Czech Republic.
During 2007, Maestro Waldman will, among other things, concertize twice
at Carnegie Hall (where he will premiere works by jazz great Dick Hyman
and Swiss-American composer Johannes Somary), make his third recording
with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, appear at the Tchaikovsky Festival
in Russia and be artist-in-residence at USAO. This year will also see
the release of “Beethoven: Known and Unknown ,” a recording
made in 2006 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic that features (under
his baton) world premiere recordings of two “lost” works
by Beethoven (the Overture from the unfinishec opera Macbeth and a movement
of the Oboe Concerto), as well as an exciting interpretation of the
Fifth Symphony and Waldman’s rendition (as soloist) of the Romance
for Violin and Orchestra.