In addition to his work with An die Musik, Mr. Almond’s work as a chamber musician has generated collaborations over the years with many of today’s well-known institutions, including the, the , the , La Jolla Summerfest, , and numerous other summer festivals. In summer 2016 he joined the faculty at the Round Top Festival Institute, as well as the Sarasota Music Festival in 2017.
He has recorded for Summit, Albany, Boolean (his own label), Innova, Newport Classic, Wergo and New Albion and has appeared numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today. In both 2002 and 2004, An die Musik received Grammy nominations for its “Timeless Tales” series. The re-release of Mr. Almond’s recording of the complete Brahms Sonatas, performed in collaboration with pianist William Wolfram, brought extraordinary critical acclaim, and was also listed in the American Record Guide top recordings of 2001.
With pianist Lipinski” Stradivarius, charting in the Billboard Top 10 in its first week of release. A Violin’s Life, Vol. 2 was released in May 2016, also charting at the top of Billboard., a CD of sonatas by Respighi, Janáček, and Strauss was released on the label to much acclaim and was named a “Best of 2007″ by the American Record Guide. A CD of American violin and piano music was released on with pianist and has also garnered much press enthusiasm. A recording of selected works of Samuel Barber was released in 2010, in cooperation with the . In April 2013 AVIE released featuring works and composers directly associated with the “
Mr. Almond holds two degrees from the, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. Other important teachers included Michael Tseitlin, Felix Galimir, and Joseph Silverstein. He has held academic positions at San Diego State University, Texas Christian University, and Northwestern University, and in 2014 joined the faculty of the at Roosevelt University. Also in 2014, he was appointed to a newly created Artist-in-Residence position at the .
He usually plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivari from 1715, the “ex-Lipiński.” In December 2011, he appeared in concerts and masterclasses in Poland to commemorate the 150th anniversary ofperforming on his former violin. On January 27, 2014, the “ex-Lipiński” Stradivari was stolen from Mr. Almond in an armed robbery after a Frankly Music concert. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story continues to make headlines around the world. Mr. Almond is extremely grateful to the Milwaukee Police Department, the FBI, and the thousands of individuals who sent messages of concern and support.
Mr. Almond writes an online column, nondivisi, which may be found, along with more information about Frankly Music, A Violin’s Life and the Lipiński Stradivari, at .
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