An American in Switzerland

Jun 6, 2017

One of the world’s most celebrated violinists hails from our own state of Iowa.

Violinist Robert Zimansky

Robert Zimansky received his first instruction from John Ferrell at the University of Iowa. He continued his studies with Sally Thomas and Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, Zimansky packed up his violin and moved to Europe, where he became first concertmaster in Spoleto, Munich, Stuttgart, the Lucerne Festival and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.

Zimansky is currently leader of the Ensemble Fiacorda and violinist in the Trio Mersson. He teaches at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

Hear Robert Zimansky return to Iowa to perform Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Dubuque Symphony. Music Director and conductor, William Intriligator, also commissioned a Dubuque-centered work by Derek M. Jenkins, Dubuque native and recent winner of the American Prize in Composition. Tune in on Sunday, June 11th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, June 12th at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!


BRAHMS              Symphony No. 3

JENKINS               Mathias and the Storm, world premiere and DSO commission

BRUCH                 Scottish Fantasy with Iowa native Robert Zimansky, violin

(Concert recorded April 29-30, 2017)