Arthur Grumiaux

Biography

Born: March 21, 1921   Died: October 16, 1986   Country: Belgium  
Of the Franco-Belgian school, Arthur Grumiaux is considered to have been one of the few truly great violin virtuosi of the twentieth century. In his relatively short life his achievements were superb. He brought to performances guaranteed technical command, faithfulness to the composer's intent, and sensitivity toward the intricate delineations of musical structure. His fame was built upon extraordinary violin concerto performances and Read more chamber-music appearances with his own Grumiaux Trio.

Grumiaux was born in Villers-Perwin, Belgium, in 1921, to a working-class family, and it was his grandfather who urged him to begin music studies at the age of 4. He trained on violin and piano with the Fernand Quintet at the Charleroi Conservatory, where he took first prize at the age of 11. The following year he advanced his studies by working with Alfred Dubois at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and also worked on counterpoint and fugue with Jean Absil. He received his first few major awards prior to reaching the age of 20; he took the Henry Vieuxtemps and François Prume prizes in 1939, and received the Prix de Virtuosité from the Belgian government in 1940. During this time he also studied composition privately in Paris with the famous Romanian violinist Georges Enesco, Menuhin's teacher. His debuts were made in Belgium with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mendelssohn's concerto, and in Britain with the BBC Symphonic Orchestra in 1945. Due to the German invasion of his homeland, there existed a short time gap between these two important events. During that time he played privately with several small ensembles, while refraining from public performance of any kind. Regardless of this slight delay in the initiation of his international career, once started, it quickly developed. Following his British debut, he advanced into Belgium academia when he was appointed professor of violin at the Royal Conservatory, where he had once studied. There, he emphasized the importance of phrasing, the quality of sound, and the high technical standards of artistry.

Grumiaux's playing has been included on over 30 recordings, nearly all under Philips, although his name is also seen on the labels of EMI, Belart and Music & Arts. The titles on these releases tend to be the compositions of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert, and on occasion include works by Ravel and Debussy. One of his greatest joys in life was his partnership with the pianist Clara Haskil. On occasion, the two would switch instruments for a different perspective and relationship. Grumiaux was left with a professional and personal absence when she died from a fall at a train station, en route to a concert with him. In addition to his solo work, he has recorded Mozart quintets with the Grumiaux Ensemble, and various selections with the Grumiaux Trio, comprised of the Hungarian husband-wife duo Georges Janzer (violin) and Eva Czako (cello). His successful performance career led up to royal recognition, as in 1973, he was knighted baron by King Baudouin, for his services to music, thus, sharing the title with Paganini. Despite a struggle with diabetes, he continued a rigorous schedule of recording and concert performances, primarily in Western Europe, until a sudden stroke in Brussels took his life in 1986. At the age of 65, Grumiaux left behind the memory of his elegant and solid musicianship. Read less
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  • 1.
    Paganini: Complete Edition
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7734 Release Date: 08/31/2018   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini
    Performer:  Massimo Quarta,  Salvatore Accardo,  Franco Mezzena,  Franco Traverso  ... 
    Conductor:  Massimo Quarta,  Charles Dutoit,  Franco Tamponi,  Antonio Plotino  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carlo Felice Theatre Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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    Elisabeth Grummer sings Mozart, Schubert, Brahms & Wolf
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19415 Release Date: 04/13/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Hugo Diez
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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    Arrangements or Transfigurations
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350132 Release Date: 05/26/2017  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Georges Janzer,  Eva Czako  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft,  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano & Violin / Grumiaux, Arrau
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186235 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Claudio Arrau
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    The Art of Arthur Grumiaux
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9116 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Riccardo Castagnone,  Hans Altmann,  Hermann von Beckerath
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Lorin Maazel,  Hans Müller-Kray,  Bernhard Paumgartner  ... 
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    Discover... Beethoven
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001912702 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Ingrid Haebler,  Henryk Szeryng  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Alceo Galliera,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
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    Bernard Haitink - The Philips Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001903502 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Herman Krebbers,  Menahem Pressler,  Isidore Cohen  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    The Art Of The Violin
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 7010 Release Date: 03/28/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Edouard Lalo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Clara Haskil
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard van Beinum,  Jean Fournet,  Bernhard Paumgartner  ... 
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 530 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
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    Clara Haskil Edition [17 CDs]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001492402 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Manuel de Falla,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Igor Markevitch,  Ferenc Fricsay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Elisabeth Grummer Sings Mozart, Schubert, Brahms & Wolf
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94209 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Hugo Diez
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Violin Concerto;  Bartok: Divertimento For String Orchestra / Ferenc Fricsay, Et Al
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 20-2 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Ultimate Classical Dreams - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280302 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Jack Brymer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  David Zinman,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach Adagios - Over 2 1/2 Hours Of The Most Beautiful Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000944302 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Raymond Agoult,  Arpád Gerecz,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Concert,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    Mozart: Violin Concerto K 219 / Grumiaux, Morini, Milstein, Schneiderhan
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 713062 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Erica Morini,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Bernhard Paumgartner,  George Szell,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozart Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Grumiaux, Davis, Wallberg
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186120 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Brahms: Sonata For Violin And Piano No 1, Etc;  Vieuxtemps
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186155 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Henri Vieuxtemps
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  György Sebok,  Francis Orval,  Dinorah Varsi
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  • 18.
    Greatest Hits - Violin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000192002 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jerry Bock  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Phillip Moll,  Henryk Szeryng  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lakatos Róbert,  Andrew Litton,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Roby Lakatos Ensemble,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Legendary Treasures - Arthur Grumiaux Vol 1 - Mozart
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7779 Release Date: 03/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Ataulfo Argenta
    Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472717 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida,  Peter Damm,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Géza Anda  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Géza Anda,  Edo de Waart,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Netherlands Wind Ensemble  ... 
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  • 21.
    Romantic Adagios Ii
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 473596 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Lynn Harrell,  Jorge Bolet,  Jeffrey Khaner  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Riccardo Chailly,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    The #1 Bach Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472758 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Karl Richter,  Barry Rose,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir  ... 
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    For Your Life - For When You're Alone
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472482 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ottorino Respighi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Irena Grafenauer,  Maria Graf,  Mischa Maisky,  Monica Huggett  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Semyon Bychkov,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Bastille Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    For Your Life - For Your Soul
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472412 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Franz Schubert,  Henry Purcell,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Haselböck,  Arthur Grumiaux,  István Hajdu,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  Richard Hickox,  Charles Dutoit,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  Richard Hickox Orchestra,  I Musici  ... 
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    Evening Adagios - Over 2 1/2 Hours Of Peaceful Evening Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470780 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kjell Lysell,  Bengt Forsberg,  Mats Lidström,  Ulf Forsberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  István Kertész,  Riccardo Chailly,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Vienna Haydn Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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