Leelanau Summer Music Festival
Walter Verdehr, violin
Walter was born in Gottschee, Yugoslavia, and received his first violin instruction at the Conservatory of Music in Graz, Austria. A student at the Juilliard School, he was the first violinist to receive a doctorate there, and on a Fulbright Fellowship he studied at the Vienna Academy of Music. He was a member of the International Congress of Strings faculty for several summers and Chairman of the String Department at Michigan State University School of Music where he is Professor of Music and recently received the Distinguished Faculty Award. In the U.S. and Europe he has given many solo recitals,
has been soloist with numerous orchestras, and has made solo recordings for Golden Crest Records and Crystal Records. The London Times wrote that his performance was "sweeping and vigorous." The Vienna Express said that "he is a perfect violinist with beautiful blossoming tone and noble musicality." He served as juror at Prague Spring International Violin Competition 1997 and Naumburg Violin Competition 1998 and 2003. He performs on the ex-Stephens/Verdehr Stradivarius of 1690.