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Explore Music!


Feb 14, 2024


Sweet Grass Arts Theater

221 McLeod St, Big Timber, MT 59011

FREE and open to the public

Canceled due to road conditions and inclement weather in and round Big Timber.

Come witness the remarkable Johnny Gandelsman as he takes center stage at the free concert hosted by the Billings Symphony in Big Timber. This Silk Road Artist, known for his mastery in violin, composition, and production, will revolutionize your music experience with his unique fusion of contemporary and traditional melodies. With an extensive repertoire that boasts premieres of countless works and mesmerizing albums alongside prestigious ensembles like The Knights, the Silkroad Ensemble, and Brooklyn Rider, Gandelsman is a force to be reckoned with.

  • Johnny Gandelsman integrates a wide range of creative sensibilities into a unique style amongst today's violinists, one that according to the Boston Globe, possesses "a balletic lightness of touch and a sense of whimsy and imagination".
  • Working with funding from 20 arts organizations in 11 states and Washington, D.C., he commissioned 22 new works for solo violin, asking living American composers to write musical reflections of the times we are living through. As he describes it, the project is like a series of "musical diaries" for the years 2020-21.

Guest artist

JOHNNY GANDELSMAN | Violinist, Producer

Grammy award-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in 1995. The New Yorker has called Johnny "revelatory," placing him in the company of "radically transformative" performers like Maurizio Pollini, Peter Serkin and Christian Zacharias. As a founding member of Brooklyn Rider and a former member of the Silkroad Ensemble, Johnny has closely worked with such luminaries as Bela Fleck, Martin Hayes, Kayhan Kalhor, Yo-Yo Ma and Mark Morris. Gandelsman integrates a wide range of creative sensibilities into a unique style amongst today's violinists. Johnny's recording of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, which reached #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart, and made it onto NY Magazine and NY Times Best of the Year lists. A passionate advocate for new music, Johnny has premiered dozens of new works and has been producing records since starting his label, In a Circle Records in 2008. Recent credits include the Silkroad Ensemble's critically-acclaimed recording of Osvaldo Golijov's tone poem in voices Falling out of Time (In a Circle Records); Brooklyn Rider's Healing Modes and The Wanderer (In a Circle Records); and Sing Me Home, a Grammy-award winner for Best World Music album (Sony). Johnny also produced music for Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Bottstein's film The US and the Holocaust. Johnny was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. His father Yuri is a violist, his mother Janna is a pianist, and his sister Natasha is a violinist as well. He lives in New York.