Vesko Eschkenazy has been concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since January 2000, having occupied the same position earlier with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vesko Eschkenazy studied at the National Conservatory in Sofia and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Among his prizes are those of the Wieniawski Competition in Poland and the Carl Flesch Competition in London.
In 2010 he was voted musician of the year in Bulgaria. To open the 2010/11 season he gave an open-air concert in his native town Sofia with the Philharmonic orchestra of Sofia for a massive audience.
That season Vesko Eschkenazy was artist in residence at the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia.
He has several times been a soloist with the RCO, as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In June 2014 the concertmaster conducted his own orchestra from the music stand in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Vesko Eschkenazy plays the ex-Adam, ex-Wurlitzer Guarneri del Gesù from 1738, received on loan from a private owner after mediation by the RCO Donors’ Foundation.
Photo – Jouk-Oosterhof