Erich Gruenberg OBE


Acclaimed as one of Britain's most distinguished violinists, Erich Gruenberg was born in Vienna where he began his musical education. He continued his studies in Jerusalem and eventually settled in London after winning the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition.

As soloist he has appeared with all the major British orchestras and has toured throughout the world collaborating with, to mention but a few, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Andre Previn, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Charles Mackerras, Michael TilsenThomasand, Mark Elder, Stanisław Skrowaczewski and Kirill Kondrashin. 

Erich Gruenberg has held the posts of Concertmaster of the Stockholm Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. His comprehensive activities in the field of chamber music, numerous recordings as well as premiers and commissions, have enriched an outstanding career.

He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. He gives master classes and is invited to serve on juries around the world. In 2010 Erich Gruenberg will again chair the jury for the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and has also been re invited  to act as chairman of the jury of the Fritz Kreisler Competition held in Vienna in the same year.

Erich Gruenberg is chairman of the trustees of the Hattori Foundation for young musicians in London. In recognition of his continuing services to music he has been awarded the OBE.