The College of Arts and Architecture

Odin Rathnam, violin: with faculty artist Max Zorin

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 3:00pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

Free Admission

Violinist Odin Rathnam presents a short recital followed by a masterclass with Penn State violin students. The event is intended to demonstrate the techniques of violin pedagogue Ivan Alexander Galamian (The Juilliard School), who incorporated aspects of the Russian and French schools of violin technique into his approach and who authored two influential violin method books. Odin Rathnam is hosted by faculty member Max Zorin.


Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56 ♦  Sergei Prokofiev (with Max Zorin)

  • Andante cantabile
  • Allegro

Sicilienne (from Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001) ♦ Johann Sebastian Bach

Allegro (from Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Op. 1) ♦ Francesco Maria Veracini

√Čtudes-Caprices for Two Violins, Op. 18, No. 3 in D Major ♦ Henryk Wieniawski (with Max Zorin)

Since his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center debut in 1993, the American violinist Odin Rathnam has established himself as one of the most passionate and versatile artists of his generation. He has received unanimous praise from critics and audiences for his Odin Rathnam“captivating temperament,” “brilliant technique” and “recalling the legendary violinists of the past.” A veteran performer at major European and American festivals, Rathnam was the concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra until June 2012, when he left the orchestra to focus on chamber music and solo work.

Rathnam has appeared in recital on the Market Square Concerts series, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Recital Hall where he first appeared at the age of 15. As a soloist, he has performed with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony, the Columbian National Symphony, the Camden and Hayes Orchestras in England, the York Symphony, the Hershey Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony, and the Harrisburg Symphony.

In March 2004, Mr. Rathnam gave the Columbian premier of Korngold violin concerto with the Columbian National Symphony Orchestra in Bogota, Columbia. The Harrisburg Symphony featured him as soloist in the Tchaikovsky violin concerto at the 75th anniversary opening gala concert in October 2004.

Upcoming appearances include concerti and virtuoso showpieces with the newly founded Pennsylvania Chamber Symphony, Prokofiev Concerto #1 with Stuart Malina and the Harrisburg Symphony, and a series of recitals tracing the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach to Piazzola and Corigliano.