JOHNNY GANDELSMAN’s (violin) musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has participated in since moving to the United States in 1995, including with Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, Osvaldo Golijov, David Byrne, Bela Fleck, Kayhan Kalhor, Suzanne Vega, James Levine, Mark Morris, Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, Nigel Kennedy, and Martin Hayes. Combining his classical training with a desire to reach beyond the boundaries of the concert hall, and a voracious interest in the music of our times, Gandelsman’s unique style possesses "a balletic lightness of touch and a sense of whimsy and imagination” (Boston Globe). A passionate advocate for new music, Gandelsman has premiered dozens of works written for Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble. In 2012-2013, he premiered works by Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Vijay Iyer, Bela Fleck, Daniel Cords, Rubin Kodheli, Dana Lyn, Gabriel Kahane, Colin Jacobsen, Shara Worden, John Zorn, Christina Courtin, Ethan Iverson, Padma Newsome, Gregory Saunier, Evan Ziporyn, Bill Frisell, and Nik Bartsch, as well as a violin concerto by Gonzalo Grau, commissioned for Gandelsman by Community Music Works. Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Gandelsman lives in Brooklyn with his partner Amber and their kids – Julius Ivry and Raiya Leone.