Philip Ficsor, whose playing was described as “luminous” by the Santa Barbara Independent, released a recording with renowned composer/pianist Emma Lou Diemer entitled “Summer Day” featuring her complete works for violin and piano. An enthusiastic advocate for contemporary American composers, he also recorded William Bolcom’s complete works for violin and piano as part of the ensemble American Double. Fanfare “strongly recommended” the recording and The Strad described Ficsor’s playing of the Suite for Solo Violin “beautifully managed and well-prepared”. A strong believer in the value of educational outreach, he presented to 1,500 school-age children from the stage of Boston Symphony Hall in a co-presentation with William Bolcom on the eve of the premiere of his Eighth Symphony by James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ficsor has also presented to music classes at the Monroe School (Revere, MA), the Greenwood Music Camp (Easthampton, MA), the Boston Latin school as well as at the College Music Society National Conference (2006). He received his DMA in violin performance from Boston University where his dissertation analyzed performance aspects of William Bolcom’s works for violin and piano. Ficsor received his Masters of Music from Yale University, where he studied with Erick Friedman and earned his BA and an MM in Violin Performance from The University of Michigan (studies with Stephen Shipps). He is an editorial advisor for publication through E. B. Marks/Hal Leonard Corporation. He has participated in numerous festivals across Europe and the U.S., including The Meadowmount School of Music, the Holland Music Festival (Netherlands), as well as the Semmering Festival (Austria). Pre-college, Mr. Ficsor attended the Hans Richter Conservatory of Music in Györ, Hungary, where he was enrolled as a violin student and learned to speak Hungarian fluently. From 2006-2013 he was a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Westmont College and is currently a performing artist based in the Denver area.