Tracy Silverman

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Tracy Silverman is an American violinist, composer, and producer. Born in Peekskill, New York[1] and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, he attended Beloit Memorial High School, but left after 10th grade to enter the Chicago Musical College at the age of 16. He is on the string faculty of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee as of 2006 and has also been an instructor at Mark O'Connor's String Camps.

He studied classical music at the Juilliard School, but is best known today as a versatile performer in jazz, contemporary classical music, and rock styles on the electric violin, often performing on 6 string fretted and fretless instruments. He has recorded a solo album for Windham Hill Records and appears on many Windham Hill compilations. He was formerly a violinist with the Turtle Island String Quartet and has also performed with pianist Jim Brickman and with composer Terry Riley.

Silverman is well known for his unique performance style; the BBC Radio has called him "The greatest living exponent of the electric violin".[2] He has performed in many venues all over the world, including at the gala opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles where he was the featured soloist in the premiere of John Adams' composition The Dharma at Big Sur, performing alongside cellist Yo Yo Ma.[3]

Partial discography[edit]

  • Who Do We Think We Are? with Turtle Island String Quartet (Windham Hill, 1994)
  • A Night in Tunisia, A Week in Detroit with Turtle Island String Quartet (Chandos, 1995)
  • On a Starry Night (Windham Hill, 1997)
  • Trip to the Sun (Windham Hill, 1999)
  • Yangin' with the Yin Crowd (Dogs for Daisy, 2001)
  • Silverman/Forsch with Ferdinand Forsch (Superstring, 2002 )
  • North Meets South with Caito Marcondes (Nucleo, 2002)
  • I'd Rather Be Dreaming (2004)
  • John Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur (Nonesuch, 2006)
  • Streaming Video Soul (2008)


  1. ^ Sauro, Tony (March 9, 2016). "Just add electricity: Stockton Symphony welcomes musician who's not your 'typical violinist'". 
  2. ^ "Tracy Silverman". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Taylor, James C. "The Most Elaborate Sound Check in History". Andante. Archived from the original on November 16, 2005. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 

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