Born in 1972, Frederic Pelassy began his musical studies in France.

By age 12, he completed this phase of his studies and began giving his first public concerts.

Having heard him play Paganini, Yehudi Menuhin helped develop his early career, even though he was still too young to compete for any award.

From age 14 to 16, he received formal prizes from the Menuhin Foundation, the Festival Musical d'Automne des Jeunes Interprètes, and the Cziffra Foundation, three of the leading sponsors of the arts in France He also received support from the Philip Morris Foundation and was laureate of the Tibor Varga international violin competition.

At the age of 16, he recorded his first CD. In the meantime he kept pursuing his studies, both academic and musical.

In 1987 Sándor Végh accepted him among his students at the Salzburg Mozarteum, entrusting him with a bow that had belonged to Joachim. One year later, he was selected by Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy to enter the Gstaad International Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy. There he practiced with both professors, becoming, at 16, the youngest  member of the Camerata Lysy.

On several occasions, he was given the privilege of playing as a soloist alongside or under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. He later studied under Walter Levin at the Chicago Steans Institute for Young Artists, with Mauricio Fuks in Montreal and Zakhar Bron in Santander.

Within the space of a few years, Frederic Pelassy has been invited to perform in some 40. His discography comprises 19 CDs, covering composers ranging from Bach to Debussy, including Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Franck.

He also teaches violin in Paris at the Hector Berlioz Conservatoire and gives master-classes in several countries in Asia, Latin America, Northern Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe.




BACH - Second Partita
Prokofiev - Sonata for Violin Solo
Ysaye - Two Sonatas for Violin Solo
Paganini - Several Caprices


Mozart - Violin Sonata, K. 301
Franck - Sonata
Ravel - Tsigan
Saint-Saens - Rondo Capriccioso


Romanian Folk Dances by Bartok
Cantabile by Paganini

Press clippings


“Full of youthful spontaneity and quick to laugh, Frédéric Pelassy possesses many amazing qualities. It comes as no surprise that the great master, Georges Cziffra, has already placed him on the same standing as Yehudi Menuhin.”

Le Progrès (Progress)

Sobriety and elegance in lieu of a flashy performance of pure speed: those are the fundamental principles and the final resolution of playing that shines by its absolute lack of gratuitous virtuosity. Flawless good taste and stylistic precision every step of the way.

Répertoire (Repertory)

A rich, pure sound, a classic vision that fits right over the muscular body of the youthful Bonn Philharmonic like a second skin: Youthful himself, as well as vivacious, elegant, and probing, Frédéric Pelassy’s violin takes flight, becoming ethereal, with the smooth line and the fine, pleasing sound that so characterize the Menuhin School.

“An arresting virtuosity combined with a rare poetry. Audiences will long remember the penetrating sonority of Frédéric Pelassy’s bow. An unforgettable evening.”

His shining performance is marked both by its perfection and its depth. His is the gift of being able to confer upon each note something that enhances it and maintains its natural quality at the same time – the very elements of creative genius. His playing teaches us, literally, how we must listen to music. . . . Hearing the great works played this way, one really comes to an understanding: Just as it takes a prophet to convey the word of God to the people, so, too, it takes a musician of great stature to demonstrate for us the essence of the music he’s performing.



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