Martin Chalifour: The Making of a Concertmaster

Apr 25, 2016

Mahlers-Fifth-Symphony-3St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church celebrates its 75th anniversary on May 15 with a violin concert by and a conversation with Martin Chalifour, Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chalifour is a native of Québec, Canada. He began playing violin at the age of four and graduated from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of eighteen. According to, Chalifour studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and became associate concertmaster for the Atlanta Symphony with Robert Shaw in 1984. He “came to wide prominence upon receiving a Certificate of Honor at Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986” (

The Yosemite Conservancy states that “apart from his L. A. Phil duties where he works closely with famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Chalifour maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 50 concertos.” He has been a soloist with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Chalifour has been principal concertmaster of the L. A. Philharmonic for over twenty years, since 1995.


Martin Chalifour: The Making of a Concertmaster
Sunday, May 15, 6:30-8 p.m.
St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, 1175 San Gabriel Blvd., San Marino 91108
Park north of Huntington Dr., across from Starbucks
Tickets: $30, VIP; $20, open seating; $10, reception
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Photo, top right, Chalifour performing Mahler’s 5th Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel. Source:

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