Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Tracy Silverman has contributed significantly to the repertoire and development of the 6-string electric violin and what he calls “post-classical violin playing.” Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Silverman’s groundbreaking work defies musical boundaries. Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, he was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. He has had several electric violin concertos composed specifically for him and is the composer of 3 electric violin concertos of his own.
A long-standing advocate for music education, Tracy recently wrote The Strum Bowing Method (highly recommended by Andy and Dave Reiner!), and will focus on groove and bowing techniques at Fiddle Hell. He is an in-demand clinician and on the string faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. His compositions and performances have been recorded by multiple labels; he’s recorded with three symphonies, with composer/pianist Terry Riley, the rock band Guster, contemporary music’s Paul Dresher Ensemble, jazz legend Billy Taylor, 5-time Grammy winning percussionist Roy “Futureman” Wooten, and the Calder String Quartet, among many others.
Silverman has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Adelaide’s Festival Theatre, and more, and made his debut with The Chicago Symphony at age 13. His original works have been performed by orchestras and chamber music groups internationally and his scoring work has appeared in episodes of PBS’s NOVA among others. TV/internet and radio includes a solo performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, NPR’s Performance Today, and several appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Mark Swed of the LA Times enthused, “Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own.” The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein raved, “Blazing virtuosity. You will be astonished that anybody can play a fiddle like that” and Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, wrote, “Fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix.” All that and he's a nice guy!