Martin Chalifour

Valade Concertmaster, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp

Principal Concertmaster, First Violin, and Marjorie Connell Wilson Chair, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Curtis Institute, Montreal Conservatory

Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition, and is also a laureate of the Montreal International Competition. Apart from his Philharmonic duties he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary commissions. He has appeared as soloist with conductors  Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.