A Passion for Supporting Young Musicians
In an interview with Laurie Niles of The Violinist, Gordon Back says: "I've played with violinists all my life, really, since the early '70s. I accompanied (Leonidas) Kavakos, when he won the second prize (in Indianapolis), then I played concerts in Europe with him when he was in his early 20s. I played with Sarah Chang from the age of nine, and Maxim Vengerov when he won Carl Flesch when he was 16. I accompanied Julia Fischer at the Menuhin Competition when she was 13, when she won first prize. So I came across many great young talents then."
Gordon Back has been the official accompanist for the Carl Flesch Competition in London, the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He accompanied for the Indianapolis Competition for its first four competitions and of course, for the Menuhin Competition. Read full interview