orn into a family where art is a raison de vivre, Patrice Fontanarosa is now one of the rare musicians to have obtained, by his presence and generosity, an indisputable unanimity with all publics. Rewarded by a great number of prizes—the Villa-Lobos in Rio, Enesco in Bucharest, Kreisler in Liège,Thibaud and Ginette Neveu in Paris, and the Paganini in Genoa—he remains profoundly attached to the contact of music with the audience. He has managed to achieve the balance of maturity between virtuosity and charm, generosity and profundity. His experiences—and particularly that of the musical production Violon Passion at the Bouffes du Nord theatre in Paris—have ensured him of a new audience that continues to fête him in concerts the world over.
In 1994, he received a ‘Victoire de la Musique’ award as best instrumental soloist for his recording with the Orchestre National de Lyon, conducted by Emmanuel Krivine, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, conducted by Jean-Jacques Kantorow. His recording of Marcel Landowski’s Violin Concerto, with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris conducted by Georges Prêtre, resulted in another ‘Victoire de la Musique’ given for the best contemporary music premiere of 1997.