Leader/Concertmaster for thirty years:
London Philharmonic Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
London Guest Leader & Director, English Chamber Orchestra
The Principal & Principal Guest Conductors during his tenure with these orchestras were:
London Philharmonic Orchestra:
Haitink | Giulini | Solti | Barenboim | Boult | Krips | Jochum | Dohnányi | Kubelik | Rostropovich | Shostakovich | Stokowski | Szell
New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Bernstein | Boulez | Mehta | Levine | Leinsdorfl Ormandy | Abbado
BBC Symphony Orchestra:
Rozhedestvensky | Pritchard | Davis | Boulez | Slatkin | Ozawa | Maazel | Bernstein
London Symphony Orchestra:
Monteux | Szell | Dorati | Shuricht | Kertesz
Composer-Conductors worked with: Stravinsky | Britten | Walton | Bliss | Barber | Copland | Bernstein | Boulez | Hindemith | Tippett | Lutoslawski | Henze | Birtwistle | Maxwell Davies | Berio | Schuller
With these orchestras, has recorded several times all the major concertos with the leading soloists:
Horowitz | Rubinstein | Arrau | Barenboim | O¡strakh | Stern | Milstein | Perlman | Zuckerman | Rostropovich
Recorded and performed more or less the entire repertoire with these orchestras and musicians worldwide
Worked from and performed the entire Mahler literature from the composer's personal markings and bowings, as he had performed it with the New York Philharmonic during his tenure as their musical director
ln London, recorded all of Elgar's music with Sir Adrian Boult, who gave most of the first performances of Elgar's works
As leader of the LSO played the Brahms symphonies with Carl Shuricht, who had studied and worked closely with the composer
With Josef Krips (Vienna Philharmonic) studied and played regularly all of the tone poems of Strauss
is recognised internationally as one of the most outstanding English born violinists. As a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, director and teacher he has appeared worldwide with the greatest musicians of the last forty five years. He made his London debut playing Sibelius concerto with the Halle Orchestra and his American debut playing Britten concerto with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed extensively as concerto soloist with major orchestras in Europe, North and South America, Scandinavia and the Far East under such conductors as Haitink, Barbirolli, Mehta, Leinsdorf, Solti, Giulini, Davis and Boult. Amongst his many recordings, his performances with the London Philharmonic of the Britten and Bach concertos for EMI received the highest critical acclaim.
In 1991 he formed the Solomon Trio with whom he toured Europe extensively, playing at such venues as La Scala Milan and recording much of the great trio literature for Carlton Records. It is however as a Concertmaster where his experience and reputation is legendary. In 1964 he became the youngest ever leader of the London Philharmonic, working closely with Bernard Haitink, Barenboim, Solti and Giulini. In 1975 he received the unique honour for a British player when he was invited by the New York Philharmonic to be their Concertmaster, playing concerts and recording worldwide with Bernstein, Boulez and Mehta. It is with these two orchestras that he recorded almost the entire orchestral repertoire.
On his return to London he became concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Roszdestvensky and a senior lecturer and consultant of violin at the Royal College of Music, where he formed and directed The RCM String Ensemble, touring and performing with many great artists. Since 1990 he has worked solely in the areas of teaching, solo and chamber music performances, travelling regularly as a professor and jury member at the international violin competitions. His students continue to achieve success in all areas of violin playing.
In 2006 the first two volumes of his books The Orchestral Violinist were published by Boosey and Hawkes, and received universal acclaim as being the most important works so far produced for this discipline. He plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dated 1696.