"Meltzer draws from [the Ames, Totenberg Stradivarius] a hugely cultivated sound, with a sweetness to his tone and gorgeously shaped legato lines. As with his teacher Itzhak Perlman, Meltzer's technique is of the sort that rarely draws attention to itself but enables a full expressive command of whatever he is playing. It is surely only a matter of time before a larger record label snaps him up."
Nathan Meltzer and the gift of the “Ames, Totenberg” Stradivarius -- Loaned the multi-million-dollar 1734 violin when he was still a student at Juilliard, the young musician tells us about being its custodian, and recording his debut album.
On WCRB In Concert with the Longy School of Music, rising young violinist Nathan Meltzer plays sonatas by Bach, Beethoven, Szymanowski, and more on the long-lost stolen Ames-Totenberg Stradivarius violin, on demand.
“Den udprægede inderlighed og de papirstynde harmonier funklede som små stjerner på en stille nattehimmel, og Nathan Meltzer tog nænsomt på tonerne, som stod han med danefæ i hånden iført hvide bomuldshandsker. Generelt var nerven i violinkoncerten godt i live, og Nathan Meltzer imponerede i sine soli, der med sin stærke dolce smeltede som varm chokolade på julekonfekten.”
"Nathan Meltzer, the young soloist in Mendelssohn's violin concerto, proved to be a huge musical talent, his young age notwithstanding, with eminent technique and ability to shape the music and give it direction.”
"19-year-old Nathan Meltzer played [Ysaýe and Kreisler] with enchanting sounds, true ‘witchcraft’ of breathtaking virtuosity, with sonorous double stops in unimaginable perfection, full of temperament and verve, and highlights of interpretive maturity."
“With very expressive string artistry and devotion, the brilliant young violinist Nathan Meltzer led the [Haydn] quartet with Ester Hoppe, Ulrich Eichenauer, and Guy Johnston … to an impressive, emotional sound experience.”
“I was most impressed in these days by the only-19-year-old American Nathan Meltzer, already a violinist of great stature with unobtrusive technical brilliance, a very individual musicianship and a supple tone.”
“The quartet with Meltzer, Hoppe, Eichenauer and Johnston lovingly took care of every melodic progression, every cadence and above all the numerous emotional music images ... a serious Haydn and an absolutely smashing performance full of musicality.”
“The first violinist, here student Nathan Meltzer, is assigned the role of concert soloist in addition to leading. Meltzer succeeded excellently in this… From the front rows it was also easy to see how much trust and support the older or ‘seasoned’ players, especially Ulrich Eichenauer and Guy Johnston, showed him. It is well known that they rule in Moritzburg. But the fact that a nineteen-year-old student was so confident in solving his leadership task was astounding. In such cases, one can only look forward to hearing again!”
"There are rare, perfect moments in chamber music where minds meld and hearts coalesce in beautiful synergy. Violinist Nathan Meltzer and pianist Evren Ozel, both young phenoms, did just that with their performance of Franck’s Violin Sonata… I doubt I will ever hear a better rendition."
“Under his bow – and on a sumptuous 1734 Strad (the Ames/Totenberg) – the Khachaturian Concerto assumes its share of brilliance and virtuosity with a poetic imagination and an intense lyricism that make this interpretation a memorable experience.”