Professor of ViolinDepartment:
Federico Agostini is a violinist renowned as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.
After early training with his grandfather, he studied violin at his hometown’s conservatory of music in Trieste, Italy, then in Venice, and later at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where he earned the Artist Diploma in Violin. Salvatore Accardo and Franco Gulli were among his teachers.
Agostini made his debut as a soloist at the age of 16, playing Mozart under the baton of the late Carlo Zecchi. Ever since, he has performed throughout the world as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and as concertmaster of the legendary Italian ensemble I Musici.
He has appeared in various international music festivals in Europe, the United States, and Japan and has performed chamber music with many distinguished artists, including Bruno Giuranna, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Silverstein, and Janos Starker as well as with members of the American, Emerson, Fine Arts, Tokyo, and Guarneri quartets.
Together with violinist Yosuke Kawasaki (currently concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra, Ottawa), James Creitz (former violist of the Academica Quartet), and Sadao Harada (former cellist and founder of the Tokyo String Quartet), Agostini founded the D’Amici String Quartet, which began its activities in 2004.
Agostini’s Philips recordings comprise Bach and Vivaldi’s violin concertos, including The Four Seasons, which was filmed on location in Venice and is available on DVD. Other recordings include Faure’s Piano Quartets produced by Claves and, more recently, a selection of favorite virtuoso violin pieces published by Live Notes in Japan. Agostini performs sonata repertoire with French pianist Claude Cymerman.
Agostini maintains a very busy schedule as a teacher. He has given classes at music schools in the United States and Mexico as well as in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, and Australia. He has served as a faculty member at the Orford Art Center, Canada, and at Round Top Festival Hill Institute, Texas.
Federico Agostini joined the Eastman School faculty in 2012.