In the two short years following his groundbreaking Carnegie Hall debut, the avant-pop classical violinist AMADEUS LEOPOLD — formerly known as Hahn-Bin — has become a revolutionary force in music with his “dazzling, genuinely provocative takes on classical music as performance art” (The New York Times).
A “prodigious talent” (The New Yorker), the 24-year-old violin phenomenon brings the quarantined musical genre into mainstream culture through his overarching project The Renaissance of Classical Music, leaving audiences “simply mesmerized” (The Huffington Post), “wildly entertained” (Time Out New York) and “spellbound” (Artforum.com) with the “extraordinary, intelligent and beautiful” (The Washington Post) performances of his “inspired, bracing and innovative” (The New York Times) programs.
In March 2011, Amadeus — who made his international debut at the Grammy Awards at just 12 years of age eliciting a standing ovation from the legendary Isaac Stern — became the first solo classical musician to hold a series of performances at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) with his Soliloquy for Andy Warhol. The virtuoso’s mainstage debut at Carnegie Hall, held the same month, received national coverage on the Today Show as well as the front page of MSNBC.com. In spring 2012, following the premiere of his Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto performance with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall and his London debut at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Amadeus landed on the cover of i-D, becoming the first classical musician to do so in the magazine’s 32-year history.
Amadeus’ “daring and personal” (The Washington Post) showcases, which according to The New York Times “evoke something of what Liszt’s deliriously sweaty, grandiosely hypersexualized concerts must have felt like”, have also garnered some notable fans, including Madonna and Scissor Sisters – both of whom Amadeus collaborates with on their latest albums – as well as Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, who presented him in his first downtown New York performance in February 2011.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1987, Amadeus began playing the violin at the age of five. Following his graduation from The Juilliard School and a decade of study with the eminent Itzhak Perlman at The Perlman Music Program, Amadeus made his New York debut at age 22 as the recipient of the prestigious YCA Peter Marino Concert Prize at Carnegie.