BMG Recording artist TRACY SILVERMAN has performed and recorded with a virtual who's who of the rock, pop, new music, and jazz fields, and is considered one of the foremost electric violinists of our time, known both in the concert hall and in rock clubs, with a trademark sound which is instantly recognizable. His 1999 self-produced release, "Trip to the Sun" has become a cult favorite, which Billboard called "the most adventurous Windham Hill album ever." Tracy was first violinist with the Turtle Island String Quartet for four years and has been featured as a violinist and record producer on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. In 1999 he was named Artist in Residence by the city of Hamburg, Germany.
*Rock band: Songwriter and lead singer of the alternative rock band, Dogs for Daisy, which released the CD, "Yangin' with the Yin Crowd" in 2001. Tracy's electric violin and lead vocals propelled the grunge-rock band Motherlode, which released 1992's "Melt" on Minneapolis-based Manatee Records and later the band, Gutbucket, which released the "Live Chub-Pak" in 1993.
*Performance highlights include: Carnegie Hall with Billy Taylor; mainstage of the Montreal Jazz festival; Vienna's Mozartsalle; Istanbul's Rey Concert Hall; The Hollywood Bowl; tours with Bob Geldof, Jim Brickman, Terry Riley as part of the Terry-Riley All-Stars; The Umbria Jazz Festival; Festival Inverno in Brazil; Mozartfest in Wurzburg; Bremen Musikfest; as a soloist at the Nurnberg Jazz Festival; Royal Festival Hall as part of London's 2001 Meltdown Festival, among many others; classical guitarists Eliot Fisk, David Tanenbaum, Alvaro Pierri, Gyan Riley and the Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo; as soloist with symphonies including The Berkeley Philarmonic conducted by Kent Negano, Jazz Philharmonico do Brasil in Sao Paulo; The San Jose Symphony as well as orchestras conducted by Marin Alsop, Carl St. Claire and others.
*Producer,and arranger/orchestrator credits include: producer of Jim Brickman's latest hit CD, "Simple Things", [which includes the #1 song "Simple Things"]; work with legendary producers Steve Lillywhite and Jerry Harrison; producer of "On A Starry Night", an award-winning CD of lullabies from around the world which featured Bobby McFerrin, Billy Taylor, George Winston, Richard Stoltzman, Airto and many others; award-winning jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson; flutist and long-time musical and otherwise partner and wifeThea Suits. Tracy appears as a featured artist, arranger and producer on many recordings, including Universal's "A Different Mozart" and "Preludes", and Windham Hill's "Winter Solstice 5", "Summer Solstice", "Sundance", "The Romantics", "Renaissance-A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Thanksgiving" and many other Windham Hill Collections. Orchestrator and musical director of Jim Brickman's "My Romance" PBS Special; arranged and orchestrated a complete program of Jim's music for full symphony, performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony among others.
*National TV, radio and press: CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood feature; CNN; NPR's Performance Today; MPR's St. Paul Sunday Morning; MPR's A Prairie Home Companion; Billy TaylorÕs "Jazz from the Kennedy Center", John Schaeffer's "New Sounds" on WNYC, Echoes Radio "Living Room Concerts," Billboard, People Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
*Recording highlights include: soloist with the Detroit Symphony under Neemi Jarvi; arranger/performer on the hit Guster CD, "Lost and Gone Forever"; several CD's with Jim Brickman; duo CD with avante-rock percussionist Ferdinand Forsch; duo CD with Brazilian percussionist Caito Marcondes; jazz legend Billy Taylor; Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck); legendary composer/pianist Terry Riley; several CD's with Turtle Island String Quartet; David Tanenbaum; many tracks on various Windham Hill collections.
*Writing credits include: TV's "Once and Again", "Nova", "A Science Odyssey"; Jim Brickman's "Simple Things" CD; catalogue of original songs and compositions; Silverman's Electric Violin Concerto will be premiered this April and is programmed in 2003 with major symphonies in the US and in Europe; has conducted his own orchestral work commissioned by the Minnesota Sinfonia.
*Education: Tracy has been playing violin since he was 5 years old, and made his professional debut at age thirteen as 1st place winner and soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has been honored with many awards, including the national Stillman-Kelly Award. He was accepted at the Chicago Musical College when he was 16 and at 17 began studies with legendary teacher Ivan Galamian. Tracy graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied chamber music with Sam Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet and Lewis Kaplan of the Aeolian Chamber Players. He has served on the faculty of Macalester College in St. Paul and University of Minnesota's MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and has led masterclasses and workshops at Stanford University, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hochschule fur die Kunste in Bremen as well as others in Germany, Brazil and elsewhere.
Tracy is currently touring internationally with Dogs for Daisy and with his solo concerts and various collaborations. Tracy and his wife, flutist Thea Suits, have 2 children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.