Violinist Charlie Siem, one of the most prominent young musicians on the world stage, will treat fans and followers to a 20-minute concert and Q&A session on his Instagram feed @charliesiem on Saturday, April 11 at 1:00PM/ EST live from the South of France, where he is staying. He will perform some of his favorite classics and answers questions from viewers.
“I think people are re-discovering the importance and power of music and the arts in a time of social distancing,” said Siem. “Music is so important to our culture and society. It has bound us together for centuries, and I believe wherever you listen it can be a shared experience, especially with Instagram. Social media removes all borders and barriers and is a great platform to bring people together.”
Siem travels the world performing with the most prestigious orchestras and symphonies, including The Royal, the Moscow and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras; the Czech and the Oslo National Symphony Orchestras, as well as conductors including Charles Dutoit, Edward Gardner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pesěk and Yuri Simonov. Siem has also performed onstage with stars like The Who, Bryan Adams and Jamie Cullen.
Born in London, Siem studied the violin at the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky, and later with Shlomo Mintz, while attending Eton College and Cambridge University. At only 30 years of age, he became the youngest Professor of Music in the UK (Leeds College of Music). He performs with one of the rarest instruments on the classical music stage — a priceless 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin once owned by the king of Prussia.
The musician has also emerged a style ambassador for brands like Dior, BOSS, Giorgio Armani and Dunhill. In addition to being featured in their global marketing campaigns, Siem is often called upon to perform at their shows and events. He has been named to Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List in 2014 and 2017.