Frederick Buldrini



Competition Winner

Born: October 29, 1915, New York, NY

Died: September 13, 2005, Island Park, NY

Frederick Buldrini at age 8, was sent to Italy to study violin and at age 14, he received the diploma of Licenza Normale in violin and theory. He returned to New York in 1930 to continue his studies and won the Naumburg Competition as a violinist in 1936. He made his NY debut in Town Hall on November 19, 1936.

Buldrini enjoyed a prolific career as a recording artist playing in many jazz projects and with greats of the day. He recorded with Columbia on compilation recordings of Frank Sinatra, The Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952 and The Columbia Years: 1943-1952; as well as The Divine Sarah Vaughan: The Columbia Years: 1949-1953.  

In 1965 he worked on "Ruth Brown '65" and at the end of the decade with Phil Woods on "Round Trip." In 1970 he teamed up with Antonio Carlos Jobim on "Stone Flower" and "Tide." Others he worked with include: Joe Beck, John Tropea, Bob James, O'Donel Levy, Maynard Ferguson, Earl Klugh, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan among many others. In 1979, he played violin on the soundtrack of "The Wiz" and later the soundtrack of "Fame." In 1985, he was in the orchestra for the original Broadway cast recording of "Les Miserables" as well as in the orchestra pit for Philip Glass's "Satyagraha."

Excerpt from his NY debut recital NY Times review, November 209,1936

Buldrini, Violinist, Heard

"Frederick Buldrini ... The program chosen by the newcomer was one well contrived to display his abiities as interpreter in widely contrasted fields. It opened with the Brahms sonata in G major and its most ponderable offerings included further the Dohnanyi concerto, Op. 27, and the Bach "Chaconne." A final group contained a Veracini largo, Bloch's "Nigun" and Wieniawski's "Scherzo Tarantelle."

Mr. Buldrin's playing was enthusiastically received." N.S.


1936 Naumburg Competition

First Prize

Commissioned Works

Fred Lerdahl: Episodes and Refrains

Naumburg Performances

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