“……………..He is an exceptionally talented violinist and it was a pleasure for me to work with him……………..I recommend him to you very highly.”
Born in Bombay, India, Farhad Billimoria started learning the violin under Jini Dinshaw, M.B.E. and already began to impress international artistes from a very early age. Taken up by his exceptional talent, Walter Verdehr chose him in 1988 to study at Michigan State University, U.S.A. as the youngest student on a scholarship, where he was concertmaster of the symphony orchestra and graduated with Distinction in 1993. He then continued his violin studies in Austria with Bijan Khadem-Missagh and chamber music with Klaus Peisteiner of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1999 he completed his studies in Violin Performance with Distinction.
Farhad Billimoria has actively participated in several masterclasses held by world-renowned musicians, including Joseph Fuchs and Dorothy Delay (both Juilliard School of Music), Mstislav Rostropovich, Ruggiero Ricci and Pinchas Zukerman. In 1993 he was a prizewinner at the International Chamber Music Festival Austria.
Numerous concerts, including one with José Carreras, have taken him to many countries in Europe as well as to the U.S.A., South Africa, India and Cuba. He has also performed regularly at Sangat, the only Western-classical music festival in India, under the patronage of Zubin Mehta. In addition to various solo and chamber music performances, including concerts as violinist of the Magdeburger Piano Trio, Farhad Billimoria is presently First Concertmaster of the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie Schönebeck.