Hailed by critics as an “outstanding violinist”, “of fiery temperament”, with “intense, brilliant, sumptuous sound” and “impressive virtuosity”, Virgil Boutellis-Taft performs as soloist and chamber musician in major international concert halls: Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Benaroya Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Cammilleri Hall, Salle Gaveau, the Phillips Collection, Tel Aviv Opera …, and with orchestras such as the Dayton Philharmonic, the Springfield Symphony, the Israel Chamber Orchestra Emeritus, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Sinfonia Varsovia.
First Prize of the Conservatoire de Paris at age 16 and a laureate of the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation, Virgil continued his education at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, at the Royal College of Music in London and at Tel Aviv University for a post doc, as part of its “International Music Program”. Throughout his studies, he worked with soloists and pedagogues such as Michele Auclair, Zakhar Bron, Ivry
Gitlis, Ida Haendel, Schlomo Mintz, Igor Oistrakh, Haim Taub, Hagai Shaham, Almita Vamos.
In 2010, he won the first prize of the ISA international competition in Austria.
In 2012, he became a Laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation.
Parallel to the study of the violin, Virgil began the piano at age 7, with pianist Fanny Raust, classmate and chamber music partner of Ginette Neveu.
Virgil plays the Domenico Montagnana “ex Régis Pasquier” Venice 1742, by generous loan of an anonymous benefactor.