THE RED VIOLIN: FILM WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

The Red Violin follows the intricate history of a mysterious antique violin from its creation by a legendary violin maker in 1681 Cremona, Italy, to an auction house in modern-day Montreal where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson). Follow the violin's journey as it travels through five different countries over the course of four centuries, mysteriously impacting all who play it. 

The Red Violin Film with Live Orchestra, presented in its inaugural season with internationally acclaimed violinist, Lara St. John, comes with the film, complete score and parts, a conductor's cue book, and an additional version of the film programmed with all visual cues for conductor and soloist. Technical Rider is available upon request. The traveling crew includes a solo violinist, video show controller and sound engineer.  


John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. As the composer for The Red Violin, Corigliano received the Oscar for Best Original Score.

Attentive listening to his music reveals an unconfined imagination, one which has taken traditional notions like "symphony" or "concerto" and redefined them in a uniquely transparent idiom forged as much from the post-war European avant garde as from his American forebears.Recent scores include One Sweet Morning (2011) a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008) for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The RedViolin (2005) developed from the themes of the score to the film of the same name; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000) for orchestra and amplified soprano, the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus (2004); and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music).In 2015 the Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for their stunning new production ofCorigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, conducted by James Conlon, staged by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjac and starring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman and Patti LuPone.

Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College, City University of New York, which has established a scholarship in his name.


François Girard is known as much for his filmmaking as for his staging of operas and theatricalplays.  

In 1993, Girard’s feature film Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould garnered international success including four top Genie Awards. He directed The Red Violin five years later, featuring Samuel L. Jackson, which received an Academy Award for Best Original Score and enshrined Girard as an important player on the international movie scene. The Red Violin also won eight Genie Awards and nine Jutra Awards. Silk, which he later directed, features Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina, Miki Nakatani and Koji Yakusho. Adapted from Alessandro Baricco’s best-selling book, Silk received four Jutra Awards after its worldwide release in 2007. Girard’s latest film Boychoir, features Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates and Eddie Izzard, among others. 

His 1994 concert film Peter Gabriel’s Secret World became a bestseller, earning Girard a Grammy Award. He also directed one of the six episodes in Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach, the internationally acclaimed series.

In 1997, Girard made his debut as an opera director with Oedipus Rex / Symphony of Psalms by Stravinsky and Cocteau. This production received numerous awards and was named by The Guardian as “the best theatrical show of the year.” Other operas Girard directed include Lost Objects for the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Wagner’s Siegfried; Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Flight of Lindbergh / Seven Deadly Sins; and Kaija Saariaho's Émilie. Girard most recently directed Parsifal, earning he and the Metropolitan Opera remarkable acclaim. 

For the stage, Girard has also directed Alessandro Barrico’s Novecento; Kafka’s Trial, Yasushi Inoue’s Hunting Gun, and a new production of Waiting for Godot that he is currently working on. In recent years, Cirque du Soleil commissioned Girard to write and direct Zed, their first permanent show in Tokyo, and later Zarkana. After opening at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Zarkana was performed at the Kremlin Theatre before becoming a resident show in Las Vegas. For his work in drama, Girard is a three-time winner of the much-coveted Herald Angel Award for Best Production.

To date, François Girard’s accomplishments have earned him over one hundred international awards and public acclaim the world over. hundred international awards and public acclaim the world over.


The Red Violin Film with Live Orchestra is a production of Schirmer Theatrical, LLC.  The Red Violin film (© Rhombus Media Inc.) is used by permission of Rhombus Media Inc. The Red Violin film score by John Corigliano (© G. Schirmer, Inc. & Sony/ATV Tunes, LLC), is used by permission. This production is under license from Rhombus Media Inc. and G. Schirmer, Inc.