Violinists: The Truth Seeker

Among today's rich blend of young violin virtuosos, it would take a mouthful as well as an earful to match the likes of Itzhak Perlman, 21, Young Uck Kim, 19, and Pinchas Zuckerman, 18. Their close friend and former classmate scores high on all counts. His name is James Oliver Buswell IV.

Last week James IV, 20, made his Manhattan recital debut in a series imposingly titled "Great Performers at Philharmonic Hall." If Buswell is not quite ready for that adjective, his musicianship shows that he may soon be within reach of it. He is a devotee of the...

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