He studied classical music at the Juilliard School, but is best known today as a versatile performer in jazz, contemporary classical music, and rock styles on the electric violin, often performing on 6 string fretted and fretless instruments. He has recorded a solo album for Windham Hill Records and appears on many Windham Hill compilations. He was formerly a violinist with the Turtle Island String Quartet and has also performed with pianist Jim Brickman and with composer Terry Riley.
Silverman is well known for his unique performance style; the BBC Radio has called him "The greatest living exponent of the electric violin". He has performed in many venues all over the world, including at the gala opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles where he was the featured soloist in the premiere of John Adams' composition The Dharma at Big Sur, performing alongside cellist Yo Yo Ma.
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