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"One of the most distinctive voices in the violin world at the moment is surely that of Patricia Kopatchinskaja.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, February 2018
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja's versatility shows itself in her diverse repertoire, ranging from baroque and classical often played on gut strings, to new commissions and re-interpretations of modern masterworks.
Kopatchinskaja’s 2017/18 season commenced with the world premiere of her new project Dies Irae at the Lucerne Festival where she was ‘artiste étoile’. Following the success of Bye Bye Beethoven with Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 2016, Dies Irae is her second staged programme which draws on music from Gregorian Chant to contemporary music. The project is conceptualised using the theme from the Latin Requiem Mass which features music from composers such as Scelsi, Biber and Ustwolskaja. It will be premiered in North America as part of her position as Music Director at the Ojai Festival this June. The violinist will also revive Bye Bye Beethoven for performances in Berkeley and as part of the Aldeburgh Festival this summer.
György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto is again a feature of Kopatchinskaja’s season and highlights include performances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest under Rafael Payare and concerts with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI.
Last season’s highlights included Kopatchinskaja as Artist in Residence at major European venues and festivals including the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Lucerne Festival and London’s Wigmore Halll as well as performances with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Phil and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in London and New York under Vladimir Jurowski.
Chamber music is immensely important to Kopatchinskaja and she performs regularly with artists such as Markus Hinterhäuser, Polina Leschenko, Anthony Romaniuk and Jay Campbell appearing at such leading venues as the Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She is also an Artistic Partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and performs with the ensemble regularly, both in Saint Paul and internationally. The 17/18 season will see her partner with cellist Jay Campbell in an eclectic programme at New York City’s Armory, and for a series of recitals around Europe with pianist Polina Leschenko including London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Boulez Saal and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Kopatchinskaja was awarded the prestigious Swiss Grand Award for Music by the Switzerland Federal Office of Culture in September 2017 and has already added to her success this season with a Grammy award in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category for her recording, Death and the Maiden performed with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra released on Alpha Classics.
A prolific recording artist, the last few seasons have also seen a number of major releases including an album of Kancheli’s music with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica, a disc of duos entitled TAKE TWO on Alpha Classics, a recording of Schumann’s Violin Concerto and Fantasy with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under Heinz Holliger for Audite, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Teodor Currentzis and Musica Aeterna released on Sony. Patricia’s disc for Naïve Classique featuring concerti by Bartók, Ligeti and Peter Eötvös won Gramophone’s Recording of the Year Award in 2013, an ECHO Klassik Award and a 2014 Grammy nomination. Her most recent album, Deux, released in January 2018 for Alpha was recorded with recital partner Polina Leschenko. Together the duo explore and reimagine the sonatas of Ravel, Poulenc, Bartok and Dohnányi.