Julia Fischer

(b. 15 June 1983)

Julia Fischer is ranked as one of the leading violinists of the day, captivating audiences world-wide with her music. She was born in Munich in 1983 to German-Slovak parents, and began her musical training at just four years old. In 2006, she was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt-am-Main. Winning the international Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 1995 was a significant milestone in her lightning career. Since then, Julia Fischer has performed with reputed conductors and leading orchestras throughout the world. Many of her concerts have been recorded for and/or broadcast live on radio and television.

Julia Fischer receives regular invitations from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, to perform in the USA. She also plays with the leading European orchestras, including the Vienna Symphonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

There is not a day in my life without Bach.

Other major conductors with whom Julia Fischer has performed include: Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Neville Marriner and Marek Janowski. Julia Fischer is an ardent chamber musician, and performs regularly with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Daniel Müller-Schott, among others. She receives invitations to play at the major international festivals, such as London’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, where she was awarded the Soloist Prize in 1997.

All CD releases of the young violinist with PENTATONE have received major accolades and awards – many have received a Diapason d’Or as well as a Choc from the Monde de la Musique. Her recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin was even voted the BBC Music Magazine Award as “Best Newcomer 2006” and the Diapason d’Or de l’Année.  Fischer plays on an Italian violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, dating from 1742.

Soft as a Zephirhauch, as conjured from nothing, Fischer played the opening bars and left the listeners breathless.

Martin Helmchen

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