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German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability – her “soulful poise and beautifully produced tone” (The Telegraph) combined with rare “technical brilliance” (The Guardian) make her one of the most-sought after soloist before the public today. Julia Fischer opened the 2015-16 season with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the Lucerne Festival and the BBC Proms – unanimously acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Fall and winter sees Ms. Fischer collaborating amongst others with Kirill Petrenko and the Staatsorchester Munich performing the Elgar Violin Concerto, with Thomas Sondergard and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Salonen Violin Concerto and continuing her longstanding relationship with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on tour through Germany featuring the world premiere of Andrey Rubtsov Violin Concerto written for Julia Fischer. Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 1995, Julia Fischer is a jury member of the Menuhin Competition 2016 in London celebrating the Menuhin Centenary. A gala concert features Ms. Fischer’s performance of Bartok’s First Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall

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German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability – her “soulful poise and beautifully produced tone” (The Telegraph) combined with rare “technical brilliance” (The Guardian) make her one of the most-sought after soloist before the public today.

Julia Fischer opened the 2015-16 season with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the Lucerne Festival and the BBC Proms – unanimously acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Fall and winter sees Ms. Fischer collaborating amongst others with Kirill Petrenko and the Staatsorchester Munich performing the Elgar Violin Concerto, with Thomas Sondergard and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Salonen Violin Concerto and continuing her longstanding relationship with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on tour through Germany featuring the world premiere of Andrey Rubtsov Violin Concerto written for Julia Fischer. Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 1995, Julia Fischer is a jury member of the Menuhin Competition 2016 in London celebrating the Menuhin Centenary. A gala concert features Ms. Fischer’s performance of Bartok’s First Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall alongside the 2016 competition winners in April 2016. Julia Fischer celebrates the finale of her 2015-16 season with the Chicago Symphony and its Music Director Riccardo Muti interpreting Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Beethoven will also be at the centre of Julia Fischer recital performances throughout the season:

Together with pianist Igor Levit, Ms. Fischer is presenting the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas at Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Berlin’s Philharmonie, at Zurich’s Tonhalle, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Before a highly anticipated recital performance at Salzburg Whitsun Festival in spring 2016, Ms. Fischer embarks on a nine city tour of Europe with the Julia Fischer Quartet. Founded by Ms. Fischer in 2011 together with violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Nils Mönkemeyer and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger, the quartet has garnered ecstatic acclaim ever since. The quartet celebrated debut appearances amongst others at the Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt Wigmore Hall, and Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Prague Spring Festival. Duo performances with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott in summer 2016 will complement Julia Fischer’s chamber music activities, coinciding with the release of a joint recording featuring the duo works for violin and violoncello by Halvorsen, Kodály, Ravel and Schulhoff for Orfeo.

Recent recordings for the Decca Classics label feature the Bruch & Dvořák violin concertos with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman as well as works of Sarasate for violin and piano with frequent collaborator Milana Chernyavska. Her 2011 recording, "Poème," features works by Chausson, Respighi, Suk and Vaughan Williams, and was released to great critical acclaim including a listing on the quarterly “Bestenliste” of the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. This highly poignant album is the last recording of the late Yakov Kreizberg – a close collaborator of Ms. Fischer for years – conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. It was preceded by the fall 2010 release of Paganini’s 24 Caprices and her 2009 recording for Decca of Bach violin concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.  Upon its U.S. release the Bach recording became the fastest-selling classical music debut in iTunes history.

Previous recordings were released on the PentaTone label. Ms. Fischer's debut CD, a recording of Russian Violin Concertos by Khatchaturian, Prokofiev and Glazunov with the Russian National Orchestra under Yakov Kreizberg, won Germany’s coveted ECHO Award in 2005. She recorded Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in 2005 and this recording earned worldwide critical praise including the rare distinction of winning three of France’s most prestigious awards: the Diapason d’Or; the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique; and the highest rating from Classica Repertoire. The Bach recording also saw her awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award as “Best Newcomer” in 2006.  In 2007, her Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto recording saw her awarded the ECHO award for “Instrumentalist of the Year”. Ms. Fischer was named “Artist of the Year” at the 2007 Gramophone Awards and “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.

Born in Munich, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and took over Ms. Chumachenco’s chair at the Academy in fall of 2011. Throughout her career, Ms. Fischer has always maintained her piano studies.  On January 1st, 2008 she made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and conductor Matthias Pintscher. On the same program, she performed the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3.  A DVD of this concert, recorded by Unitel Classica, was released by Decca in September 2010.

 

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