IMG Artists is delighted to announce the signing of violist Yulia Deyneka for General Management. Ms Deyneka will be managed by Artist Manager Natalja Slobodyreva out of the company’s Hannover office.

Natalja said of the signing: “I am delighted to work together with such a distinguished musician like Yulia, who shines as a soloist as well as in chamber music. I am highly fascinated by her refined and deep understanding of music.”

Ms Deyneka adds, “I am thrilled to join IMG Artists. It is a great privilege and honour for me to be represented by an outstanding general manager such as Natalja Slobodyreva. Her professional musical background and knowledge bring important input into our collaboration. I am truly happy and looking forward to our upcoming projects!”

Yulia Deyneka is a versatile musician with tenure as a professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin and principal viola of the Berlin Staatskapelle. She is frequently heard as a soloist with various orchestras, most recently in Schnittke’s Viola Concerto under the direction of Andris Nelsons. In the previous season, Yulia Deyneka made a double debut as a soloist at the Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Philharmonie de Paris, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Wolfram Brandl and the Berlin Staatskapelle under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

For more than ten years, she was involved with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, whose viola section was under her tutelage. Since autumn 2016, Yulia Deyneka is a permanent member of the Boulez Ensemble, which is resident in the newly built Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin. She is also a member of the Berlin Staatskapelle String Quartet, which started its own concert cycle at the Pierre Boulez Hall in autumn 2017. Over the last ten years she has received significant musical inspiration from conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta and Simon Rattle and also from soloists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer, Maurizio Pollini, Radu Lupu and Yefim Bronfman.

Yulia was born on the Russian island of Sakhalin in 1982 and later grew up in Moscow. She studied at the renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Alexander Bobrovsky, at the Rostock University of Music and Drama with Felix Schwartz, and at the Berlin University of the Arts with Wilfried Strehle, where she obtained her soloist diploma.