One of the world´s leading violinists, Julia Fischer is a versatile musician also known for her extraordinary abilities as a concert pianist, a chamber musician and a violin teacher. Born in Munich to German-Slovakian parents Julia received her first violin lessons at the age of 3 and her first piano lessons shortly after from her mother Viera Fischer. At the age of 9 she started studying with the renowned violin professor Ana Chumachenco, later becoming her successor. The first prize at the international Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 1995 was one of the milestones in her early career and she has since performed with top orchestras worldwide frequently working with renowned conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov and Franz Welser-Möst.
During the season 2019-2020, Julia Fischer appears in concert with the London Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Symphony with Vladimir Jurowski, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic with Philippe Jordan, Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti, Orchestre National de France with Emmanuel Krivine and Bamberg Symphony under Jakub Hrůša. She also embarks on a tour of Europe with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst. She gives recitals in major European concert halls with the pianist Aris Blettenberg as well as with the Julia Fischer Quartet. She recently completed two extensive tours of Asia, one with the Dresden Philharmonic and Michael Sanderling, and the other with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski. Other highlights of the past season included a European tour with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, an orchestra she lead from the violin in a program featuring Augustin Hadelich.
In 2011 Julia Fischer founded her own Quartet with Alexander Sitkovetsky, Nils Mönkemeyer and Benjamin Nyffenegger and continues to tour extensively in this formation. Her concert at the Alte Oper Frankfurt in 2010 marked her debut as a pianist: She performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in the second half of the concert, having played Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in the first half. The performance is available on a Decca-released DVD. Teaching is another integral part of her musical life as she continues to nurture and guide young talent including performances alongside her students. She regularly gives masterclasses at Musikferien at Lake Starnberg (Starnberger See). In 2019, Julia Fischer founded a children’s orchestra, the Kindersinfoniker, teaming up with Johannes X. Schachtner and pianist Henri Bonamyin her home town of Munich.
Over the course of her artistic career Julia Fischer has released numerous critically acclaimed and awarded CD and DVD recordings, first under the Pentatone label and later under Decca. Breaking new ground in the classical music market, she has recently launched her own music platform, the JF CLUB, which offers exclusive audio and video footage, previews of her new recordings as well as personal insight into music and her her work. The six solo sonatas by Eugène Ysaye, César Franck’s Sonata in A major and Karol Szymanowski’s Sonata in D minor are all available exclusively on JF CLUB.
Julia Fischer holds numerous awards including the Federal Cross of Merit, Gramophone Award and the German Culture Prize. She plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1742) as well as an instrument made by Phillipp Augustin (2018).
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Julia Fischer will perform at the Bavarian State Opera on Monday, 30 March at 20:15 CEST. The programme includes Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 3, op. 12, Tchaikovsky's Souvenir d’un lieu cher and Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3. She is joined by pianist Tatiana...
Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott Tour Brahms Double Concerto with the Bavarian State Orchestra
This month, Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott will be touring with the Bavarian State Orchestra, performing Brahms Double Concerto in A Minor under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, Chief Conductor Designate of the Berlin Philharmonic. Kicking off the tour with two...
Julia Fischer is breaking new ground in order to allow classical music enthusiasts and fans to participate more directly in her concert life and to inspire new audiences for classical music. To this end, she is now launching the JF CLUB online. Members have the...