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Victoria Mullova

Viktoria Mullova studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and the Moscow Conservatoire. The violinist captured international attention when she won the first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982 which was followed, in 1983, by her dramatic and much publicized defection to the West. She has since appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors and at the major international festivals. Viktoria Mullova is now known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Her curiosity spans the breadth of musical development from baroque and classical right up to the most contemporary influences from the world of fusion and experimental music.

Her rich musical diversity has been celebrated in several high-profile residences, including London’s Southbank, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Her interest in the authentic approach has led to collaborations with period instrument bands such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Il Giardino Armonico or Venice Baroque. In the 2012/13 season she appears with, among others, Orchestre National de Lyon, NHK Symphony and Finnish Radio, as well as on an extensive tour with Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone.

Mullova’s extensive discography for Philips Classics and Onyx Classics has attracted many prestigious awards, such as the ›Diaspon d’Or‹ 2005. She has also recorded world music, jazz and pop – among others her current project ›The Peasant Girl‹ with the Matthew Barley Ensemble.

Viktoria Mullova either plays on her ›Jules Falk‹ 1723 Stradivarius or a Guadagnini violin.  (Status 2012, Source: KuenstlerSekretariat am Gasteig)


Gidon Kremer

During his remarkable career of over 35 years, Gidon Kremer has established a world-wide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation, he is known to avoid the beaten track and often break new ground.

Born 1947 in Riga, Latvia, he began playing the violin at the age of four. In 1965 he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory and won among others the first prize in both Paganini and Tchaikovsky International Competitions. Numerous awards followed.

In 1981 Kremer founded Lockenhaus, an intimate chamber music festival that takes place every summer in Austria. In 1997, he founded the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra to foster outstanding young musicians from the three Baltic States. Since then, Kremer has been touring extensively with the orchestra appearing at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls.

In February 2002 he and the Kremerata Baltica were awarded with the Grammy for the recording ›After Mozart‹ and received an ECHO prize in Germany. Kremer has appeared on virtually every major concert stage with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and America. Also he has collaborated with today’s foremost conductors and has made more than 100 albums.

Gidon Kremer’s repertoire is unusually extensive, encompassing all of the standard classical and romantic violin works, as well as music by twentieth- and twenty-first century masters. He has given special attentiveness to such diverse composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina, Luigi Nono and Aribert Reimann.

From 2002 to 2006, Gidon Kremer was artistic director of the Basle festival ‘les muséiques’.

He plays a ‘Nicola Amati’ from 1641.  (Status 2009, Source: Impresariat Simmenauer)