Ilya Gringolts

BIOGRAFIA
Ilya Gringolts is one sensational violinist. From a purely technical point of view, the playing on offer here is nothing short of astounding . . . Well balanced, vivid sound complements a release that violin fans surely will enjoy, one that confirms Gringolts’ growing reputation as a hot virtuoso who’s much more than just a hot virtuoso.

ClassicsToday.com, September 2004 (review of Sibelius/Prokofiev CD)

1982
Born on 2 July in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad)

1987
Begins violin lessons

1988
Begins study with Tatiana Liberova

1990
Enters the St. Petersburg Special Music School

1992
First competition: 2nd prize in the All-Russia Junior Competition

1993
Public performance debut with orchestra in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

1994
First prize in the Youth Assemblies of Art Competition; Moscow Symphony Orchestra debut with Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto no. 2

1995
First competition abroad: prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition in England, where he first meets Menuhin; Western European orchestral debut with the Lahti Symphony (Finland) performing Bruch’s Concerto no. 1

1997
First prize, Wieniawski Junior Competition in Poland

1998
Meets and plays for Itzhak Perlman; first prize in the Paganini Competition

1999
First performs at Verbier Festival in Switzerland; enters Juilliard School of Music where he studies with Dorothy Delay and Itzhak Perlman; North American debut in July performing with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman

2000/01
Major US orchestral debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; recitals in the US and Canada; orchestral engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Atlanta Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra; he is one of twelve young artists selected by the BBC for their New Generation Artists Scheme

2001/02
Signs exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon; orchestral engagements include the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; European tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov; Ravinia Festival recital; recital and concerto tour of Italy, including acclaimed performances with Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists in Florence, Perugia, Siena, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome; in August 2002 he makes his BBC Proms debut, performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no. 1 with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Vassily Sinaisky

2002/03
Engagements this season include concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Barenboim and Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä, as well as with the UBS Verbier Youth Orchestra under Masur and Rostropovich; he gives recitals at the Louvre, Brussels’s Palais des Beaux-Arts, and London’s Wigmore Hall, an all-Bach solo recital at the National Gallery, Washington, DC, and appears at international festivals such as La Jolla and Verbier, where he collaborates with artists including Bashmet, Levine, Shaham, Kirshbaum, Ax, and Andsnes; CD release in summer 2003 to high critical acclaim of his first DG recording, concertos by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich (with the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Itzhak Perlman), followed up by a Bach solo sonata and two partitas (released in spring 2003)

2003/04
This season includes concerts with the Toronto Symphony (under Itzhak Perlman), City of Birmingham Symphony (Andrew Litton), Gothenburg Symphony (Neeme Järvi), and BBC Scottish Symphony (Ilan Volkov); he will also play the Elgar Concerto with William Boughton and the English Symphony Orchestra at the 2004 Birmingham International Elgar Festival; recitals include St. Petersburg, Perugia, Palermo, Milan, Bilbao, Karlsruhe (Germany), Salzburg (Mozarteum), San Francisco, and Tacoma (Washington); new CD release: concertos by Sibelius and Prokofiev with Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

2005
Concerts this year with orchestras including the Hungarian National Philharmonic (Zoltán Kocsis), Moscow State Symphony (Pavel Kogan; in Vienna), and Salzburg Camerata (in London); recitals including Colmar, Seville, and Bilbao, with performances of the Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas in Spain, Zurich, and at London’s Wigmore Hall; festival appearances including Verbier, Dubrovnik, and Kraków; CD release this year: chamber music by Taneyev (with Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Nobuko Imai, and Lynn Harrell)
2006
Appearances this year to feature concerts with orchestras including the Tokyo Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, and Lahti Symphony, as well as recitals in Paris (Louvre), and performing the Beethoven Sonata cycle in Moscow and St. Petersburg

Ilya Gringolts plays the ex-Kiesewetter Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1723, on extended loan from Clement Arrison through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
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