“The solemnity of Vadim Repin’s stance on the platform belies the warmly communicative, profoundly expressive interpretations that have become a trademark of one of today’s most compelling musicians.”
The Daily Telegraph (London)
Born in 1971 in Novosibirsk, Vadim Repin began playing the violin at the age of five and after only six months made his first public appearance. He studied in his hometown with Zakhar Bron. At the age of seven he gave his first performance with orchestra, at eleven, his St. Petersburg recital debut. His international breakthrough came in 1989, when Repin became the youngest-ever winner of the world’s most prestigious and demanding violin competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Since then Vadim Repin has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. He is also a frequent guest at festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Rheingau, Verbier and the BBC Proms. His “Carte blanche” invitation to the Louvre in Paris resulted in a prize-winning live recording of music performed with colleagues including the gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos. His chamber-music partners have included Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Evgeny Kissin, Nikolai Lugansky, Mischa Maisky and Mikhail Pletnev.
The violinist has won numerous prizes including an Echo Award as “Instrumentalist of the Year 1999”, the Diapason d’or, the Prix Caecilia and the Edison Award.
Vadim Repin performs on the 1736 “Von Szerdahely” violin made by Guarneri del Gesù.
This season’s engagements include concerts with James Levine and the Munich Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta and the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Mariss Jansons and the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as his New Zealand debut; performs with Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra at the private wedding-eve concert for Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his bride, the Argentine-born Máxima Zorreguieta.
Concerts with the Baltimore Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony on tour and at Carnegie Hall, and with the Czech Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall; gala concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne together with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Mariss Jansons before an audience of 23,000 and broadcast throughout Europe; recitals throughout the US.
Appearances include two New Year’s Eve gala concerts (on the same evening) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing before an audience of 9,000 people; gala concerts with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Barbican Hall to celebrate the centenary of the London Symphony Orchestra, at the opening of the Olympic Games in Athens and at Munich’s Odeonsplatz before an audience of 8,000 with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; plays Paganini’s violin, the “Cannone” at the Paganini Festival (“Paganiniana”) in Genoa.
Among the concert highlights are Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at London’s Royal Festival Hall with Riccardo Muti and the Philharmonia Orchestra to celebrate the orchestra’s 60th anniversary; concerts with Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra; the world premiere of Daniel Brewbaker’s Violin Concerto “Playing and Being Played” (dedicated to Repin) with Yuri Temirkanov and the Baltimore Symphony. Repin’s first Deutsche Grammophon recording is released in July: chamber music by Sergei Taneyev, with pianist Mikhail Pletnev and other distinguished soloists (Gramophone Award, 2006 in the category “Best Chamber Music Recording”).
Concerts in London and on a tour of the UK with Charles Dutoit and the Philharmonia Orchestra, debut in Vienna with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev, in Amsterdam with Neeme Järvi and the Royal Concertgebouw and in Dresden with Vladimir Jurowski and the Staatskapelle Dresden. North American engagements include a Carnegie Hall appearance with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and a gala performance with Plácido Domingo for Washington Opera’s 50th anniversary. Appearances in Asia with Edo de Waart and the Hong Kong Philharmonic and a Japan tour with Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Festival appearances including Verbier (with Leif Ove Andsnes and Ralph Kirshbaum), Cortona (with Piotr Anderszewski) and the BBC Proms (with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra). In March Vadim Repin signs an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
Concerts include appearances with the New York Philharmonic under Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France under Myung-Whun Chung, the North German Radio (NDR) Symphony Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi on tour in Germany and in Budapest, Vienna and New York (Carnegie Hall), and the Israel Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov in Israel. Engagements with three great London orchestras – the Philharmonic (Vladimir Jurowski), the London Symphony Orchestra (Valery Gergiev) and the Philharmonia (Vladimir Ashkenazy) – in the UK, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti in Amsterdam, London and Birmingham, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov in Paris. Appearances with the Vilnius Festival Orchestra at the Vilnius, Rheingau and Menuhin (Gstaad) Festivals. Recitals with pianist Nikolai Lugansky throughout Europe (including London, Brussels, Moscow and Madrid), and with pianist Itamar Golan in Italy and Argentina. For his debut solo recording on the Yellow Label (release in autumn), Vadim Repin performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Riccardo Muti, and the “Kreutzer” Sonata together with pianist Martha Argerich.
Concerts throughout Europe, including with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier, the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR) and Semyon Bychkov, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Petrenko, the Orchestre de Paris with Neeme Järvi, the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and the Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen; appearances in the USA with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago and Detroit Symphony orchestras, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He goes on extended recital tours in the USA and Europe with Nikolai Lugansky and Itamar Golan, including a concert at the Salzburg Festival; further festival appearances include the Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein festivals.
The year begins with concerts accompanied by the Munich Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann, followed by a tour of Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Performances of the Bruch and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos on tour in Australia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña in Barcelona. Concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra in the USA, Germany and France performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos nos. 1 and 2. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Lanaudière and Menton, and Verbier with Lang Lang and Mischa Maisky. His recording of Brahms’s Violin and Double Concertos is released at the beginning of the year and supported by an extensive tour of Europe, Japan and the USA during which he performs these works with various orchestras.