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Russian violinist ILYA GRINGOLTS captivates the audience with his virtuosic performances and sensitive interpretations, and is always looking for new musical challenges.
After studying violin and composition in St. Petersburg, Ilya Gringolts attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Itzhak Perlman. In 1998, he won the prestigious “Paganini Prize” competition, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the competition.
In great demand as a soloist, he dedicates himself both to the great orchestral repertoire and to contemporary and less popular works. He performed the world premieres of works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Augusta Read Thomas, Christophe Bertrand and Michael Jarrell, and Bernhard Lang. He is also very interested in historically informed performance practice and collaborates for this with renowned ensembles such as the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Arcangelo and Oxford Philharmonia.
Ilya Gringolts performs with leading orchestras from around the world including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and both orchestras of the SWR (South West German Radio).
Recent highlights include projects with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Orchester Sinfónica de Galicia, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
Ilya Gringolts inaugurated the last season at the Enescu Festival, performing Michael Jarrell’s Violin Concerto and plans further invitations to play with internationally renowned ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra della Toscana and the NRK Norwegian Radio Orchestra. In the spring of 2020, Ilya Gringolts was appointed artist in residence at the Musiktage in Badenweiler, alongside the guests Meta4 and Kristian Bezuidenhout, as well as, the Gringolts Quartet where he is the first violin.
Gringolts founded the quartet in 2008 and enjoyed great success at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and the Edinburgh Festival and in the most renowned international concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Konzerthaus in Dortmund and finally the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Highly demanded as a chamber musician, Ilya Gringolts regularly collaborates with the likes of James Boyd, David Kadouch, Itamar Golan, Peter Laul, Aleksandar Madzar, Nicolas Altstaedt, Christian Poltera, Andreas Ottensamer, Antoine Tamestit and Jörg Widmann.
His numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, BIS, Hyperion and Onyx are widely praised by critics and the 2013 recording of Paganini’s Twenty-Four Capricci for solo violin receives excellent reviews. In the orchestral field he publishes the Weinberg Violin Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015, the Dvorak Violin Concerto with the Prague Philharmonic and the Korngold and Adams Concerts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
In 2018, Ilya Gringolts released the second CD in his project to record Stravinsky’s complete works for violin, together with the Galician Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk.
In addition to the position of violin professor for the Zurich Academy of Arts, he is also a Violin International Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He begins teaching at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana at the Summer Academy in 2021.
Ilya Gringolts plays a Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù” violin from Cremona (1742-43).