Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Violin

“As an interpreter I am most interested in communicating the meaning and inner workings of the music. Curiosity drives me to explore many different musical frontiers.” 
- Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Ariane Levy-Künstler +44 (0)20 3725 9138
Amy Louden +44 (0)20 3725 9101

Biography

Artistic Partner: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

 

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja's versatility shows itself in her diverse repertoire, ranging from baroque and classical often played on gut strings, to new commissions and re-interpretations of modern masterworks.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include the opening concerts of the new SWR Symphonieorchester with whom she performs Peter EötvösDoReMi Violin Concerto (with the composer himself conducting), and an appearance with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester as part of the inaugural performances of the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. She also makes her debuts with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Krzysztof Urbański, and with Gothenburg Symphony. Continuing her regular collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, she appears with them in London and New York under Vladimir Jurowski.

Artistic Partner: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

 

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja's versatility shows itself in her diverse repertoire, ranging from baroque and classical often played on gut strings, to new commissions and re-interpretations of modern masterworks.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include the opening concerts of the new SWR Symphonieorchester with whom she performs Peter EötvösDoReMi Violin Concerto (with the composer himself conducting), and an appearance with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester as part of the inaugural performances of the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. She also makes her debuts with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Krzysztof Urbański, and with Gothenburg Symphony. Continuing her regular collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, she appears with them in London and New York under Vladimir Jurowski. 

György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto is a particular focus of Kopatchinskaja’s current season; she will perform the work widely including with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, with Filharmonica della Scala under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Teodor Currentzis.

This season Kopatchinskaja is Artist in Residence at three major European venues and festivals: at the Berlin Konzerthaus, at the Wigmore Hall in London and at the Kissinger Sommer Festival. She also embarks on a number of European tours with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Wiener Symphoniker and Musica Aeterna.

Chamber music is immensely important to Kopatchinskaja and she performs regularly with artists such as Markus Hinterhäuser, Polina Leschenko, Anthony Romaniuk and Anu Komsi, appearing at such leading venues as the Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

A prolific recording artist, Kopatchinskaja’s next major release will be a new CD recording of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra – with whom she is an Artistic Partner.

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Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Ariane Levy-Künstler +44 (0)20 3725 9138
Amy Louden +44 (0)20 3725 9101

Reviews

“Patricia Kopatchinskaja shows her astonishing artistry on 'Take Two' and 'Chiaroscuro ... Her body and her instrument and the music she makes all seem one. She is ever thrilling alive to the moment ... I don't have to think twice about making my recording of the year." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, November 2015)

“Patricia Kopatchinskaja excels in Thomas Larcher's extraordinary violin concerto; she brings a fiery originality to everything she plays.” ***** (Michael Church, The Independent, October 2015)

“What is beyond argument is her fierce, questing intelligence, allied to a virtuosity that lets her turn her instrument into a thousand different characters in a drama to which only she has the script.” (Richard Morrison, The Times, March 2014)

“Kopatchinskaja’s inimitable range of tonal colours and dynamics came to the fore.” (George Hall, The Guardian, March 2014)

“Patricia Kopatchinskaja shows her astonishing artistry on 'Take Two' and 'Chiaroscuro ... Her body and her instrument and the music she makes all seem one. She is ever thrilling alive to the moment ... I don't have to think twice about making my recording of the year." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, November 2015)

“Patricia Kopatchinskaja excels in Thomas Larcher's extraordinary violin concerto; she brings a fiery originality to everything she plays.” ***** (Michael Church, The Independent, October 2015)

“What is beyond argument is her fierce, questing intelligence, allied to a virtuosity that lets her turn her instrument into a thousand different characters in a drama to which only she has the script.” (Richard Morrison, The Times, March 2014)

“Kopatchinskaja’s inimitable range of tonal colours and dynamics came to the fore.” (George Hall, The Guardian, March 2014)

“Kopatchinskaja's outer movements are full of sharp wit and glitter….. The closing minutes of the Finale are spectacular, each gear change accomplished with devilish glee.” (Graham Rickson, theartsdesk.com, November 2013)

"This is a violinist with something more important to offer than dazzling technique. It’s called character." (Geoff Brown, The Times, October 2013)

“Kopatchinskaja's talent is formidable, her energy boundless, and she infuses the musicians around her with the power of musical possibilities. Like a lithe sapling on stage, she draws musical energy as a tree draws nutrients and translates this deep power through supple movement and expressive bowing into unforgettable shared experiences.” (Canberra Times, July 2013)

“Kopatchinskaja is certainly a performer who puts the fun back into music making.” (Steve Moffatt, The (Australian) Telegraph, July 2013)

“The symphony was preceded by an irresistible performance of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto. The young, bare-footed, tousle-headed Patricia Kopatchinskaja, from Moldova, made it very much her own. No high-gloss virtuosity here, but an elusive, unpredictable and wonderfully imaginative performance of great sweetness and great strength.” (Hilary Finch, The Times, May 2013)

“There are so many young violinists making waves today, but no-one more exciting than Patricia Kopatchinskaja…” (Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International, March 2013)

“In everything I’ve heard her play Patricia Kopatchinskaja marries consummate technical brilliance and an amazing aural imagination with a capacity to bring completely new interpretative perspectives to some very familiar music.” (Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine, February 2013)

“Despite the huge technical challenges thrown at her, Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays with a deep and selfless understanding of each score.” (The Sunday Times, January 2013)

"In the culminating cadenza - which Ligeti asked the soloist to devise - Kopatchinskaja’s violin comes close to disintegrating under the force of her spectacular display". (Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, December 2012)

The notes seem to tumble from the young Moldavian - for some time now an additional star in the violinist sky - like coloured garlands. Her playing is quasi weightless, even if the piece is as complex as Bartóks second violin concerto. (Frankfurter Neue Presse, July 2012)

"It quickly becomes clear that for Kopatchinskaja only one thing is of importance: music. She devotes herself to Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with an unrestrained performance at the verge of obsession. If she does not play herself, she sings and swings with the music. But when she plays she seems to merge with her instrument." (Südkurier, April 2012)

The Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is endowed with an explosive technique. She can reach every possible colour of tone and conjure captivatingly beautiful cantilenas. (Deister und Weserzeitung, March 2012)

"The 34-year-old Moldavian's interpretation Beethoven's Violin Concerto was so incredibly outrageous, so lively and so original that one could only marvel. It was one of the most exciting performances of Beethoven's Solitaire, one has ever heard in the concert hall.” (Ruhr Nachrichten, May 2011)

"Gifted Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja has slimmed her tone to a fragile finesse…the freshness of this interpretation is exhilarating." (Geoff Brown, The Times, November 2009)

Patricia Kopatchinskaja's warmly recorded account of the Beethoven Violin Concerto must be one of the most stimulating and provocative that has ever been committed to disc.  Studying the composer's autograph has inspired her to provide a radically different interpretation of the work to the one with which most people will be familiar. (BBC Music Magazine, December 2009)