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Winner of the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year Award, Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs a wide range of repertoire from baroque and classical (often played on gut strings) to new commissions or re-interpretations of modern masterworks.

2013/14 sees Kopatchinskaja continue her regular collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski as they undertake a major European tour together including appearances in Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg and Stuttgart. She also appears with the Philharmonia Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, both with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin under the baton of René Jacobs, Musica Aeterna ensemble ensemble with Teodor Currentzis and she performs Peter Eötvös’ violin concerto DoReMi (with the composer conducting) with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in spring 2014. She also performs DoReMi (again with Eötvös conducting) with the Berliner Philharmoniker as part of Musikfest Berlin in September 2014.

Other highlights include a play/direct programme with the Britten Sinfonia at London’s Barbican Centre and a residency at the 2013 Beethovenfest Bonn featuring a number of chamber concerts as well as a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Bamberger Symphoniker under the baton of Jonathan Nott.

Chamber music is of immense importance to Kopatchinskaja's artistic life and her regular chamber partners include Fazil Say, Sol Gabetta, Markus Hinterhäuser and Polina Leschenko, as well as members of her own family.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja records exclusively for Naïve Classique. This season sees the release of a recording of violin concerti by Prokofiev and Stravinsky with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.

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"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)


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Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs in Japan, China and Hong Kong
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her Britten Sinfonia debut in a play/direct programme
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Prokofiev with LPO & Vladimir Jurowski
Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Peter Eötvös win Gramophone Record of the Year
Barbara Hannigan, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Peter Eötvös win 2013 Gramophone Awards
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Peter Eötvös perform with hr-Sinfonieorchester
Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs in Klimakonzert 2012
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her debut with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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