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

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Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Ariane Levy-Künstler +44 (0)20 3725 9138
Amy Charlton +44 (0)20 3725 9125

Biography

Artistic Partner: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

 

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2014, 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.

2014/15 sees Kopatchinskaja make her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker performing Peter EötvösDoReMi under the baton of the composer as part of Musikfest Berlin. Other highlights this season include her debut with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and performances with the Rotterdam

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Artistic Partner: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

 

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2014, 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.

2014/15 sees Kopatchinskaja make her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker performing Peter EötvösDoReMi under the baton of the composer as part of Musikfest Berlin. Other highlights this season include her debut with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR/Sir Roger Norrington and the Philharmonia Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy. She is also Artist-in-Residence with the hr-sinfonieorchester during the 2014/15 season.

In spring 2015 Kopatchinskaja tours Switzerland with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo and the Netherlands and France with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Philippe Herreweghe. She also performs Gubaidulina’s Offertorium on a major European tour with NDR Sinfonieorchester and Thomas Hengelbrock. Kopatchinskaja was recently named as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and her first performance in this role will take place in November 2014.

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

Kopatchinskaja records exclusively for Naïve Classique. Releases this season include “Take Two!” - a disc of rare duets – and a recording of works by Galina Ustvolskaya with Markus Hinterhäuser for ECM. 

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Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Ariane Levy-Künstler +44 (0)20 3725 9138
Amy Charlton +44 (0)20 3725 9125

Reviews

"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

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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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