Viktoria Mullova - Violin

Viktoria Mullova studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and the Moscow Conservatoire. Her extraordinary talent captured international attention when she won first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982 which was followed, in 1983, by her dramatic and much publicized defection to the West. She has since appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors and at the major international festivals. She is now known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Her curiosity spans the breadth of musical development from baroque and classical right up to the most contemporary influences from the world of fusion and experimental music.

Her interest in the authentic approach has led to collaborations with period instrument bands such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Il Giardino Armonico, Venice Baroque, Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique and Accademia Bizantina with whom she recently recorded a disc of Bach Concerti. She has a close association with harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone, with whom she has toured extensively and which led Tim Ashley to write, “To hear Mullova play Bach is, simply, one of the greatest things you can experience...” in the Guardian. Her recording of Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas represents a significant milestone in Viktoria’s personal journey into Bach’s music. The recording received 5-star reviews from all over the world and she is embarking on an international several season-long, series of solo Bach recitals.

Viktoria also performs regularly in duo recital with the pianist Katia Labèque. The duo has toured extensively throughout Europe and will embark on a new tour in 2015. Their disc ‘Recital’ received critical acclaim.

Her ventures into creative contemporary music started in 2000 with her album “Through the Looking Glass” in which she played world, jazz and pop music arranged for her by Matthew Barley. Her exploration continues, commissioning works from young composers such as Fraser Trainer, Thomas Larcher and Dai Fujikura. Her most recent project, “The Peasant Girl” with the Matthew Barley Ensemble, in which they perform music from a diverse musical canvas with roots in classical, gypsy and jazz, has been warmly received by audiences and critics alike. She has recorded and presented this project in concerts throughout Europe and Central America.

Her rich musical diversity has been celebrated in several high-profile residences, including London’s Southbank and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. She was the London Symphony Orchestra’s “Artist in Focus” in 2010/2011. In 2011/12 she was Artist- in-Residence at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and Musikfest Bremen. Recently, Viktoria was Artist- in-Residence in Barcelona as well as at the 2013 Helsinki Festival.

Mullova’s extensive discography for Philips Classics and Onyx Classics has attracted many prestigious awards. Her recording of the Vivaldi Concertos with Il Giardino Armonico and directed by Giovanni Antonini, won the Diapason D’Or of the Year award for 2005 and her recording featuring Beethoven’s Op 12 No 3 and Kreutzer Sonatas with Kristian Bezuidenhout won immense critical acclaim. Other discs have included the Schubert Octet with the Mullova Ensemble, Bach Sonatas with Ottavio Dantone and “6 Solo Sonatas and Partitas” by JS Bach.

Viktoria either plays on her ‘Jules Falk’ 1723 Stradivarius or a Guadagnini violin.

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