Virtuosity, expressiveness, variety of tones and brilliant technique are the main qualities of an extraordinary artist.
Vadim Repin was born in Siberia in 1971 and age 11 won all categories of the Wienawski Competition. His debuts in Moscow and St. Petersburg followed immediately afterwards and at the age of 14 he had debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin and Helsinki and a year later in Carnegie Hall in New York. At 17 he was the youngest ever winner of the Reine Elisabeth Concours. Since then he has performed with the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors and in all major music centres.
Vadim Repin recorded the great Russian violin concerti by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky for Warner Classics. For Deutsche Grammophon he recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti and the Kreutzer Sonata with Martha Argerich, and the Brahms Violin Concerto and Double Concerto (with Truls Mørk, cello) with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly. His DG recordings of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov trios with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang won the Echo Prize, and a sonata CD with works by Grieg, Janacek and César Franck with Nikolai Lugansky won the BBC Music Award. In 2010 he was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur and the the highest French award, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, for his services to music. In Beijing he was named Honorary Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music in 2014 and was also awarded this title by the Shanghai Conservatory in 2015.
In April 2014 he created the first Transsiberian Arts Festival in Novosibirsk’s magnificent new concert hall, where as Artistic Director he commissioned and performed the world premières of Benjamin Yussupov’s “Voices of Violin”, Lera Auerbach’s “De Profundis”, Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Dialogue: You and I”, and Alexander Raskatov’s violin concerto “Ex Oriente Lux”. The festival was enthusiastically received, and took place for the sixth time this year in March and April. Besides Novosibirsk the Festival is now present at many other venues in Russia, Japan, Israel, Vienna, the USA and France, and has a special focus on young musicians. Last season he gave a series of masterclasses for young violinists at the Salzburg Mozarteum and was a juror at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
On a European tour with the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, he performed the premières of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s double concerto “Shadow Walker” together with Daniel Hope. In the last and upcoming seasons, the programme “Pas de deux” with dancer Svetlana Zakharova has been performed in Hong Kong, Muscat, Japan and Korea, and he has given concerts at the Enescu Festival Bucharest, in Verbier – most recently with Lahav Shani conducting – and at the Montreal Festival with Kent Nagano. Highlights include concerts with the RAI Torino Orchestra, a return to the Enescu Festival, Gubaidulina’s new violin concerto in Carnegie Hall and in Vienna, in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, as well as numerous concerts in Korea, Japan and China.
Vadim Repin plays the 1733 ‘Rode’ violin by Antonio Stradivari.
LA PRESSE EN PARLE
“Vadim Repin (…) is one of the finest living violinists (…) He owes (his prodigious career) to his extraordinary technique and the beauty of his precise, powerful, intimate sound. Each phrase comes out as if it had been long meditated upon”.
“It was not a robotic cadenza, but a work of personal energy, emotion, vying with the large orchestra, exploding with rhythmic sforzandi. We were breathless, Mr. Repin seemed perfectly cool. More than a tour de force, this was a celebration of violin playing itself.”
The New York Times