Judith Ingolfsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Judith.

Judith Ingolfsson (born May 13, 1973 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is a violinist.


Already at the age of five, Ingolfsson appeared in a performance on Icelandic TV, and she made her solo orchestral debut in Germany at the age of eight.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music, Ingolfsson studied with Jascha Brodsky, David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein.

She has been a guest soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Budapest Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C.

In 1998, she won a Gold Medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis as well as being a prize winner at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Paganini International Violin Competition.

In 1999, National Public Radio's Performance Today named Ingolfsson Debut Artist of the Year praising her "remarkable intelligence, musicality, and sense of insight."

In October 2000, she was heard as soloist with the Iceland Symphony on a 15-city North American tour, highlighted by concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.

She was awarded the 2001 Chamber Music America / WQXR Record Award for her debut CD on Catalpa Classics.

She has collaborated with many renowned conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Raymond Leppard, Jorge Mester and Gerard Schwarz.

In recital, she has performed throughout the United States and abroad, notably at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Reykjavik Arts Festival in Iceland.

An avid chamber musician, she has recently performed with the Miami String Quartet, the Avalon String Quartet and with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two.

Highlights of her 2005–2006 season include debut concerto engagements in Brazil and Russia, as well as in the United States, performances with the Louisville Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Fairfax Symphony, Columbus Symphony and others.

Recital and chamber music engagements include concerts in Germany and Italy, as well as the Juniper Music Festival in Utah and the acclaimed Barge Music series in New York.

Ingolfsson has appeared on many radio and television broadcasts - beginning, as noted above, with a performance on Icelandic TV at the age of five. Since then she has been seen on PBS, "CBS Sunday Morning," and Japan’s National Broadcasting Company (NHK).

She was appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in August 2006. She will leave this post to join the faculty at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart in October 2008.

Judith Ingolfsson performs regularly with the Russian pianist Vladimir Stoupel.

External links[edit]

  • Website of Judith Ingolfsson
  • Website of the Ingolfsson - Stoupel Duo