Gringolts studied violin in St. Petersburg with Tatiana Liberova and Jeanna Metallidi. He then attended the Juilliard School, and studied violin with Itzhak Perlman for 3 years. From 2001 to 2003, Gringolts was a member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists programme.
Gringolts is currently on the music faculty of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. In addition to the modern violin, he has a continued commitment to period-instrument performance. He founded the Gringolts Quartet in 2008 and plays first violin in the quartet. Gringolts plays the "ex-Kiesewetter" Stradivarius violin, loaned to him by the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Awards and prizes
- 1992: All-Russian Junior Competition, Second Prize
- 1994: International Youth Competition in St. Petersburg, First Prize
- 1995: Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, Junior Division, Sixth Prize
- 1997: Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, Junior Division, Laureate
- 1998: Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy: First Prize
- 2001-2003: BBC New Generation Artist
- 2006: Gramophone Award for Chamber Music, recording of chamber music of the Sergei Taneyev Piano Quintet with Vadim Repin, Nobuko Imai, Lynn Harrell, and Mikhail Pletnev.
- Inge Kyemtrup (February 2011). "Ilya Gringolts: The Man, the Myth, the Musician on the Move". Strings. Retrieved 2013-06-16.
- Andrew Clements (2010-07-01). "Schumann: Violin Sonatas Nos 1–3". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
- Andrew Clements (2003-08-15). "Bach: Partita Nos 1 in B minor and 3 in E; Sonata No 2 in A: Ilya Gringolts". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
- Andrew Clements (2005-07-29). "Taneyev: Piano Quintet Op 30; Piano Trio Op 22, Repin/ Gringolts/ Imai/ Harrell/ Pletnev". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-12-14.