Ilya Gringolts

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Ilya Gringolts (Russian: Илья́ Алекса́ндрович Гринго́льц Il′já Aleksándrovič Gringól′c) born 2 July 1982 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) is a Russian violinist and composer.

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.[1] 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.

Gringolts has made commercial recordings for such labels as Onyx[2] and Deutsche Grammophon.[3][4]

Gringolts is married to the Armenian violinist Anahit Kurtikyan. The couple has two daughters.[1] His sister Olga is married to Israeli violinist Maxim Vengerov.

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  1. ^ a b Inge Kyemtrup (February 2011). "Ilya Gringolts: The Man, the Myth, the Musician on the Move". Strings. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  2. ^ Andrew Clements (1 July 2010). "Schumann: Violin Sonatas Nos 1–3". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ Andrew Clements (15 August 2003). "Bach: Partita Nos 1 in B minor and 3 in E; Sonata No 2 in A: Ilya Gringolts". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. ^ Andrew Clements (29 July 2005). "Taneyev: Piano Quintet Op 30; Piano Trio Op 22, Repin/ Gringolts/ Imai/ Harrell/ Pletnev". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2014.

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