Kopatchinskaja in 2012
Chișinău, Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Patricia Kopatchinskaja (born 1977) is a Moldovan-Austrian violinist.
Life and career
Kopatchinskaja was born in Chișinău, Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union. She comes from a family of musicians; her parents were both musicians with the state folk ensemble of Moldova, with her mother Emilia Kopatchinskaja a violinist and her father Viktor Kopatchinsky a cimbalom player. While her parents were on concert tour through the former Eastern bloc, she grew up with her grandparents. She started playing the violin at age 6.
In 1989, the family emigrated to Vienna. Kopatchinskaja entered the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna at age 17, where she studied musical composition and violin. At age 21, she won a scholarship to study in Bern, at the Musikhochschule, where her teachers included Igor Ozim. Kopatchinskaja, her Swiss neurologist husband, and their daughter live in Bern, Switzerland. She plays a violin built by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (Turin) in 1834.
Kopatchinskaja has played with many important European orchestras including Vienna, Berlin and London Philharmonic. She regularly plays in Japan and Australia and recently also extended her activtiy to the United States, South America, Russia and China. She has an ongoing collaboration with amongst others the following conductors: Teodor Currentzis, Péter Eötvös, Iván Fischer, Heinz Holliger, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kirill Petrenko und Sir Simon Rattle. In February 2014, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra named Kopatchinskaja one of its new Artistic Partners, effective with the 2014-2015 season and prolonged in 2017. And in 2018 she will serve as artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival in the USA.
Chamber music partners
Historically informed performance
Patricia Kopatchinskaja has collaborated with Il Giardino Armonico, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MusicAeterna Perm, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the direction of Giovanni Antonini, René Jacobs and Philippe Herreweghe.
Kopatchinskaja gave first performances of numerous works, e.g.:
- 2004/5 seven first performances, among them violin concertos dedicated to her by Johanna Doderer and Otto Zykan
- 2005/6 first performances of violin concertos dedicated to her by Gerald Resch and Gerd Kühr with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
- 2007/8 first performances of violin concertos dedicated to her by Jürg Wyttenbach and the Turkish composer/pianist Fazil Say
- 2009 first performance of the violin concerto dedicated to her by Faradj Karajew
- 2011 first performance of violin concertos dedicated to her by Maurizio Sotelo and Helmut Oehring ("Four seasons") as well as the work "Oh whispering suns" for double choir, solo violin and cymbal by Vanessa Lann
- 2012 first performance of the Romance for violin and strings dedicated to her by Tigran Mansurian with Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
- 2014 first performance of her own violin concerto "Hortus animae" with Camerata Bern.
- 2015 (August) first performance of «Dialogue», concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra by Mark-Anthony Turnage (with Sol Gabetta and Gstaad Festival Orchestra).
- 2015 (November) first performance of the violin concerto written for her by the American composer Michael Hersch with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
- 2016 first performance of Mauricio Sotelo's "Red Inner Light Sculpture" for Solo Violin, Strings, percussion and Flamenco Dancer (commissioned by P.K.)
- 2000: 1st prize in the International Henryk Szeryng Competition in Mexico
- 2002: Credit Suisse Young Artist Award
- 2004: New Talent – SPP Award of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
- 2006: Deutschlandfunk-award of the Bremer Musikfest
- 2008: Award of the music commission Kanton Bern, Switzerland
- 2009: ECHO in the category chamber music for the CD recorded with Fazil Say (works by Beethoven, Ravel, Bártok & Say)
- 2010: BBC-Music-Magazine award (orchestral category) for the CD recorded with Philippe Herreweghe and the Orchestre des Champs Elysees: Collected works for violin and orchestra by Beethoven
- 2011: "Golden Bow"-award of the Meiringen music festival, Switzerland
- 2012: Praetorius music award of the county Niedersachsen, Germany in the category "musical innovation"
- 2013: ECHO in the category concert recording of the year (20th/21st century/violin) for the double-CD with violin concertos by Bartók, Ligeti and Eötvös, recorded with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt respectively Ensemble Modern under Peter Eötvös (Naive)
- 2013: Gramophone Award "Recording of the year" and Grammy-nomination, both for the double-CD with violin concertos by Bartók, Ligeti and Eötvös, recorded with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt respectively Ensemble Modern under Peter Eötvös (Naive)
- 2014: International Classical Music Awards (Category Concerto) for the double CD with violin concertos by Bartók, Ligeti and Eötvös
- 2014: Prix Caecilia (Belgium) for the CD with violin concertos by Stravinsky and Prokofjev recorded with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski (Naive)
- 2014: Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2013 (Category instrumentalist)
- 2016: Music Award of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland for "remarkable musical achievements"
- 2017: Grand Prix of the Swiss Music Awards 2017 
|1998||ein klang 1996–1998
||Einklang Records 001/002||Double-CD|
An Introduction To Dmitri Smirnov
|2004||Boris Yoffe, 32 poems from the quartet book||
||Antes Edition, Bella Musica 319192||CD|
|2006||Jubilee-CD Classics (50 years DRS 2)
||Mihaela Ursuleasa (piano)||Swiss Radio DRS2, CDL1710||10 CDs|
||Edition Zeitton des ORF 2009336||CD|
|2007||Boris Yoffe, Musical Semantics
||Megadisc MDC 7798||CD|
|2008||Fazil Say 1001 Nights in the Harem
||Naïve, V 5147||CD|
||col legno, WWE 1CD 20279||CD|
|2009||Beethoven: Complete works for violin and orchestra
||Naïve, V 5174||CD|
|2009||Ludwig van Beethoven
||Naïve, V 5146||CD|
|2010||Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Rapsodia – Music from my homeland
||Naïve, V 5193||CD|
|2012||Three Hungarian violin concertos
||Naïve, V 5285||Double-CD|
|2013||Two Russian violin concertos
||Naïve, V 5352||CD|
||ECM New Series 2323||CD|
||ECM New Series 2329||CD|
||ECM New Series 2442||CD|
Duets from 1000 years of musical history
Works by Gesualdo, De Machaut, Gibbons, Giamberti, Biber, Bach, De Falla, Milhaud, Vivier, Martinu, Cage, Holliger, Sotelo, Dick, Sanchez-Chiong and from Winchester Troper
|2016||Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Complete symphonic works Vol.4
|2016 (march)||Robert Schumann
Complete symphonic works Vol.5
|2016 (october)||Franz Schubert
Death and the Maiden and also other works by Gesualdo, Dowland, Nörmiger, Kurtag etc.
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- "Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Ich kenne Dich, ich habe Dich spielen gehört". Documentary film, 2012. (Director: Béla Batthyany)
- Andrew Clark (2013-09-20). "Interview: violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja". Financial Times. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
- Christiane Peitz (2009-10-08). "Wir spielen keine Noten". Die Zeit. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
- Christine Lemke-Matwey (2014-01-02). "Mein rollendes R". Die Zeit. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
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- "Der Ton, der durch die Musik wandelt". derbund.ch. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
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- "Kopatchinskaja premières Sotelo". Universal Edition blog. 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
- "パトリシア・コパチンスカヤ：avex-CLASSICS". avex.jp. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
- Violinistin Kopatchinskaja erhält "Förderpreis" auf radiobremen.de (archived in Internet Archive on 17 May 2010), checked on 19 March 2014
- "SONY demo video on youtube".
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