Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Patricia Kopatchinskaja 4 (c) Marco Borggreve.JPG
Kopatchinskaja in 2012
Background information
Born 1977 (1977) (age 40)
Chișinău, Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Genres classical music
Instruments violin

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (born 1977) is a Moldovan-Austrian violinist.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1][2] She started playing the violin at age 6.[3]

In 1989, the family emigrated to Vienna. Kopatchinskaja entered the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna at age 17,[1] where she studied musical composition and violin. At age 21, she won a scholarship to study in Bern,[1] at the Musikhochschule, where her teachers included Igor Ozim. Kopatchinskaja, her Swiss neurologist husband,[4][5] and their daughter live in Bern, Switzerland.[3] 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.[6] And in 2018 she will serve as artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival in the USA.

Chamber music partners[edit]

Regular chamber music partners include cellist Sol Gabetta and the pianists Fazil Say, Markus Hinterhäuser and Polina Leschenko.

On 23 April 2016 she performed with Anoushka Shankar at a concert in Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany.

Historically informed performance[edit]

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.

First performances[edit]

Kopatchinskaja gave first performances of numerous works, e.g.:

  • 2004/5 seven first performances, among them violin concertos dedicated to her by Johanna Doderer[7] 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • 2016 first performance of Mauricio Sotelo's "Red Inner Light Sculpture" for Solo Violin, Strings, percussion and Flamenco Dancer (commissioned by P.K.)[10]

Moreover, Richard Carrick, Violeta Dinescu, Michalis Economou, Heinz Holliger, Ludwig Nussbichler, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Ivan Sokolov, Boris Yoffe have written works for her.[citation needed]


  • 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)[11]
  • 2006: Deutschlandfunk-award of the Bremer Musikfest[12]
  • 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 [13]


released pieces collaborators publisher/Nr. type
1998 ein klang 1996–1998

Johanna Doderer

  • Awakening 2 for three Violins
  • Kinga Voss (Violin)
  • Jacqueline Kopacinski (Violin)
Einklang Records 001/002 Double-CD

An Introduction To Dmitri Smirnov

  • Elegy (in Memory of Edison Denisov) for cello solo
  • String of Destiny (Piano Sonata No.4) for piano
  • "Es ist..." (Violin Sonata No.3)
  • Trio for violin, cello and piano
  • Sonata (for cello and piano)
  • Postlude (in Memory of Alfred Schnittke) for violin solo
  • Alexander Iwashkin (cello)
  • Ivan Sokolov (piano)
Megadisc 7818 CD
2001 Nikolai Korndorf
  • In Honour of Alfred Schnittke (trio for violin, viola and cello)
  • Passacaglia for cello solo
  • Are you ready, Brother? (trio for piano, violin and cello)
  • Daniel Raiskin (viola)
  • Alexander Iwashkin (cello)
  • Ivan Sokolov (piano)
Megadisc 7817 CD
2004 Boris Yoffe, 32 poems from the quartet book
  • Daniel Kobyliansky (violin)
  • Boris Yoffe (viola)
  • Dichtiar Druski (cello)
Antes Edition, Bella Musica 319192 CD
2006 Jubilee-CD Classics (50 years DRS 2)
on CD Nr.10. („Young Talents“) by Kopatchinskaja

George Enescu

  • Third Sonata (Dans le charactère populaire roumain)
    • 1. Moderato malinconico
    • 2. Andante sostenuto e misterioso
    • 3. Allegro con brio, ma non troppo mosso
Mihaela Ursuleasa (piano) Swiss Radio DRS2, CDL1710 10 CDs
2006 Johanna Doderer
  • For violin and orchestra (dedicated to Kopatchinskaja)
  • Bolero for two pianos and orchestra
  • Rondane for orchestra
Edition Zeitton des ORF 2009336 CD
2007 Boris Yoffe, Musical Semantics

Boris Yoffe

  • Seven poems from the quartet book
  • Essay
  • Leicht, aber mit Hingabe
  • Daniel Kobylianski (violin)
  • Jacqueline Kopacinski (violin)
  • Roman Spitzer (viola)
  • Druski Dichtiar (cello)
  • Angela Yoffe (piano)
Megadisc MDC 7798 CD
2008 Fazil Say 1001 Nights in the Harem
by Kopatchinskaja

Fazil Say

  • Violin concrto '1001 nights in the harem'
  • Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Axelrod (conductor)
Naïve, V 5147 CD
2008 Gerd Kühr
  • Movimenti for violin and orchestra (2006)

Gerald Resch

  • "Schlieren" concerto for Violin and orchestra (2005)

Otto Zykan

  • "Da unten im Tale" concerto for violin and orchestra (2004)
  • Radio-Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO)
  • Stefan Asbury (conductor)
  • Johannes Kalitzke (conductor)
  • Bertrand de Billy (conductor)
col legno, WWE 1CD 20279 CD
2009 Beethoven: Complete works for violin and orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Concerto for violin and orchestra D-Major op. 61
  • Romance for violin and orchestra Nr. 2 F-Major op. 50
  • Romanze for violin and orchestra Nr. 1 G-Major op. 40
  • Concerto for violin and orchestra C-Major WoO 5, fragment of the first movement
Naïve, V 5174 CD
2009 Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Violin sonata Nr. 9 („Kreutzer“)

Maurice Ravel

  • Violin sonata in G-Major

Béla Bartók

  • 6 Roumanian folk dances

Fazil Say

  • Violin sonata op. 7
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
  • Fazil Say (piano)
Naïve, V 5146 CD
2010 Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Rapsodia – Music from my homeland
  • Works by Enescu, Kurtag, Ligeti, Sánchez-Chiong, Ravel, Moldovan Folklore
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
  • Emilia Kopatchinskaja (violin & viola)
  • Viktor Kopatchinsky (cembalo)
  • Martin Gjakonovski (double bass)
  • Mihaela Ursuleasa (piano)
Naïve, V 5193 CD
2012 Three Hungarian violin concertos
  • Bartók: Violin concerto Nr. 2
  • Eötvös: Violin concerto Nr. 1 ("Seven")
  • Ligeti: Violin concerto
Naïve, V 5285 Double-CD
2013 Two Russian violin concertos
  • Stravinsky: Concerto in re
  • Prokofjev: Violin concerto Nr. 2
Naïve, V 5352 CD
2014 Quasi Parlando ECM New Series 2323 CD
2014 Galina Ustvolskaya
  • Violin sonata, Duet, Clarinet Trio
ECM New Series 2329 CD
2015 Giya Kancheli
  • Chiaroscuro, Twilight
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

  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin, baroque violin, voice)
  • Reto Bieri (clarinet, violin, ocarina)
  • Laurence Dreyfus (treble viol)
  • Pablo Marquez (guitar)
  • Anthony Romaniuk (harpsichord, toy piano)
  • Jorge Sanchez-Chiong (turntables and electronics)
  • Matthias Würsch (darbuka)
  • Ernesto Estrella (voice)
Alpha Classics CD
2016 Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski
  • Violin concerto
  • Les Noces
SONY classical CD[14]
2016 Robert Schumann

Complete symphonic works Vol.4

  • Violin concerto
  • Piano concerto
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
  • Denes Varjon (piano)
  • WDR-Symphony-Orchestra, Cologne
  • Heinz Holliger, conductor
Audite CD
2016 Faradj Karaev
  • Violin concerto
  • Vingt ans après "Nostalgie..." (Symphony)
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin)
  • Azerbaijan Symphony Orchestra Baku
  • Rauf Abullayev, conductor
Paladino Music CD
2016 (march) Robert Schumann

Complete symphonic works Vol.5

  • Concert pieces for piano and orchestra op. 92 und 134
  • Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra op.131
  • Concert piece for four horns and orchestra op. 86
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Violin)
  • Alexander Lonquich (Piano)
  • WDR-Symphony-Orchestra, Cologne
  • Heinz Holliger, conductor
Audite CD
2016 (october) Franz Schubert

Death and the Maiden and also other works by Gesualdo, Dowland, Nörmiger, Kurtag etc.

  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin, direction)
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Alpha classics CD


  1. ^ a b c Ivan Hewett (2014-08-14). "Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Wild child of classical violin". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Ich kenne Dich, ich habe Dich spielen gehört". Documentary film, 2012. (Director: Béla Batthyany)
  3. ^ a b Andrew Clark (2013-09-20). "Interview: violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja". Financial Times. Retrieved 2015-11-26. 
  4. ^ Christiane Peitz (2009-10-08). "Wir spielen keine Noten". Die Zeit. Retrieved 2015-11-26. 
  5. ^ Christine Lemke-Matwey (2014-01-02). "Mein rollendes R". Die Zeit. Retrieved 2015-11-26. 
  6. ^ "Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja appointed artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra". The Strad. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2015-11-26. 
  7. ^ David Gutman. "DODERER The Piano Trios". Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  8. ^ "Der Ton, der durch die Musik wandelt". Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  9. ^ "Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja withdraws from concerts due to injury". The Strad. 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  10. ^ "Kopatchinskaja premières Sotelo". Universal Edition blog. 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  11. ^ "パトリシア・コパチンスカヤ:avex-CLASSICS". Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  12. ^ Violinistin Kopatchinskaja erhält "Förderpreis" auf (archived in Internet Archive on 17 May 2010), checked on 19 March 2014
  13. ^
  14. ^ "SONY demo video on youtube". 

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