Vadim Repin

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Vadim Repin
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Vadim Repin in 2011
Vadim Viktorovich Repin

(1971-08-31) 31 August 1971 (age 51)
EducationStudied with Zakhar Bron
OccupationClassical violinist
Years active1982–present

Vadim Viktorovich Repin (Russian: Вадим Викторович Репин, [vɐˈdʲim ˈvʲiktərəvʲɪtɕ ˈrʲepʲɪn];[1] born 31 August 1971) is a Russian and Belgian violinist who lives in Vienna.[2]

After hearing one of Repin's performances, violinist Yehudi Menuhin said: "Vadim Repin is simply the best and most perfect violinist that I have ever had the chance to hear."[2][3][4]


Vadim Repin was born in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, on 31 August 1971. In 1985 at fourteen he made his débuts in Tokyo, München, Berlin, Helsinki; a year later in Carnegie Hall.

Professional career[edit]

At the age of 17, he became the youngest winner of violin section of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, the world's premier violin competition[citation needed]. He was a member of the jury in the 2009 violin section of this competition.[5] Vadim Repin has played under such leading conductors as Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, and Yehudi Menuhin.

Vadim Repin has been a frequent guest at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Gstaad and Verbier.[6] In 2010 he played the premiere of James MacMillan Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Gergiev which was dedicated to him.[7]

Repertoire and recordings[edit]

Repin specializes in Russian music and French music, particularly the great Russian violin concertos, as well as 20th-century and contemporary music.


  • 1982-1984 a unique Stradivari three-quarter size on loan from the Russian State Collection
  • 1984–1989 Stradivari 1720 "ex-Wieniawski-Wieniawski" on loan from the Russian State Collection
  • 1996 Repin played shortly the Guarneri del Gesù 1737 "Isaac Stern ex-Panette-Panette," a loan by David Fulton
  • 1996–2005 Stradivari 1708 "Ruby",[8] as a loan by the Stradivari Society in Chicago and previously played by Pablo de Sarasate
  • 2005 Guarneri del Gesù 1742 "Il Cannone ex Paganini" as a loan by the Municipal Administration of Genua for the use in a concert in the city
  • 2002-2009 Guarneri del Gesù 1736 "Von Szerdahely"
  • 2010-2013 Guarneri del Gesù 1743 "Bonjour"
  • 2013-2015 Guarneri del Gesù 1736 "Lafont"
  • Since 2015 Vadim Repin plays a Stradivari 1733 "Rode" [9]

His preferred bows are by Nicolaus Kittel and Nicolas Maline.

Personal life[edit]

Vadim Repin married Caroline Diemunsch in 2001. Their son Leonardo was born in 2006.[10]

His current wife[11] is Svetlana Zakharova, the principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet.[12] They have a daughter, who was born in February 2011.[13]

External links[edit]



Vadim Repin (violin) and Nikolai Lugansky (piano):

  • Crescendo, review by Noël Godts, translated from French into English, about their recital on 20 November 2002 in Brussels
  • Light-filled brilliance, review by Herbert Müller, translated from German into English, from Wienerzeitung, 27 November 2002

Vadim Repin (violin), Nikolai Lugansky (piano), Mischa Maisky (cello):

  • La Palme d'or pour les trois Russes (in French), Critique du récital de Vadim Repin, Nikolaï Lugansky et Misha Maïsky au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, 25 May 2005, written by Gérard Mannoni


  1. ^ Vadim Repin pronounced in Russian
  2. ^ a b Article (in German) by Susanna Dal Monte on, 21 June 2012
  3. ^ Announcement of the Beethoven orchestra Bonn in October 2011 (in German)
  4. ^ Interview with Vadim Repin(in German), among other things Repin talks about the relationship with Menuhin; article by Arnt Cobbers, magazine Partituren, page 62, issue 14, 2008
  5. ^ "Entry for Vadim Repin on the official site of the Queen Elisabeth competition". Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  6. ^ Vadim Repin Biography Archived 26 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ James MacMillan: Violin Concerto premiere with Vadim Repin article published in April 2010 on, the website of Boosey & Hawkes
  8. ^ Interview de Vadim Repin à l'Actualité Musique d'Evene en Novembre 2008
  9. ^ "Vadim Repin - Official Website".
  10. ^ Profile of Vadim Repin at the Moscow State Philharmonic Society
  11. ^ Vadim Repin, violinist – portrait of the artist, interview by Laura Barnett, 22 January 2014, The Guardian.
  12. ^ Announcement Archived 23 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine of a joint performance of Svetlana Zakharova and Vadim Repin at the St Prex Classics in Saint-Prex on 20 and 21 August 2013, published on
  13. ^ Bolshoi prima and violinist Repin have baby article of Ismene Brown from 18 February 2011 on