Vadim Repin

A critic wrote of Vadim Repin: “he can master the most dangerous challenges with an almost provocative serenity.” Fiery passion with impeccable technique, poetry and sensitivity are Repin’s trademarks, and his name has rapidly become synonymous with the violin.

Born in Siberia in 1971, he started to play violin at the age of five and six months later had his first stage performance. At only eleven he won the gold medal in all age categories in the Wienawski Competition and gave his recital debuts in Moscow and St Petersburg. In 1985 at fourteen he made his debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki; a year later in Carnegie Hall. Two years later Vadim Repin was the youngest ever winner of the most prestigious and demanding violin competition in the world, the Reine Elisabeth Concours. Since then he has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras under the baton of today’s leading conductors.

Vadim Repin has been a frequent guest at festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl and Tanglewood. His ‘Carte Blanche’ invitation to the Louvre in Paris resulted in a prize-winning live recording of music performed with colleagues including the gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos. Recent performance highlights have included galas with Mstislav Rostropovich to celebrate the centenary of the London Symphony Orchestra, a unique recital in Genoa on Paganini’s own violin, the legendary ‘Cannone’, a concert to mark the opening of the Olympic Games in Athens, and benefit galas for Amnesty International with Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France. The centenary of Dvorak’s death was marked by numerous performances of the composer’s violin concerto, culminating in concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Jansons.

His prize-winning recordings on the Erato/Warner Classics label include the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Kent Nagano and the Hallé Orchestra; the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius concerti with the London Symphony Orchestra under Emmanuel Krivine. With pianist Boris Berezovsky he has recorded Prokofiev Violin Sonatas 1 & 2 and Five Melodies which won the Diapason d’Or, the Ravel Sonata and Medtner’s Sonata Epica, and works by Stravinsky, Richard Strauss and Bartók. His Mozart Violin Concerti with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin won him the 1999 Echo Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year award, and ‘Tutta Bravura’, a collection of virtuoso pieces, and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, have received international acclaim. On the Philips label, the violin concerti of Tchaikovsky and Myaskovsky with the Kirov Orchestra and Valery Gergiev mark Repin's long association with the conductor; a disc of Taneyev’s chamber music has recently been released on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Repin performs on the Stradivarius 'Ruby' 1708 by kind permission of the Stradivarius Society of Chicago and also the 1736 Guarneri del Gesù 'von Szerdahely'.
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