MAHLER CYCLE 2011
'Steinbacher's was the kind of performance which had her audience hanging on her every note... She was as happy to take her listeners by the scruff of the neck as to woo them with heart-melting tenderness. The audience, naturally, wanted more.' Philharmonia Orchestra/Maazel The Irish Times, 3 April 2009
In a competitive field of young violinists, it is Arabella Steinbacher's consistently superb delivery coupled with impeccable technique that set her apart from the crowd. She achieved her international breakthrough in March 2004 when she stood in for Kyung-Wha Chung to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner. This drew immense praise from both audience and press: "A convincing and mature interpretation from an artist whose beautiful timbre is overwhelming." She has subsequently played under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Dohnányi, Ashkenazy, Dutoit, Fedoseyev, Gergiev, Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Oramo, Kirill, Petrenko and Temirkanov.
She has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philharmonia and she has toured North America with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Arabella Steinbacher's diverse repertoire extends from the classical period to the twentieth century concertos of Barber, Berg, Glazunov, Khatchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Hartmann. In July 2009 she made her Proms début with the Bamberg Symphony/Nott and highlights of this season include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis, a European tour with the Philharmonia/Maazel, a tour with the Leipzig Gewandhaus/Chailly, Goteborg Symphony/Weller, Bayerische Rundfunks/Sir Colin Davis, a tour with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Janowski and a return to the Philadelphia Orchestra/Dutoit. She is also a committed chamber musician and works with pianists Robert Kulek and Peter von Wienhardt as well as with cellists Alban Gerhardt and Daniel Müller-Schott. Forthcoming recitals include performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Schwetzinger Festival and Salzburg Festival.
Arabella recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Pentatone and has won a number of awards for her past recordings for Orfeo. She was awarded the German Record Critics Award for her CD of concertos by Milhaud with the Munich Rundfunk Orchester under Pinkas Steinberg and an Echo Klassik Award for Violino Latino, a collection of Spanish and South-American works. Her most recent release is a CD of Beethoven and Berg Violin Concertos with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under Andris Nelsons. Her first CD on Pentatone, Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvo?ák Violin Concerto with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Marek Janowski, is scheduled for release in October 2009, and the second release will feature Bartok Violin Concertos.
Born in Munich in 1981, Arabella had her first violin lesson at the age of three, and aged nine became the youngest student at the Munich Music School as a pupil of Ana Chumachenko. She also attended masterclasses with Dorothy Delay and owes a great deal of invaluable musical inspiration to Ivry Gitlis. She was a prize winner at the Joseph-Joachim-Violin competition in 2000 and in 2001 she was awarded a scholarship by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
Arabella Steinbacher plays the 'Booth' Stradivari (1716) generously provided by the Nippon Music Foundation and she also plays the 'Jarnovich' Guarneri Del Gesu (1741) kindly loaned by Jonathan Moulds.