Viktoria Mullova VIOLIN

Viktoria Mullova studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and the Moscow Conservatoire. Her extraordinary talent captured international attention when she won first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982 which was followed, in 1983, by her dramatic and much publicized defection to the West. She has since appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors and at the major international festivals.

She is now known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Her curiosity spans the breadth of musical development from baroque and classical right up the most contemporary influences from the world of fusion and experimental music.

Her interest in the authentic approach has led to collaborations with period instrument bands such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Il Giardino Armonico, Venice Baroque and Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique. She has a close association with harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone, with whom she tours and which led Tim Ashley to write, “To hear Mullova play Bach is, simply, one of the greatest things you can experience…” in the Guardian. Her recording of Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas represents a significant milestone in Viktoria’s personal journey into this music. The recording received 5-star reviews from all over the world and she is embarking on an international several season-long, series of solo Bach recitals.

Her ventures into creative contemporary music started in 2000 with her album “Through the Looking Glass” in which she played world, jazz and pop music arranged for her by Matthew Barley. Her exploration continues, commissioning works from young composers such as Fraser Trainer and Thomas Larcher. Her most recent project, “The Peasant Girl” with the Matthew Barley Ensemble, in which they perform music from a diverse musical canvas with roots in classical, gypsy and jazz, has been warmly received by audiences and critics alike. She has recorded and presented this project in concerts throughout Europe and further concerts will take place in Zurich Tonhalle, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian, as well as in Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Dresden and Genoa.

Her rich musical diversity has been celebrated in several high-profile residences, including London’s Southbank and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. She was the London Symphony Orchestra’s “Artist in Focus” in 2010/2011. In 2011/12 she was Artist- in-Residence at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and Musikfest Bremen. This season she will be Artist- in-Residence at the Helsinki Festival as well as with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

A familiar face on the international concert scene, she appears regularly with the world’s major orchestras and conductors. In the 2012/13 season she appeared with, among others, Orchestre National de Lyon, NHK Symphony and Finnish Radio, and toured extensively with Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone. As a recitalist, she regularly performs with Katia Labèque, but it is for her mesmerising solo Bach recitals that she is most in demand.

Mullova’s extensive discography for Philips Classics and Onyx Classics has attracted many prestigious awards. Her recording of the Vivaldi Concertos with Il Giardino Armonico and directed by Giovanni Antonini, won the Diapason D’Or of the Year award for 2005 and her recent release, featuring Beethoven’s Op 12 No 3 and Kreutzer Sonatas with Kristian Bezuidenhout has won immense critical acclaim. Other discs have included the Schubert Octet with the Mullova Ensemble, “Recital” with Katia Labèque, Bach Sonatas with Ottavio Dantone and “6 Solo Sonatas and Partitas” by JS Bach.

Viktoria either plays on her ‘Jules Falk’ 1723 Stradivarius or a Guadagnini violin.