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 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 14 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 performed with world’s greatest orchestras: the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Philharmonia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, San Francisco Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and La Scala, working with leading conductors such as Ashkenazy, Boulez, Chailly, Chung, Conlon, Dohnanyi, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Fedoseyev, Gatti, Gergiev, Jansons, Jurowski, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Krivine, Levine, Luisi, Marriner, Masur, Mehta, Muti, Nagano, Ozawa, Rattle, Rozhdestvensky, Temirkanov, Thielemann and Zinman.
He regularly collaborates with Nikolai Lugansky and Itamar Golan in recital; other chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin and Mischa Maisky. Among the highlights of his career in the past few seasons have been tours with Valery Gergiev; collaborations with Christian Thielemann in Tokyo, with Riccardo Muti in New York, with Riccardo Chailly in Leipzig, a tour of Australia with Vladimir Jurowski, and unanimously acclaimed premières in London, Philadelphia, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw of the violin concerto written for him by James MacMillan, which he will perform this year at the BBC Proms.
Vadim Repin’s many CDs include prize-winning recordings of the great Russian violin concerti by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti, coupled with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata with Martha Argerich; the Brahms Violin Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto (Truls Mørk, cello) with the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly, the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov trios with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang (which won the Echo Classic) and works by Grieg, Janacek and César Franck with Nikolai Lugansky, which won the 2011 BBC Music Award and the Edison Award. Last year saw the screening throughout Europe of an hour long television documentary by Claudia Willke Vadim Repin - A Magician of Sound which features the artist returning to Siberia where his career began and follows him to Berlin, Paris and other concert destinations.
He holds the Victoire d’Honneur, France’s most prestigious musical award for a lifetime’s dedication to music, and is Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.
Engagements this season include chamber music in Paris, Lyon and Moscow with Denis Matsuev, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gautier Capuçon, Alexander Kniazev and other friends, recitals in Italy, Spain, France and the United States, and a series of concerts at Japan's Pacific Music Festival.
Vadim Repin plays on the 1743 'Bonjour' violin by Guarneri del Gesù.