Julia Fischer will open the 2013-14 season with a tour through Germany with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. As Artist in Residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie she will perform the Brahms violin concerto with chief conductor Michael Sanderling and tour Asia with the orchestra thereafter. In November and December 2013, she will appear in recitals in major European venues including Musikverein Wien, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and at the Berlin Philharmonie amongst others. The tour program will feature repertoire from her new CD which will be released on the Decca label at the same time: Pablo Sarasate’s works for violin and piano op. 20-24 and 26-29. Concerts with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker under the baton of Andrey Boreyko and with the Leipziger Gewandhausorchester under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach will see Julia Fischer perform the rarely programmed Schumann violin concerto. In the United States, she will perform in subscription weeks with the Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony with music directors Fanz Welser-Möst and Michael Tilson Thomas respectively. With the San Francisco Symphony, a tour in Europe will follow. At New York’s Carnegie Hall, she will appear with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov. London’s Wigmore Hall is dedicating Ms. Fischer a Perspective Series throughout the season 2013-14 and in June 2014 - after a tour through Spain with the BBC Philharmonic - the Prague Spring Festival as well as Paris’ Festival Saint-Denis in Paris will feature Ms. Fischer in two portrait concerts each. Summer 2014 will see Julia Fischer performing at Germany’s major festivals – at Rheingau Music Festival with the Tonhalle Orchestra and David Zinman, at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival with the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Jarvi and at the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with the Dresden Philharmonie and Michael Sanderling.
A highlight of Ms. Fischer's 2012-13 season was her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with both, the Beethoven and Salonen Violin Concerto under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen in April 2013 – “a debut which could not have been more impressive” as Austria’s Die Presse attested. Coinciding with Decca's release of the recording of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvorak's Violin Concerto in spring 2013, Julia Fischer embarked on a tour of Germany with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman. Two years before she gave her acclaimed debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Easter Festival.
The season 2012-13 marked Julia Fischer tenure as Artist in Residence at Konzerthaus Berlin; under the baton of the orchestra's new Chief Conductor Ivan Fischer, she opened the orchestra's season with Brahms' Double Concerto. A recital and an appearance with the Julia Fischer Quartet in June 2013 completed her residency. The Quartet was founded by Ms. Fischer in the 2011-12 season and garnered ecstatic acclaim from public and critics alike for Ms. Fischer, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Nils Mönkemeyer and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger. Future seasons will see the Quartet touring through Europe, debut appearances are scheduled amongst others at the Prague Spring Festival, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein Wien and Philharmonie Luxembourg. In further chamber music projects, Julia Fischer is performing with Daniel Müller-Schott, Simon Trpceski and with Igor Levit.
In 2011, Decca released ‘Poème’ featuring Chausson's Poème, Respighi's Poema Autunnale, Suk's Fantasy in G minor and Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending to great critical acclaim. This highly poignant album is also the last recording of the late Yakov Kreizberg – a close collaborator of Ms. Fischer for years – conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. The recording was featured on the quarterly “Bestenliste” of the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
This recording was preceded by the fall 2010 release of Paganini’s 24 Caprices and her 2009 recording for Decca of Bach violin concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Upon its U.S. release the recording became the fastest-selling classical music debut in iTunes history. Previous recordings were released on the PentaTone label. Her debut CD, a recording of Russian Violin Concertos by Khatchaturian, Prokofiev and Glazunov with the Russian National Orchestra under Yakov Kreizberg, won Germany’s coveted ECHO Award in 2005. Ms. Fischer recorded Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin in 2005 and this recording earned worldwide critical praise including the rare distinction of winning three of France’s most prestigious awards: the Diapason d’Or; the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique; and the highest rating from Classica Repertoire. The Bach recording also saw her awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award as “Best Newcomer” in 2006. In 2007, her Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto recording saw her awarded the ECHO award for “Instrumentalist of the Year”.
Born in Munich in 1983, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and at just 11-years-old won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards a career as a soloist. Throughout her career, Ms. Fischer has always maintained her piano studies. On January 1st, 2008 she made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and conductor Matthias Pintscher. On the same program, she performed the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3. A DVD of this concert, recorded by Unitel Classica, was released by Decca in September 2010.