Kopatchinskaja in 2012
Chișinău, Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Patricia Kopatchinskaja (born 1977) is a Moldovan-Austrian-Swiss violinist.
Early life and career
Kopatchinskaja was born in Chișinău, in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (now Moldova). She comes from a family of musicians. Her parents were both with the state folk ensemble of Moldova: her mother, Emilia Kopatchinskaja, was a violinist, and her father, Viktor Kopatchinsky, was a cimbalom player. While her parents were on concert tour through the former Eastern bloc, she grew up with her grandparents. She started playing the violin at age 6.
In 1989, the family emigrated to Vienna. Kopatchinskaja entered the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna at age 17, where she studied musical composition and violin. From age 21 to 23 she finished her studies in Bern, at the Musikhochschule, where her teachers included Igor Ozim. Kopatchinskaja, her Swiss neurologist husband, and their daughter live in Bern, Switzerland.
The British Royal Philharmonic Society in 2014 named Kopatchinskaja "instrumentalist of the year" describing her as an “irresistible force of nature: passionate, challenging and totally original in her approach.”
Kopatchinskaja has played with most of the important European orchestras including Vienna, Berlin and London Philharmonic. She regularly plays in Japan and Australia and recently also extended her activtiy to the United States, South America, Russia and China. She has an ongoing collaboration with amongst others the following conductors: Teodor Currentzis, Péter Eötvös, Tito Munoz, Iván Fischer, Heinz Holliger, Vladimir Jurowski, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kirill Petrenko, and Sir Simon Rattle.
Leading orchestras and festivals
Patricia's experience as a leader of ensembles and chamber orchestras includes a tour with Britten Sinfonia, repeated tours with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra and being an artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2014. From autumn 2018 she will be artistic director of Camerata Bern. She also has organised several staged concert productions: "Death and the Maiden" with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, "Bye-Bye Beethoven" with Mahler Chamber Orchestra, "Dies Irae" with Lucerne Festival Alumni and "War and Chips" with Camerata Bern.
2003-2005 Kopatchinskaja organised her festival "Rüttihubeliade" in the Swiss alps.
Chamber music partners
In April 2016, Kopatchinskaja performed with Anoushka Shankar at a concert in Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany. The Raga Piloo was composed, performed and recorded by Ravi Shankar as a duet with Yehudi Menuhin on the album West Meets East, Volume 2 in 1968.
Historically informed performance
Kopatchinskaja has collaborated with Il Giardino Armonico, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MusicAeterna Perm, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the direction of Giovanni Antonini, René Jacobs and Philippe Herreweghe. She also has performed with Sir Roger Norrington and Roy Goodman.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays a violin built by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (Turin) in 1834, according to Dennis Rooney in the British music magazine The STRAD, March 2003 "a very colourful-sounding instrument whose viola-like quality lent her playing exceptional tonal interest". In 2010 for a short time, she played a violin by Guarneri del Gesù „ex-Carrodus“ 1741, on loan from the Austrian National Bank. She had to give it back because of unresolvable problems with Swiss customs authorities.
In period instrument environments she uses a violin built by Ferdinando Gagliano (Naples, ca. 1780, mounted with a lowered bridge and gut strings) and appropriate bows.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja uses the voice in several compositions, e.g. John Cages "Living Room Music", Jorge Sanchez-Chiong's "Crin", Heinz Holliger's "Das kleine Irgendwas" or in her own cadenza for György Ligeti's violin concerto.
2017 she performed the voice part ("Sprechgesang") of Arnold Schönberg's "Pierrot lunaire" in the USA  and in 2018/9 she will give several performances of the same in Europe and Canada.
2018 she videorecorded with some friends the first movement of Kurt Schwitters Dadaistic nonsense-poem "Ursonate" (1932).
Kopatchinskaja gave first performances of numerous works, e.g.:
- 2004/5 seven first performances, among them violin concertos dedicated to her by Johanna Doderer and Otto Zykan
- 2005/6 first performances of violin concertos dedicated to her by Gerald Resch and Gerd Kühr with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
- 2007/8 first performances of violin concertos dedicated to her by Jürg Wyttenbach and the Turkish composer/pianist Fazil Say
- 2009 first performance of the violin concerto dedicated to her by Faradj Karajew
- 2011 first performance of violin concertos dedicated to her by Maurizio Sotelo and Helmut Oehring ("Four seasons") as well as the work "Oh whispering suns" for double choir, solo violin and cymbal by Vanessa Lann
- 2012 first performance of the Romance for violin and strings dedicated to her by Tigran Mansurian with Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
- 2014 first performance of her own violin concerto "Hortus animae" with Camerata Bern.
- 2015 (August) first performance of «Dialogue», concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra by Mark-Anthony Turnage (with Sol Gabetta and Gstaad Festival Orchestra).
- 2015 (November) first performance of the violin concerto written for her by the American composer Michael Hersch with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
- 2016 first performance of Mauricio Sotelo's "Red Inner Light Sculpture" for Solo Violin, Strings, percussion and Flamenco Dancer (commissioned by P.K.)
- 2000: 1st prize in the International Henryk Szeryng Competition in Mexico
- 2002: Credit Suisse Young Artist Award
- 2004: New Talent – SPP Award of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
- 2006: Deutschlandfunk-award of the Bremer Musikfest
- 2008: Award of the music commission Kanton Bern, Switzerland
- 2009: ECHO in the category chamber music for the CD recorded with Fazil Say (works by Beethoven, Ravel, Bártok & Say)
- 2010: BBC-Music-Magazine award (orchestral category) for the CD recorded with Philippe Herreweghe and the Orchestre des Champs Elysees: Collected works for violin and orchestra by Beethoven
- 2011: "Golden Bow"-award of the Meiringen music festival, Switzerland
- 2012: Praetorius music award of the county Niedersachsen, Germany in the category "musical innovation"
- 2013: ECHO in the category concert recording of the year (20th/21st century/violin) for the double-CD with violin concertos by Bartók, Ligeti and Eötvös, recorded with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt respectively Ensemble Modern under Peter Eötvös (Naive)
- 2013: Gramophone Award "Recording of the year" and Grammy-nomination, both for the double-CD with violin concertos by Bartók, Ligeti and Eötvös, recorded with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt respectively Ensemble Modern under Peter Eötvös (Naive)
- 2014: International Classical Music Awards (Category Concerto) for the double CD with violin concertos by Bartók, Ligeti and Eötvös
- 2014: Prix Caecilia (Belgium) for the CD with violin concertos by Stravinsky and Prokofjev recorded with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski (Naive)
- 2014: Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2013 (Category instrumentalist)
- 2016: Music Award of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland for "remarkable musical achievements"
- 2017: Grand Prix of the Swiss Music Awards 2017 
- 2018: Grammy in the ‘Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance’ category for her Death & The Maiden album with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Alpha Classics 
|1998||ein klang 1996–1998
||Einklang Records 001/002||Double-CD|
An Introduction To Dmitri Smirnov
|2004||Boris Yoffe, 32 poems from the quartet book||
||Antes Edition, Bella Musica 319192||CD|
|2006||Jubilee-CD Classics (50 years DRS 2)
||Mihaela Ursuleasa (piano)||Swiss Radio DRS2, CDL1710||10 CDs|
||Edition Zeitton des ORF 2009336||CD|
|2007||Boris Yoffe, Musical Semantics
||Megadisc MDC 7798||CD|
|2008||Fazil Say 1001 Nights in the Harem
||Naïve, V 5147||CD|
||col legno, WWE 1CD 20279||CD|
|2009||Beethoven: Complete works for violin and orchestra
||Naïve, V 5174||CD|
|2009||Ludwig van Beethoven
||Naïve, V 5146||CD|
|2010||Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Rapsodia – Music from my homeland
||Naïve, V 5193||CD|
|2012||Three Hungarian violin concertos
||Naïve, V 5285||Double-CD|
|2013||Two Russian violin concertos
||Naïve, V 5352||CD|
||ECM New Series 2323||CD|
||ECM New Series 2329||CD|
||ECM New Series 2442||CD|
Duets from 1000 years of musical history
Works by Gesualdo, De Machaut, Gibbons, Giamberti, Biber, Bach, De Falla, Milhaud, Vivier, Martinu, Cage, Holliger, Sotelo, Dick, Sanchez-Chiong and from Winchester Troper
|2016||Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Complete symphonic works Vol.4
|2016 (March)||Robert Schumann
Complete symphonic works Vol.5
|2016 (October)||Franz Schubert
Death and the Maiden and also other works by Gesualdo, Dowland, Nörmiger, Kurtag etc.
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