Ilya Gringolts



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28.11. 19:00
Västerås Concert Hall

Albert Schnelzer,  Nocturnal Songs - Violin Concerto No 2

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Västerås Sinfonietta

07.12. 20:00
Glasgow City Halls

Heinz Holliger,  Violinkonzert "Hommage à Louis Soutter"

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Ilan Volkov, conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

29.12. 19:00
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow

Johann Sebastian Bach,  Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, F major, BWV 1047
Igor Strawinsky,  Tres sacrae cantiones (Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa)
Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Violin Concerto, Op.3, No.9
Johann Sebastian Bach,  Chorale Variations "Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her"
Witold Lutoslawski,  Twenty Polish Christmas Carols
Arthur Honneger,  Une Cantate de Noël

Alexandra Kadurina, mezzo-soprano
Ilya Gringolts, violin
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

05.01. 19:00
Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari

Johannes Brahms,  Double Concerto A minor for violin, cello and orchestra Op. 102

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Nicolas Altstaedt, violoncello

14.01. 20:00
Philharmonie Luxembourg

Niccoló Paganini,  24 Capricci
Salvatore Sciarrino,  6 Capricci
Jörg Widmann,  Études

Ilya Gringolts, violin

18.01. 14:15
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Alban Berg,  Violin Concerto 'Dem Andenken eines Engels'

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Andrea Battistoni, conductor

01.02. 22:00
Pinakothek der Moderne, München

Johannes Maria Staud,  Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Clemens Schuldt, conductor
Münchener Kammerorchester MKO
Johannes Maria Staud, composition

07.02. 13:00
Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Olari Elts, conductor
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

07.02. 19:00
Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn

Salvatore Sciarrino,  Allegoria della notte for violin and orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn,  Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Ilya Gringolts, violin
Olari Elts, conductor
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra


One can hardly play the violin more expressively and uncompromisingly than Gringolts. (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts wins over audiences with his extremely virtuosic playing and sensitive interpretations and is always seeking out new musical challenges. As a sought-after soloist, he devotes himself to the great orchestral repertoire as well as to contemporary and seldom-played works. He has premiered compositions by Peter Maxwell Davies, Augusta Read Thomas, Christophe Bertrand, Albert Schnelzer, and Michael Jarrell. This season he will add a new work by Bernhard Lang to this list. He is also interested in historical performance practices and collaborates regularly with ensembles such as the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and Arcangelo.

Ilya Gringolts has performed with leading orchestras around the world such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and both orchestras of the SWR (Southwest German Radio). Recent highlights include projects with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Singaporean Symphony Orchestra, and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

He kicked off the 2019/20 season at the Enescu Festival with a performance of Michael Jarrell's Violin Concerto. This is followed by further invitations to play with internationally renowned ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Toscana, and NRK Norwegian Radio Orchestra. In spring 2020, Ilya Gringolts is artist in residence at the Badenweiler Musiktage, where in addition to his own Gringolts Quartet Meta4 and Kristian Bezuidenhout will guest.

Ilya Gringolts is also first violinist of the Gringolts Quartet, which he founded in 2008 and which has enjoyed great success at the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Edinburgh Festival, and at major international houses such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Dortmund Konzerthaus and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. An in-demand chamber musician, Ilya Gringolts regularly collaborates with artists such as James Boyd, David Kadouch, Itamar Golan, Peter Laul, Aleksandar Madzar, Nicolas Altstaedt, Christian Poltera, Andreas Ottensamer, Antoine Tamestit, and Jörg Widmann.

He has made numerous critically praised recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, BIS, Hyperion and Onyx, and received outstanding reviews for his recording of Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin in 2013. In the orchestral realm, he has released recordings of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Violin Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015 as well as Dvorak’s violin concerto with the Prague Philharmonia for Deutsche Grammophon, and concertos by Korngold and Adams with the Copenhagen Philharmonic under Santtu-Matias Rouvali. In 2018 he released the second CD in his recording project of Stravinsky’s complete violin works, recorded with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Galicia under Dima Slobodeniouk.

After studying violin and composition in St. Petersburg, he attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Itzhak Perlman. In 1998 he won the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, the youngest finalist in the history of the competition. In addition to his position as professor of violin at the Zurich Academy of the Arts, he is also a Violin International Fellow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Ilya Gringolts plays a Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesù" violin, Cremona 1742-43.

2019/20 Season

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orchestral repertoire

J. Adams Violin Concerto (1993)
B. Adolphe Violin Concerto
D. Ammann unbalanced instability for violin and chamber orchestra (2012/2013)
A. Arensky Violin concerto in A minor Op 54
J. S. Bach Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Violin Concerto in D minor BWV 1052R
Violin Concerto in G minor BWV 1056
Concerto for 2 violins & orchestra in D minor BWV 1043
S. Barber Violin Concerto Op 14
B. Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1 Sz 36
Violin Concerto No. 2 Sz 112
L. v. Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major Op 61 *
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G major Op 40 *
Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F major Op 50 *
Triple Concerto in C Major Op 56 *
L. Bernstein Serenade (after Plato’s ”Symposium”) for solo violin, harp, percussion, and strings (1954)
A. Berg Violin Concerto
G. Bizet/ F. Waxman Carmen – Fantasy for violin and orchestra
J. Brahms Violin Concerto in D major Op 77

* (also) for chamber orchestra

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Recital Programmes

Duo I - with Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

Sonatas by L. v. Beethoven and C. P. E. Bach

Duo II - with Peter Laul (piano)

W. A. Mozart Sonata in A Major, K. 526
A. Dvorak Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
E. W. Korngold Sonata in G Major, Op. 6

Solo I - La Ciaccona

works by J. S. Bach, Roberto Gerhard, Brice Pauset and Heinz Holliger

Solo II - Paganini plus

works by N. Paganini, Salvatore Sciarrino and Jörg Widmann
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Eisler, Ravel & Widmann Duos

Eisler, Ravel & Widmann Duos

Ilya Gringolts, Dmitry Kouzow
Delos Productions, 2019, DE3556

Stravinsky Vol 2

Stravinsky - Music for Violin Vol. 2

Ilya Gringolts, Peter Laul, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Dima Slobodeniouk
BIS Records, 2018, BIS-2275 SACD


Stravinsky - Music for Violin Vol. 1

Ilya Gringolts, Peter Laul
BIS Records, 2017, BIS-2245 SACD

Korngold, Adams Violin Concerto

Korngold, Adams - Violin Concerto

Ilya Gringolts, Copenhagen Phil
Orchid Classics, 2017, ORC100066

Antonin Dvorák: A Bohemian Rhapsody

Antonin Dvorák: A Bohemian Rhapsody

Works by Antonin Dvorák
Ilya Gringolts, Nicola Guerini, Prague Philharmonia
Deutsche Grammophon, 2016, 4814646

Ross: Symphony No. 5

HARRIS - SYMPHONY No. 5 & Violin Concerto

Ilya Gringolts, S.-A. Russell (Mezzo-soprano)
E. Stier, G. Walker,  Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Naxos, 2015, 747313353279

Haydn - Sinfonia Concertante

Haydn - Sinfonia Concertante

& Mozart - Concertos
Ilya Gringolts (violin), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo
Hyperion, 2015, CDA68090

Weinberg - Violin Concerto

Weinberg - Violin Concerto

& Symphony no. 4
Ilya Gringolts, Jacek Kaspszyk, Warsaw Philharmonic
Warner Classics, 2014, 2564622483

Paganini - 24 Caprices for Violin

Paganini - 24 Caprices for Violin

Ilya Gringolts
Orchid Classics, 2013, ORC100039

Schumann - The 3 Piano Trios

Schumann - The 3 Piano Trios

Ilya Gringolts (violin), Peter Laul (piano), Dmitry Kouzov (cello)
Onyx, 2011, ONYX 4072

Schumann - 3 Sonatas for violin and piano

Schumann - 3 Sonatas for violin and piano

Ilya Gringolts (violin), Peter Laul (piano)
Onyx, 2010, ONYX 4053

Arensky - Violin Concerto in A minor

Arensky - Violin Concerto in A minor

Taneyev - Suite de concert
Ilya Gringolts, Ilan Volkov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Hyperion, 2009, CDA67642

Beethoven - Triple Concerto

Beethoven - Triple Concerto

Ilya Gringolts (violin), Alexander Lonquish (piano) and Mario Brunello (cello)
Claudio Abbado, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon, 2008, 447 7244

Ernst - Othello Fantasy, Six Polyphonic Studies, Elegy, Erlkönig

Ernst - Othello Fantasy, Six Polyphonic Studies, Elegy, Erlkönig

Ilya Gringolts (violin), Ashley Wass (piano)
Hyperion, 2008, CDA67619

Taneyev - Chamber Music

Taneyev - Chamber Music

Ilya Gringolts, Vadim Repin, Nobuko Imai and Mikhail Pletnev
Deutsche Grammophon, 2005, 4775419

Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1

Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1

Sibelius - Violin Concerto and Humoresques III-VI
Ilya Gringolts, Neeme Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon, 2004, 474 814-2

Bach - Solo Partitas and Sonatas

Bach - Solo Partitas and Sonatas

Deutsche Grammophon, 2002, 474 235–2

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D Major

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D Major

Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor
Ilya Gringolts, Ithak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon, 2002 471 616-2

Berio - Duetti per violino

Berio - Duetti per violino

Denisov - Sonata for two violins
Ilya Gringolts (violin), Alexandr Bulov (violin)
BIS, 2001, BIS-CD-1047

Hindemith - Sonata, Op. 31 No. 1 & No. 2

Hindemith - Sonata, Op. 31 No. 1 & No. 2

Schnittke - A Paganini, Gringolts - Sonata Bachiana
Ysaye - Six Sonatas, Op. 27, No. 3 & No. 6
BIS, 2000, BIS-CD-1051

Paganini - Concerto No. 1 and further pieces

Paganini - Concerto No. 1 and further pieces

Ilya Gringolts (violin), Irina Ryumina (piano), Osmo Vänskä, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
BIS, 1999, BIS-CD-999

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