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Arabella Steinbacher, who was born in 1981 to a German-Japanese family in Munich, was three when she began playing the violin and commenced studies at the age of nine with Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music. A major source of musical inspiration was her encounter with Ivry Gitlis. As a soloist she appears today with many of the leading orchestras. In the 2015-16 season these have included the Bamberg and Vienna Symphony Orchestras, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and in the coming fall she will perform with the Oslo and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. She has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Steinbacher’s recordings have won two Echo Klassik Awards and three German Record Critics Awards. She plays the Booth Stradivari from 1716.