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The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is Lucerne’s 2017 Summer Festival “artiste étoile.” Born in 1977 in Chişinău in the Republic of Moldova, she comes from a musical family – her mother also plays violin and her father performs on the cimbalom. In 1989 the family emigrated to Vienna, where the 17-year-old Kopatchinskaja began her studies at the Music University; four years later she transferred to the University of the Arts in Bern, where she completed her studies with Igor Ozim. She became known in professional circles through her victory at the International Szeryng Competition (2000), and in 2002 she won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Today Patricia Kopatchinskaja works with leading orchestras and generates a buzz through her unusual, often radical performances. Equally at home in early music, the Romantic repertoire, and modern music, she is also an animated chamber musician and creates staged concerts. In the 2016-17 season she served as artist-in-residence at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and at London’s Wigmore Hall. She performed Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with the Filarmonica della Scala, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Helsinki Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s Second with the London Philharmonic; together with the Russian ensemble musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, she toured Europa, playing Berg and Mozart. In 2018 she will take on the role of Music Director of the Ojai Festival in California. Kopatchinskaja’s recordings have won the Echo Klassik Award (2009 and 2013), the International Classical Music Award, the Prix Caecilia, and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Year Award. Her most recent releases include the violin concertos of Schumann (conducted by Heinz Holliger) and Tchaikovsky (with Currentzis) as well as the album Death and the Maiden, featuring works by composers from Dowland to Kurtág.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2002 playing the Sibelius Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons.