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Vadim Repin, who was born in 1971 in Novosibirsk, began playing violin at the age of five and made his stage debut just six months later; he was 11 when he won the Wieniawski Competition. In 1985 he made his debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, and Helsinki, and in 1986 he gave his first performance at Carnegie Hall in New York; after winning the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels in 1989, he was soon in demand by the world’s leading orchestras and festivals. Repin has collaborated since then with such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In the 2010-11 season he appeared as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Russian National Orchestra. He additionally concertized as part of a trio with Lang Lang and Mischa Maisky and also gave numerous recitals in Europe and Asia. His chamber music partners include such artists as Nikolai Lugansky, Itamar Golan, Martha Argerich, and Evgeny Kissin. Repin’s involvement in contemporary music was most recently evident when he gave the world premiere of the Violin Concerto written for him by James MacMillan, which took place in May 2010 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev; he also regularly performs works by Sofia Gubaidulina and John Adams. Repin’s recordings have won multiple awards; in the last several years he has recorded the violin concertos of Beethoven and Brahms as well as the piano trios by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Repin, who was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in December 2010, plays a Guarneri del Gesù “Bonjour” from 1743.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 19 August 1994 in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, with Yehudi Menuhin conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.