German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings, including being named 'Artist of the Year' at The Gramophone Awards in 2007 and 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.
Frequently praised for her technical mastery, Ms. Fischer is also lauded for her imaginative and illuminating interpretations of the classical repertoire, with the Financial Times saying: 'She may have spitfire technique but in Fischer's case the notes are not an end in themselves but purely a means to expressing musical truths'
Born in Munich in 1983 to a pianist mother from Slovakia and a mathematician father from Eastern Germany, Ms. Fischer began learning the piano with her mother at age three, but was soon persuaded to take up the violin as well because, as her brother also played piano, her mother thought it would be nice to have another instrument in the family. She began violin lessons at the Leopold Mozart Conservatoire in Augsburg, and three years later, she became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music (Musikhochschule). At just 11-years-old, she won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards a career as a soloist. Throughout her career, Ms. Fischer has always maintained her piano studies. On January 1st, 2008 she made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and conductor Matthias Pintscher. On the same program, she performed the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3. A DVD of this concert, recorded by Unitel Classica, was released by Decca in September 2010.
Ms. Fischer lives in Munich, Germany.
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