German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability. Her “pure and fine-spun tone, blessed with seemingly infinite shadings” (The Chicago Tribune) combined with rare “technical brilliance” (The Guardian) make her one of the most-sought after soloist before the public today.
In the 2017-18 season Julia Fischer is Artist-in-Residence with the Wiener Symphoniker. Apart from a chamber music program with principals from the orchestra, joint concerts with the orchestra and Chief Conductor Philippe Jordan at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein feature performances of the Mendelssohn and Schumann violin concerti respectively as well as the Brahms concerto under the baton of Lahav Shani in Ms. Fischer’s hometown Munich. Further orchestral concerts in the season will reunite her with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Fabio Luisi), St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Paris (Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concerti with Yuri Temirkanov), London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski), SWR Symphonieorchester (Thomas Søndergård), Philharmonia Orchestra (Esa-Pekka Salonen), Orchestra National de France (Riccardo Muti), Dresden Philharmonie (Michael Sanderling) and Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich (Herbert Blomstedt). On tour with the Bayerische Staatsorchester and its General Music Director Kirill Petrenko, Julia Fischer performs the Brahms Double Concerto with Daniel Müller-Schott in Munich, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and New York’s Carnegie Hall in spring 2018. In recital with pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, Julia Fischer tours Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic.
An avid chamber music performer, Julia Fischer founded the Julia Fischer Quartet in 2011 with longtime collaborators Alexander Sitkovetsky, Nils Mönkemeyer und Benjamin Nyffenegger. The quartet goes on tour in early 2018 with stops amongst others in Leipzig, London, Luxembourg, Munich and Zurich.
Born in Munich, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and took over Ms. Chumachenco’s chair at the Academy in fall of 2011. Teaching and passing on to her students what she feels privileged to have learned from her teachers has since been a pivotal focus of her professional life. Apart from teaching at the Academy, Julia Fischer is regularly giving masterclasses at the “Musikferien am Starnberger See” in Germany. 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. Recent performances at the piano have seen her perform Dvorak’s Piano Quintet at Alte Oper Frankfurt and Munich’s Prinzregententheater.
Throughout her career, Julia Fischer released numerous CD and DVD recordings on the Pentatone and Decca labels. All recordings garnered highest praise by the international press and were awarded multiple prizes amongst others Germany’s ECHO Award, the Diapason d’Or; the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique and a BBC Music Magazine Award. Julia Fischer has been named ECHO “Instrumentalist of the Year” 2007, the Gramophone “Artist of the Year” 2007 and “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.
Julia Fischer was awarded the German Culture Prize in 2011 and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2016. She plays a Guadagnini from 1742 as well as a modern violin made by Philipp Augustin.