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 Yearˮ at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.
Born in Munich, Julia 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 as just an 11-years-old won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist.
Julia Fischer has since appeared regularly with the world’s most celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concert highlights have included orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. Julia Fischer has worked with conductors of the highest level including Blomstedt, Eschenbach, Jurowski, Järvi, Maazel, Temirkanov, and Zinman. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Julia Fischer has performed in the world’s great concert halls and in festivals across Europe, including the Musikverein Vienna, Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Easter Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, and Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Julia Fischer opened the 2014/15 season with concerts at the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, performing in recital with Igor Levit and in concert with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under the baton of Michael Sanderling. Following an appearance with Daniel Müller-Schott at the Festival Herbstliche Musiktage, Julia Fischer embarks on a recital tour of France with Yulianna Avdeeva. A tour of Germany with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Jurowski will see Julia Fischer perform the rarely programmed Schumann Violin concerto; she also tours Switzerland in the role of conductor and soloist with pianist Oliver Schnyder and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and appears in major venues throughout Europe alongside the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Temirkanov. Further highlights as soloist include the Philharmonia Orchestra under Hrůša, MDR Symphony under Kristjan Järvi, Boston Symphony under Dutoit, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/Bringuier. Summer 2015 will see Julia Fischer performing at major festivals – at Grafenegg Music Festival, at the Kissinger Summer Music Festival with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Blomstedt, at the Rheingau Music Festival with Jordan – as well as on a European tour with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony under Sanderling performing Khachaturian.
The 2014/15 season will also include a tour of Europe with the Julia Fischer Quartet, which was founded by Julia Fischer in the 2011/12 season and garnered ecstatic acclaim from public and critics alike for Julia Fischer, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Nils Mönkemeyer and cellist Benjamin Nyffenegger.
Julia Fischer records exclusively for Decca Classics / Universal Music Group. The latest recordings feature the Bruch and Dvořák violin concertos with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under Zinman and works of Sarasate for violin and piano with frequent collaborator Milana Chernyavska.
On 1 January 2008 she made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and conductor Matthias Pintscher. On the same program, she performed Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3. A DVD of this concert, recorded by Unitel Classica, was released by Decca.