Violinist Vadim Repin (1971) began playing the violin in his native Novosibirsk, Russia, studying with the excellent teacher Zakhar Bron, who also counts Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Gluzman, Daniel Hope and others among his students. Repin won gold at the Wienawski Competition at the age of 11, and he then performed in his first solo concerts in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. At the age of fourteen, he was already giving concerts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki and New York’s Carnegie Hall. At the age of seventeen, he became the youngest ever winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Since then, he has performed in Europe, America and Asia’s most famous concert halls.
He has been invited to collaborate with the world’s best orchestras: the Berlin, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra of Hamburg, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the La Scala Orchestra.
He has performed with conductors Mariss Jansons, Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Valery Gergiev, Yehudi Menuhin, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mstislav Rostropovich, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Temirkanov and many others.
He has partnered with Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Andrei Korobeinikov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Boris Berezovsky and Mikhail Pletnev when playing chamber music repertoire, and he frequently collaborates with Nikolai Lugansky and Itamar Golan.
Fiery passion with impeccable technique, poetry and sensitivity are Vadim Repin’s trademarks.
He has taken part in the Moscow Easter Festival, the BBC Proms, the Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Hollywood, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Gstaad, Rheingau, Verbier, Dubrovnik and Menton Festivals, as well as many others.
His recordings have won both an ECHO Klassik award and a BBC Music Award.
In 2010, Repin was awarded France’s Victoire d’Honneur prize for his lifetime dedication to music, as well as becoming Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. In 2014 he became an Honorary Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, and in 2015 he was awarded the same title by the Shanghai Conservatory.
He founded the Trans-Siberian Festival of the Arts – one of the most dynamic Russian arts forums – which has taken place every spring since 2014. Thanks to this, his native area, from Novosibirsk to Krasnoyarsk and Samara, has been visited by conductors Thomas Sanderling, Kent Nagano, Dmitri Jurowski, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Andres Mustonen and Charles Dutoit, pianists Denis Kozhukhin and Andrei Korobeinikov, the English Chamber Orchestra, cellists Mario Brunello and Mischa Maisky, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and many other musicians from a total of 23 different countries. As part of the festival, more than 30 workshops and educational programmes have taken place. At the start of 2019, the newspaper Muzykalnoe Obozrenie named the 5th Trans-Siberian Festival of the Arts “Festival of the Year,” and Repin as “Person of the Year”.
Pieces commissioned by the festival include works by Lera Auerbach, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Sofia Gubaidulina. The festival also included the premiere of Benjamin Yusupov’s opus Voices of Violin, which was dedicated to Repin and his wife, Bolshoi and La Scala prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova. Trans-Siberian Festival concerts reach as far as Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and they have also taken place in Israel and the United States. Meanwhile, a chamber music festival named after Repin takes place in Tokyo.
Repin plays the 1773 “Rode” violin by Stradivari.