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Ilya Gringolts

Ilya Gringolts convinces with highly virtuosic playing and subtle interpretations. As a sought-after soloist, he devotes himself not only to the large orchestral repertoire but also to contemporary music and historical performance practice. He regularly performs with leading orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony or Helsinki Philharmonic. He is also primarius of the Gringolts Quartet, which has enjoyed success at the festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh or Lucerne and at halls such as Teatro La Fenice, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In addition to his work as a professor at the Zurich University of the Arts, Ilya Gringolts has been appointed to the Accademia Chigiana in Siena from 2021.

Ilya Gringolts won the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini in 1998 was also named a BBC New Generation Artist at the outset of his career.


I do have "certain recollections" about the Premio Paganini. The associations are the following: the roaring buses outside the thoroughly-shut double window frames of my teacher's hotel room (particularly annoying after a 3 hour lesson), red-white furniture of my room at hotel Britannia .... Il Cannone from the hands of Mr. Giordano and a stubborn inner voice repeating: "Drop it, drop it ... drop it and see what happens...", the broken string one minute before my first performance .... I am beginning to realize that few lines cannot be enough and as I am writing now by the window looking straight at Stazione Principe, in Genoa, the impressions and memories that I thought had left unreturnably, find their way back and stay, because this place and that time are on my mind.