With a combination of depth, brilliance and humour, Patricia Kopatchinskaja brings an inimitable theatricality to her performances. Whether in a violin concerto by Tchaikovsky, Ligeti or Schoenberg, or in the presentation of an original scenic project, deconstructing Beethoven, Ustvolskaya or Cage, her distinctive approach always conveys the core of a work.
In the 2020/21 season she performed music by Shostakovich under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla among other engagements, and was artist in residence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. She brought her unique creativity to these residencies, performing Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire and her Dies irae project. Other highlights of the season included her debut at the BBC Proms, and recitals with her regular concert partners Joonas Ahonen and Polina Leschenko throughout Europe, including at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Copenhagen Konzerthaus and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.
Highlights of the 2021/22 season have included Kopatchinskaja’s residencies with the Berlin Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, appearances with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and ongoing engagements as artistic partner of Camerata Bern.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s recording of Pierrot lunaire was released in April 2021. Her other recent CD releases include a Vivaldi project with Il Giardino Armonico, the album Plaisirs illuminés with Sol Gabetta and Camerata Bern, and Francisco Coll’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Gustavo Gimeno. The programme Death and the Maiden, for which she, together with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, was awarded a Grammy in 2018, was given a new lease of life by Kopatchinskaja and Camerata Bern in 2021: it was broadcast in a semi-concert performance on HarrisonParrott’s streaming platform ‘Virtual Circle’.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja regularly performs works by leading contemporary composers such as Luca Francesconi, Michael Hersch, György Kurtág and Márton Illés. From 2014 to 2018 she was artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has also been an artist in residence for various festivals, among them the 2017 Lucerne Festival and the 2018 Ojai Music Festival.
She is a humanitarian ambassador for Terre des hommes, the leading Swiss child relief agency, and was awarded the Swiss Grand Award for Music in 2017.