Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s versatility shows itself in her diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque and Classical works, often played on gut strings, to new commissions and reinterpretations of modern masterworks.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s highlights of the 2018/19 season include a tour through Europe with Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini in an innovative Vivaldi programme. With Kirill Petrenko she performed Schönberg’s Violin Concerto with both the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. Performances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto under Teodor Currentzis took her with musicAeterna to Moscow and Japan and under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to Los Angeles. She also made her debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano.
One of Kopatchinskaja’s main focuses is on staged concerts: in 2016 she created the concert performance Bye Bye Beethoven with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Hamburg and at the Lucerne Festival 2017 she broached the issue of the environmental crisis in the Dies Irae project. Both projects were repeated in 2018 at the Ojai Music Festival in California, Bye Bye Beethoven also at the Aldeburgh Festival and Dies Irae as a ‘climate concert’ in May 2019 with the Orchester des Wandels, consisting of members of the Staatskapelle Berlin and Patricia Kopatchinskaja as artistic director.
After being artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in the USA for four years, the violinist took over the artistic direction of the Camerata Bern in 2018, together they staged the projects Krieg und Chips as well as Zeit und Ewigkeit; the latter was also presented at the Beethovenfest Bonn and in Ghent.
As a performer and singer, Patricia Kopatchinskaja also opened up new works: she interpreted Schönberg’s Pierrot lunaire with musicians from the Camerata Bern, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and she performed Ligeti’s Myteries du macabre with the Camerata Bern.
Chamber music is immensely important to Patricia Kopatchinskaja and she performs regularly with artists such as Markus Hinterhäuser, Polina Leschenko, Sol Gabetta, Anthony Romaniuk and Jay Campbell at venues such as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Together with Markus Hinterhäuser she performed works by Ustwolskaja at the Salzburg Festival last year.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja is also a prolific recording artist: her release Death and the Maiden from 2016 on Alpha Classics was recorded with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and won a Grammy Award in 2018. In the same year Alpha Classics released her CD Deux with works by Ravel, Poulenc and Bartók, which she recorded with Polina Leschenko.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja was born in Moldova and studied the violin at first in her homeland. She then moved to Vienna, before studying in Bern with Igor Ozim from 1998 to 2000.