"[Viktoria] Mullova may be the most elegant,
refined and sweetly expressive violinist on the planet."
The Chicago Tribune, August 2005
Viktoria Mullova is known the world over as a virtuosic violinist with exceptional versatility and musical integrity. Her curiosity spans the gamut of musical development from baroque and classical right up to the most contemporary influences and improvisation.
Her interest in the authentic approach has led to collaborations with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Il Giardino Armonico, Venice Baroque and . She has a close association with harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone with whom she tours and has recorded her all- Bach programme and which led Tim Ashley to write, “To hear Mullova play Bach is, simply, one of the greatest things you can experience…” in The Guardian.
Her ventures into creative contemporary music started in 2000 with her album “Through the Looking Glass” (with the renowned British jazz pianist Julian Joseph). “…Mullova and friends transcended their contrasting musical origins and fused into something genuinely new and beguiling.” said Richard Morrison in The Times. Her exploration continues, commissioning works from young composers such as Fraser Trainer and she is currently working on a project involving gypsy music and improvisation with Matthew Barley’s band. She was recently asked by London's Southbank Centre to feature as the first “Artist-in-Focus” in their re-vamped International Chamber Music Series. The Southbank’s head of music, Marshall Marcus described her as, “a great virtuoso with extraordinary courage and commitment with a rare propensity to try new things and experiment.”
Over the next two seasons, the Vienna Konzerthaus will also feature Viktoria in six very different concerts in recognition of her musical diversity.
As a recitalist, she regularly performs with Katia Labиque and she has recently formed a duo with the fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenout performing works by Schubert and Beethoven. Later in the season, they will be joined by cellist Pieter Wispelwey for Trio concerts throughout Europe and she will continue her all-Bach recitals with Ottavio Dantone.
She is also a familiar face on the international concert scene, regularly appearing with the world’s major orchestras and conductors. In 2008-09 she performs with, among others, the Berlin Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, The Philharmonia with Paavo Jarvi and the Orchestre National de France as well as concerts with the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras.
Mullova’s extensive discography for Philips Classics has attracted many prestigious awards. In 2005 she joined the ONYX Classics label to present a series of new recordings. Her debut disc, Vivaldi Concertos with Il Giardino Armonico and directed by Giovanni Antonini, won the Diapason D’Or of the Year award for 2005. Other discs have included the Schubert Octet with the Mullova Ensemble, “Recital” with Katia Labиque, and Bach Sonatas with Ottavio Dantone. She has just completed her most important recording project of her life: all of J S Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin which will be released shortly.
She studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and the Moscow Conservatoire. Her extraordinary talent captured international attention when she won first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982. Since then, she has appeared with most of the world's greatest orchestras and conductors and at the major international festivals. Viktoria either plays on her ‘Jules Falk’ 1723 Stradivarius or a Guadagnini violin.
Victoria Mullova official website www.viktoriamullova.com