German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings, including being named "Artist of the Year" at The Gramophone Awards in 2007 and "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.
Julia Fischer will open the 2013-14 season with a tour through Germany with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. As Artist in Residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie she will perform the Brahms violin and triple concerti under the baton if chief conductor Michael Sanderling, tour Asia with the orchestra and appear in further chamber concerts throughout the season. In November and December 2013, Ms. Fischer will appear in recitals in major European venues including London's Wigmore Hall, Musikverein Wien, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and at the Berlin Philharmonie amongst others. The tour program will feature repertoire from her new CD which will be released on the Decca label at the same time: Pablo Sarasate's works for violin and piano op. 20-24 and 26-29. In the United States, she will perform in subscription weeks with the Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony with music directors Fanz Welser-Möst and Michael Tilson Thomas respectively. At New York's Carnegie Hall, she will appear with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov.
A highlight of Ms. Fischer's 2012-13 season was her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with both, the Beethoven and Salonen Violin Concerto under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen in April 2013 – "a debut which could not have been more impressive" as Austria's Die Presse attested. Coinciding with Decca's release of the recording of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvorak's Violin Concerto in spring 2013, Julia Fischer embarked on a tour of Germany with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman. Two years before she gave her acclaimed debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Easter Festival.
Born in Munich, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. Throughout her career, Ms. Fischer has always maintained her piano studies. In 2008 she made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and conductor Matthias Pintscher. On the same program, she performed the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3. A DVD of this concert, recorded by Unitel Classica, was released by Decca in September 2010.
Violinist Julia Fischer in "Talking Germany" on DW TV (English edition)
"Fischer is such a fleet, silver-toned soloist, quick to gambol and quicker to charm . . . Through hesitations, piquant phrasings, improvisatory flourishes and limpid stretches of gorgeous hush she always keeps the music alive." – The Times
". . . a star act on a high . . . bright, attenuated sound, vibrantly expressive but never overbearing" – Gramophone
Celebrating the showpieces of violin legend Pablo Sarasate, star violinist Julia Fischer shines a new light on Sarasate's music with her new album for Decca/Universal Music Classics. One of the leading violinists of her generation, Fischer delivers virtuoso pyrotechnics while demonstrating the extreme technical challenges of the music. A follow-up to her well-received 2013 Decca release Bruch/Dvořák, Fischer stated that she wantsSarasate to communicate its inherent joy and enthusiasm as she finds each piece to have a mood and story all its own.
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No doubt there are many different ways of presenting all 10 of Beethoven's violin sonatas in three recitals, all with their own logic. For their cycle at the Wigmore Hall, Julia Fischer and Igor Levit have opted for a straightforward, chronological sequence. That means that the best-known sonatas, the Spring and the Kreutzer, as well as the wonderfully solitary and enigmatic late sonata, the G major Op 96, fall in the later programmes, and the opening recital was dominated by the first set of three sonatas, Op 12.
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Each week CBC Radio 2's In Concert looks at new classical music releases and selects one recording that you need to know about. Julia Fischer's Sarasate is the CBC Music classical disc of the week for May 4th.
Each month, WCLV: Cleveland Program Director Bill O'Connell selects a series of special CDs to be featured on the air throughout the month. For May Bill has selected Sarasate - Julia Fischer, violin; Milana Chernyavsky, piano on Decca and will be featuring on Thu 5/1, Mon 5/12, Wed 5/21, Fri 5/30
Julia Fischer is on a mission: to restore the music of Pablo de Sarasate to the concert stage. When it comes to attracting new listeners to art music, she doesn't dabble in alternate genres because, she says, "I don't think crossover is the right way to make classical music popular." Her way is to embrace the many appealing pieces by the likes of Paganini, Kreisler and Sarasate, all composer-performers and celebrated stars in their day who never distinguished between art and entertainment. Ms. Fischer brings her astonishing prowess to bear on Sarasate's Spanish Dances, Jota aragonesa, and the ultimate showstopper Zigeunerweisen. She and her longtime accompanist, Milana Chernyavska, believe the distinction between serious and light music leads nowhere, agreeing instead with Duke Ellington's adage, "There are two kinds of music-good music and the other kind."
Though she's now only on the cusp of her 31st birthday, violinist Julia Fischer is as much a fixture on the concert stage as any soloist playing today. Once considered the young successor to Anne-Sophie Mutter, it's become clear that, yes, the classical music world is big enough for both artists to flourish, each in her own way. In releasing a collection of works by Sarasate, in collaboration with pianist Milana Chernyavska, Fischer continues to forge a path not in succession to others like Mutter, but rather as a response to her own particular interests and the world she sees around her.
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German violinist Julia Fischer makes it sound all so easy in her performances of these delightful and colorful showpieces by the 19th-century Spanish virtuoso violinist and composer. Joined by Ukrainian pianist Milana Chernyavska, Fischer and her 1742 Guadagnini violin sail through the eight, idiomatic Spanish Dances and other works including the delicate and evocative Song of the Nightingale and the ever-popular Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs). Check Out This WRTI: Philadelphia Classical New Release!
This week's WQXR new releases include a healthy Spanish tinge, with violinist Julia Fischer joined by pianist Milina Chernyavska, playing the music of Pablo de Sarasate.
The German violinist Julia Fischer is back touring and recording after a hiatus the stretched over a year. The 30-year-old musician has just released an album of showpieces by Pablo de Sarasate (1844–1908), works whose technical demands are familiar to many violinists, but whose temperament is harder to grasp. Violinists sometimes approach these pieces with a cloying, even condescending air, as if to suggest that the music is mere encore material. Fischer's affinity for the composer seems utterly sincere, however. She has never been a performer who likes to dabble in pop culture yet the four sets of Spanish Dances here were rooted in just that, and are quite entertaining to boot. To wrap the collection, Fisher whips up a frenzy in Zigunderweisen.