Vadim Repin


Martin Wittenberg
North America
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A violinist of the highest caliber, whose musical sensitivity matches his immaculate technique.
The Seattle Times, by Bernard Jacobson

Fiery passion with impeccable technique, poetry and sensitivity are Vadim Repin’s trademarks. Born in Siberia in 1971, Vadim Repin was eleven when he won the gold medal in all age categories in the Wienawski Competition and gave his recital debuts in Moscow and St Petersburg. At 14 he made his debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Helsinki; a year later in Carnegie Hall. At 17 he was the youngest ever winner of the Reine Elisabeth Concours.

Since then he has performed with all the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. Among the highlights of his career in the past few seasons have been tours with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the NHK Orchestra and Dutoit, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and acclaimed premières in London, Philadelphia, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw of the violin concerto written for him by James MacMillan, culminating in a BBC Prom at the sold out Royal Albert Hall.

Vadim Repin recorded the great Russian violin concerti by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky on Warner Classics. For Deutsche Grammophon he recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto, the Brahms Violin Concerto and Double Concerto (Truls Mørk, cello) with the Gewandhaus Orchester, the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov trios with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang (which won the Echo Classic) and works by Grieg, Janacek and César Franck with Nikolai Lugansky, which won the 2011 BBC Music Award.

In 2010 he received the Victoire d’Honneur, France’s most prestigious musical award for a lifetime’s dedication to music, and became Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Following master classes and concerts in Beijing in December 2014 he was awarded an honorary professorship of the Central Conservatory of Music, and in 2015 an honorary professorship of the Shanghai Conservatory.

Vadim Repin plays on the 1733 'Rode' violin by Stradivari.

The solo part's [in James MacMillan's new Violin Concerto] torrential flurries and sweetly spun melodies are custom fitted to a virtuoso like Mr. Repin, to whom the work is dedicated... Mr. Repin's unshakeable bravura and the orchestra's magnificent playing made a compelling case for it. Audience response was rousing and sustained.
The New York Times, by Steve Smith
Vadim Repin is able to make the insanely difficult look everyday, It’s also a piece [Debussy’s s Violin Sonata in G minor] that enabled Repin to show why he's in a sparsely-occupied category of musicians: it's not just his technical ability, of being able to move his fingers from lighting-fast from low on the G string to playing octaves on the E, but of being able to dig deep into the subcontext of a piece and identify its ethos.
Toronto Examiner, by Christina Strynatka