Published on 14/02/2018

New album release DEUX (16 February) and high-profile UK appearances for


including Wigmore Hall recital; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Aurora Orchestra; & Artist-in-Residence at the Aldeburgh Festival 2018

"In another life, Patricia Kopatchinskaja might have been a rock star or a stand-up comedian. This is a violinist who loves taking risks, who subverts musical tradition...." (Financial Times)

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is one of today’s major creative forces. A fierce advocate for artistic integrity and originality, her explosive curiosity leaves an unforgettable impression in concert and on record. The coming months see her make several high-profile appearances in the UK, as well as release her anticipated new album on Alpha Classics, DEUX, with pianist Polina Leschenko (16 February).

One such performance highlight will be her appearance as Artist-in-residence at the Aldeburgh Festival 2018, where she will programme the final days in collaboration with the Ojai Music Festival where she is this year’s Music Director. As Snape Maltings' 2018 Artist-in-residence, Kopatchinskaja will give three concerts: two with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and one with her musician parents, exploring her Moldovan roots. With MCO she will direct the staged concert Bye Bye Beethoven, centered around the composer’s violin concerto and featuring video and sound designers.

In the run-up to the Aldeburgh Festival Kopatchinskaja will perform in London as a soloist, chamber musician, and in concerto with several world-class ensembles:

  • Wigmore Hall recital with Polina Leschenko to launch new album DEUX (16 February)
  • with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada performing Stravinsky's Violin Concerto (24 March)
  • chamber music recital with Pierre-Laurent Aimard performing Ligeti's Horn Trio (11 May)
  • with Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon performing Ligeti Concertos (13 May)

For her third album on Alpha Classics, Kopatchinskaja is joined by a hugely talented pianist whose approach to music is as boundary-pushing as hers: Polina Leschenko. Together they explore pieces that have several touchpoints, not least the synergy between French and Hungarian culture: Bartók Violin Sonata No.2; Poulenc Violin Sonata; Ravel Tzigane; plus Dohnányi's Valse Coppélia by Délibes. After a much-fêted recital at Wigmore Hall in 2017, the Financial Times wrote: "Then came the highlight: Ravel’s Tzigane. This piece has provided many a violinist with a show-stopping finale, but few pull it off with the same commitment, sense of freedom, or humour as Kopatchinskaja. She made this well-whipped warhorse seem new…" In its outstanding 'Editor's Choice' review of DEUX in February 2018, Gramophone wrote: “In the moments before pressing play on any new recording from Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the only thing you can be absolutely certain of is that you’re about to hear something brimming with personality, individuality and panache... this album is a properly exciting, life affirming box of delights .”

The duo launches the album with a European tour in February 2018, including at London's Wigmore Hall on 16th.

About Patricia Kopatchinskaja www.patriciakopatchinskaja.com


2018 ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL Artist-in-residence