Julia Fischer

In summer 2007 Julia Fischer is featured as ''Artist in Residence'' at Germany's Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern where she will appear in concert, solo and duo recitals and chamber music. Similarly, she will both perform and teach at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. At the Aspen Music Festival Ms. Fischer performs in concert (Nicholas Maw Concerto) with Maestro David Zinman and in chamber music with pianist Jonathan Gilad and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott.

Returning to Europe, she will tour with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Elgar concerto) as well as with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven concerto). In September she returns to the Lucerne Music Festival with the San Francisco Symphony (Sibelius) and its music director Michael Tilson Thomas.

Highlights of the 2007-08 season include symphonic appearances with Marek Janowski, Jun Markl, Yakov Kreizberg, Neville Marriner, Christoph Poppen, Tugan Sokhiev, Yuri Temirkanov and Maestro Zinman (among others) with Czech Philharmonic (Dvorak), Danish Radio Orchestra (Beethoven), Dresden Philharmonic (Shostakovich Concerto No 1), London Philharmonic Orchestra (Dvorak), Munich Philharmonic (Dvorak), Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Shostakovich Concerto No 1), Orchestra National Capitole de Toulouse (Brahms), Orchestre National de Lyon (Mozart Concerto No. 5), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Bartok Concertos No. 1 and 2), St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Glazunov), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (Dvorak), Vienna Symphony (Shostakovich Concerto No. 1).

In the United States Ms. Fischer will tour with Maestro Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Beethoven) criss-crossing the country from New York to San Francisco as well as perform with the St. Louis Symphony (Dvorak).

The singularly most anticipated event of the 2007-08 season will be Julia Fischer's debut as a professional pianist. On a programme where she will also play the Glazunov Violin Concerto, Ms. Fischer will perform the Grieg Piano Concerto on 1 January 2008 with Sir Neville Marriner at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.

Later the same week she will perform both concertos in Saint Petersburg under the baton of Nikolai Alexeev. The season also includes numerous recitals throughout Germany, Spain and Italy with her long-time collaborator, pianist Milana Chernyavska, in additional to chamber music programmes in the United States and Europe. Ms. Fischer will also tour Europe with pianist Martin Helmchen in an all-Schubert program.

Looking to summer 2008, Ms. Fischer will make several important debuts: Tanglewood Music Festival, Blossom Festival, the BBC Proms at London???s Royal Albert Hall and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. During the 2007-08 season PentaTone Records will release Julia Fischer's third volume of Mozart (Concertante and Concertone) with Maestro Kreizberg, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and soloist Gordan Nikolic (viola and violin).

Two recent releases feature programmes of Brahms (the Violin Concerto and the Double Concerto with Mr. Müller-Schott) and Tchaikovsky (Concerto for Violin, Valse-Scherzo for Violin & Orchestra, Serenade melancholique in B-flat minor and ''Souvenir d'un lieu cher''). In its 20-Volume retrospective of great violists over the last century, entitled ''Jahrhundert-Geiger'', the Sueddeutsche Zeitung dedicated one volume to Julia Fischer. On DVD Ms. Fischer is showcased in an Opus Arte release of Vivaldi's ''Four Seasons'' with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields.

A student of famed violinist Ana Chumachenco, Julia Fischer is herself Germany's youngest Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. In 2005 she won Germany's coveted 'ECHO' Award for her recording of ''Russian Concertos'' by Khatchaturian, Prokofiev and Glazounov. In winter 2006 was named by BBC Music Magazine the ''Best Newcomer of the Year''. Great Britain's distinguished Gramophone Magazine pictured Julia Fischer on the front cover of their July 2006 issue as one of the major young emerging artists. Additionally, France's prestigious music journal, Diapason, has awarded Julia Fischer the 2006 ''Diapason d'Or l'année''. Julia Fischer makes her home in Munich, Germany.