Alissa Margulis

Aurora Chamber Music Scholarship 2011

The Guardian” describes Alissa Margulis’s playing as „exceptional”, Ivry Gitlis praises it as ”a revelation”.

Appreciated for her expressive and very emotional performances, Alissa Margulis regularly plays in important concert halls such as the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmony, the Vienna Musikverein, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Izumi Hall in Osaka, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Tel-Aviv Art Center, Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Walton Arts Center Chicago, the Schönberg Hall in Los Angeles or the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov.

She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists and has performed since then with numerous orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltica, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Beethovenorchester Bonn, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the SWR and the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the Oxford Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lorraine and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Her many prizes at international music competitions include those at the Wieniawski Competition in Poland, the Spohr Youth Competition, the Novosibirsk Violin Competition, Viotti Vercelli Competition in Italy, the Osaka Chamber Music Competition, the UNISA String Competition in Pretoria, the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence, Alissa Margulis received the Award for Young Artists by the European Foundation for Culture.

Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Lilya Zilberstein and Paul Badura-Skoda.

She appeared further at the Davos Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Encuentro di Musica Santander, the Gstaad Festival Yehudi Menuhin, the Oleg Kagan Festival Kreuth, the Kronberg Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival, the Martha Argerich Presents: Odyssey  in Ljubljana, the Progetto Martha Argerich Festival of Lugano, the Radio France Festival in Menton at Côte d’Azur, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Tours Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Herbstfestspiele Baden-Baden and the Verbier Festival.

EMI Classics released several CDs of the „Martha Argerich and Friends” cycle with Alissa Margulis’s participation on which she can be heared performing chamber music works and sonatas by Schnittke, Messiaen, Shostakovich, Piazzolla among others.

Alissa Margulis has been presented in numerous productions for international radio stations and is also featured on a TV broadcast of Arte devoted to the Chamber Music Connects the World project.

She plays a Guadagnini Violin dated 1754, a private loan from Jonathan Moulds.