Kolja Blacher

Kolja Blacher studied at the Juilliard School of Music with Dorothy DeLay and with Sandor Vegh in Salzburg. He performed as a soloist all over the world, with orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Symphony, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia and Baltimore Symphony. He has worked with conductors including Kirill Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Dimitri Kitajenko, Mariss Jansons, Matthias Pintscher, Markus Stenz.

Blachers programmatic spectrum comprises works for solo violin from Bach to Berio, the classical-romantic core repertoire, and contemporary music for violin and orchestra (including works by Magnus Lindberg, Kurt Weill, Hans Werner Henze and Bernd Alois Zimmermann). Open to new concert experiences, he gave the German premiere of Brett Deans Electric Preludes for the six-string e-violin.

In the past five years Play-Lead concerts have become the new focus in Blachers artistic activities; as a leader both as a soloist and from the concertmasters chair he worked regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Bern and the Orchestra of the ”Komische Oper” in Berlin. This new form of performance practice, increasing sought after, leads him all over the world, from St. Antonio to Kuala Lumpur to Paris.

Additional upcoming highlights in the 16/17 season include projects with Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, St Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and tours with Wrttembergisches Chamber Orchestra (their CD with the recording of Bernsteins Serenade will be released in 2017).

Blacher has recorded highly acclaimed CDs (e.g. Diapason dOr) in collaboration with Claudio Abbado, with whom he has maintained close ties since their time at the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. His CD with Schnbergss Violin Concerto (with Markus Stenz and Grzenich-Orchester Kln) was released in Autumn 2013.

Kolja Blacher was a professor at the Hochschule fr Musik und Theater in Hamburg before returning to his hometown of Berlin, where he teaches at the Hochschule fr Musik ”Hanns Eisler.” A born and bred Berliner his father was the Baltic-German composer Boris Blacher Kolja Blacher lives with his family in Berlin.

He plays a 1730 Tritton Stradivari, generously on loan from Ms Kimiko Powers.