"Vadim Repin is simply the best and most perfect violinist I have ever had the chance to hear."
Vadim Repin was born 1971 in Novosibirsk. He took the violin into his hands for the first time at the age of five and appeared on stage half a year later. His mentor was Zakhar Bron under whose guidance Vadim went on to win the Gold Medal at the International Wieniawski Competition (1982), followed by concert debuts in Moscow and Leningrad. With 14, he played in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin and Helsinki, and a year later he gave his debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 1989 Vadim attracted a large amount of international attention when he became the youngest ever winner of the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels. 20 years later, he became chairman of this competition’s jury.
Vadim Repin performed concertos and chamber music at the world’s leading concert venues. His partners included Marta Argerich, Cecilia Bartoli, Mikhail Pletnev, Evgeny Kissin, Mischa Maisky, Lang Lang and Itamar Golan. He played with orchestras such as the symphony orchestras of the Bavarian Radio and the Bavarian State Opera, the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Radio France, Munich, Rotterdam, Israel, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Hong Kong, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of London, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Montreal, Cleveland, the Orchestra filarmonica della Scala, Milan, the Orchestre de Paris, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, and many others. On these occasions, he worked with famous conductors such as V. Ashkenazy, P. Boulez, S. Bychkov, D. Gatti, Ch. Dutoit, A. Kats, J. Conlon, J. Levine, K. Masur, Z. Mehta, Y. Menuhin, R. Muti, K. Nagano, S. Rattle, E. Salonen, M. Rostropovich, M. Chung, R. Chailly, V. and D. Jurowski, M. Jansons, N. and P. Järvi, amongst others. He was entrusted with first performances of works by J. Adams, S. Gubaidulina, J. MacMillan, B. Yusupov and L. Auerbach.
Many of his more than 30 CDs won awards such as the ECHO Klassik, the Diapason d’Or, Prix Caecilia and Edison Award, whereas the recording of the programme Carte blanche with Roby Lakatos at the Louvre was chosen the best chamber music live recording.
In April 2014 Vadim Repin as Artistic Director presented the first Trans-Siberian Festival of the Arts in his native city of Novosibirsk. The festival was enthusiastically received and became annual since, with some concert programs on other countries, as Israel, Japan etc.
Vadim Repin is a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur and a winner of the prestigious French Victoire de la Musique.