"One of the most inspirational violinists today"
-The Financial Times
Winner of the 1998 International Violin Competition "Premio Paganini", Ilya Gringolts was also awarded two special prizes for the youngest ever competitor to be placed in the final and the best interpreter of Paganini's Caprices. Ilya studied violin and composition in Saint Petersburg with Tatiana Liberova and Jeanna Metallidi and at the Juilliard School with Itzhak Perlman. He was also one of twelve young artists selected by the BBC for their New Generation Artists Scheme.
Ilya's recent and future orchestral highlights include the Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Abbado, a tour of Germany and Spain with NDR Orchester Hannover, a tour of Japan with the NHK Orchestra, Halle, Liverpool and Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin/Norrington, BBC Scottish Symphony, Sao Paulo Orchestra/de Burgos, Israel Philharmonic, Boston Haydn & Handel Society, Royal Scottish National and Basel Symphony Orchestras, Orquesta de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya. Ilya has undertaken extensive tours of Asia, Australasia and China - in 2009 he performed with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and toured South Africa with Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and China with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
In recital, Ilya recently presented the complete cycle of Bach sonatas with Masaaki Suzuki at the Verbier Festival. Recent and future recitals and festival appearances include Lucerne, Kuhmo, Risor, Zermatt and Verbier Festivals, BBC Proms, the Wigmore Hall, Basel AMG Solistenabende, Festival Printemps des Arts Monte Carlo, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Colmar Festival, Milan Serate Musicali, and the Enescu Festival, Bucharest. As a chamber musician Ilya's regular chamber music partners include Yuri Bashmet, Lynn Harrell, Diemut Poppen, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Itamar Golan and many others; he is also a recent founder of the Gringolts String Quartet.
Ilya won a Gramophone Award for his Taneyev Chamber Music CD with Pletnev, Repin, Imai and Harrell. He had previously recorded three discs for DG (Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 and Sibelius Humoresques/Violin Concerto, a disc of solo Bach and the Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich first Concertos) which received outstanding reviews. Ilya's recording of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst for Hyperion which includes the six Etudes, Erlkoenig, Otello Fantasy and Elegy featured in Gramophone's Editor's choice, and his Hyperion release of the Taneyev and Arensky Violin Concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Volkov was met with enthusiasm. His 2010 release of Schumann complete violin/piano sonatas with Peter Laul for Onyx was highly praised.
Ilya has a continued commitment to period instrument performance as well as music education - he has recently been appointed Professor of violin at the Basel Hochschule. He is also acting as International Feelow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.