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Arabella Steinbacher

About this Artist

Outstanding, internationally honored violinist Arabella Steinbacher is known as one of today's leading violinists since back in 2004 when giving her extraordinary debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner in Paris.

Defined by a diverse repertoire, she plays not only all major classical and romantic violin concertos but also those of Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Katchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke. Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann and Sofia Gubaidulinas Offertorium to name a few.

In Germany Arabella Steinbacher is frequently playing with almost every leading orchestra including the BR Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the NDR Symphony Orchestra. Conductors such as the late Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Thomas Hengelbrock accompany her way.

Arabella Steinbacher appears with the leading international orchestras including New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony, Orchestra National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Her debuts at the Salzburger Festspiele, at the "Proms" in London at Royal Albert Hall and at the New York Carnegie Hall have been praised by international press.

In the season 2015/16 Arabella Steinbacher will continue her collaboration with Festival Strings Lucerne as Principal Guest Artist. Besides touring with them throughout Italy, she is also on tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen throughout Switzerland. She will debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic under Andrew Manze at Hollywood Bowl, play both of Prokofiev's violin concertos with RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marek Janowski and collaborate with WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne at the Dresden Music Festival. Other highlights include performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Fedosejew at Musikverein Vienna, with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt and Lionel Bringuier in Tokyo as well as a concert at Beethovenfest Bonn with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Juraj Valčuha.

As CARE ambassador Arabella Steinbacher continually supports people in need. In December 2011 she toured though Japan commemorating the tsunami catastrophe of the same year. The DVD "Arabella Steinbacher – Music of Hope" with her recordings of this tour was later released.

Arabella Steinbacher's latest album Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky – Violin Concertos with Orchestre Philharmonique de la Suisse Romande and Charles Dutoit was released by the label Pentatone Classics in June 2015. Since starting to record exclusively for Pentatone in 2009, she published a number of albums demonstrating her musical variety. In 2009 her first CD with Dvorák's Violin Concerto in A Minor, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvorák's Romance in F Minor with the RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Marek Janowski was published and won her the second ECHO Klassik Award since 2007. Recordings of both of Bartók's violin concertos with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, also under Marek Janowski, and of the Brahms' violin sonatas, a collaboration with pianist Robert Kulek, followed. In fall 2012 her recording of violin concertos by Prokofiev came out and in April 2013 Arabella Steinbacher released her CD with Bruch's and Korngold's violin concertos as well as 2014 "Sonatas for Violin and Piano by César Franck and Richard Strauss" with Robert Kulek. Her "Mozart Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5" CD with Festival Strings Lucerne was nominated for the Gramophone Award as recording of the year 2014. Arabella Steinbacher's numerous recording honors also include "Les Chocs du Mois" from Le Monde de la Musique and two German Record Critics Awards. In 2015 she was nominated for the prestigious Editors Choice Award from the Gramophone Magazine.

Beginning to study violin at the age of three, Arabella Steinbacher became the youngest violin student of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music with only nine years. A source of musical inspiration and guidance has also been Ivry Gitlis to her.

Arabella Steinbacher is currently playing the "Booth" Stradivari from 1716 generously loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Arabella Steinbacher is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.