Alissa Margulis

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The Guardian describes Alissa Margulis’ playing as “exceptional”, Ivry Gitlis praises it as “a revelation” and Martha Argerich calls her a “strong musical personality”.

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 Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Zurich, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Beethovenhalle Bonn, or the Schönberg Hall in Los Angeles. 

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 Camerata Switzerland, Kremerata Baltica, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the SWR, NDR and the WDR Rundfunkorchester, or the Orchestre National de Lorraine among others.

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

She further appeared at Festivals as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, Lockenhaus, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, in Davos, Tours, Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier or the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, among others. Every year since 2005 Alissa Margulis has been invited to perform at Martha Argerich’s “Progetto” in Lugano.

During the 2012/2013 season Alissa Margulis will play concerts at the Philharmonie Essen, in Tokyo or in Guebwiller, appear with the World Youth Orchestra in Rome, Orchestre Philharmonique de Lorraine, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa. Further Alissa Margulis will be touring in Japan with her brother Jury Margulis and in Sweden with the Camerata Nordica in February 2013 as well as give her debut at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest in September. She will perform chambermusic at Lars Vogt’s “Spannungen” Festival in Heimbach as well as appear with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Lugano performing the Violin Concert of Alexander Glazunov under the baton of Alexander Verdernikov, which will be recorded as well for CD (Avanti Classics).

In 2011 two highly praised CD’s were released: for the Oehms Classic label she recorded together with her brother, Jura Margulis, pieces by Franz Liszt for violin and piano. Together with the Camerata Switzerland under the baton of Howard Griffith Alissa Margulis recorded Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 for Novalis.

EMI Classics produced several CDs titled “Martha Argerich and Friends” in which Alissa Margulis appears in live performance.

Alissa Margulis is a title holder of many international competitions (Wieniawski, Vercelli among others) and awards, such as “Pro Europa” from the European Cultural Foundation, which was presented to her by Daniel Barenboim.