The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts convinces with highly virtuosic playing and subtle interpretations. As a sought-after soloist, he dedicates himself not only to the large orchestral repertoire but also to contemporary and rarely performed works. He has premiered compositions by Peter Maxwell Davies, Christophe Bertrand, Bernhard Lang, Beat Furrer and Michael Jarrell. In addition, his artistic interest is in historical performance practice; virtuoso repertoire by Paganini, Locatelli or Leclair adorn his concert programmes. In 2022, he premiered his arrangement of Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations”. Ilya Gringolts has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. This is his first time as a guest with the RSB.
Play Conduct projects have recently brought him together with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Bern and the Ensemble Resonanz. For his recording of Locatelli’s L’Arte del violino, which won the “Diapason d’Or” and “Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award”, he also conducted the Finnish Baroque Orchestra from the podium. As a chamber musician, he works with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Itamar Golan, Peter Laul, Nicolas Altstaedt, Andreas Ottensamer and Jörg Widmann and is also primarius of the Gringolts Quartet, founded in 2008, which has since enjoyed success with performances at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Lucerne Festival and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, among others. In summer 2020, Ilya Gringolts founded the “I&I Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Music” together with Ilan Volkov, which awards commissions to young composers. A first series of short solo works was already created in 2021/2022.