Born in Moldavia, Patricia Kopatchinskaja studied composition and violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. When Kopatchinskaja was named Instrumentalist of the Year in 2014, the Royal Philharmonic Society praised her as ‘an irresistible force of nature: passionate, challenging and with an original approach.’
An intense and versatile violinist, Kopatchinskaja has had an international career as a concert artist for many years. She recently completed residencies at the Lucerne Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London and Kissinger Sommer. She has toured Europe with conductor Gustavo Gimeno and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Musica Aeterna, both led by Teodor Currentzis.
Kopatchinskaja has performed Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with various orchestras, as well as Peter Eötvös’s violin concerto DoReMi with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the composer himself. The latest addition to her discography, Death and the Maiden with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, has garnered high praise. Kopatchinskaja is also an avid chamber musician, regularly collaborating with Fazil Say, Sol Gabetta, Polina Leschenko and Markus Hinterhäuser.
She will be making her first guest appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2018–19 season.