The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts wins over audiences with his extremely virtuosic playing and sensitive interpretations and is always seeking out new musical challenges. As a sought-after soloist, he devotes himself to the great orchestral repertoire as well as to contemporary and seldom-played works. He has premiered compositions by Peter Maxwell Davies, Augusta Read Thomas, Christophe Bertrand, Albert Schnelzer, and Michael Jarrell. This season he will add a new work by Bernhard Lang to this list. He is also interested in historical performance practices and collaborates regularly with ensembles such as the Finnish Baroque Orchestra and Arcangelo.
Ilya Gringolts has performed with leading orchestras around the world such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and both orchestras of the SWR (Southwest German Radio). Recent highlights include projects with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Singaporean Symphony Orchestra, and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
He kicked off the 2019/20 season at the Enescu Festival with a performance of Michael Jarrell’s Violin Concerto. This is followed by further invitations to play with internationally renowned ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Toscana, and NRK Norwegian Radio Orchestra. In spring 2020, Ilya Gringolts is artist in residence at the Badenweiler Musiktage, where in addition to his own Gringolts Quartet Meta4 and Kristian Bezuidenhout will guest.