Arabella Steinbacher, violin

Arabella Steinbacher, violin

“Balanced lyricism and fire […]. Among her assets are a finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres“

(Allan Kozinn/ New York Times)

Celebrated worldwide as one of today’s leading violinists, Arabella Steinbacher has been praised as the “queen of the evening” for her “brilliant playing”, “extraordinary sound” and “softly blossoming tone”.

Highlights of the 19-20 season, include concerts with Camerata Salzburg and a tour with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Arabella Steinbacher will also return to Washington DC with the National Symphony Orchestra and perform with Dresden Philharmonic at Festival Bad Kissingen, both with conductor Marek Janowski.

She will additionally tour her Vivaldi / Piazzolla project in Europe and play at the AIDS Gala in Munich. In Paris she is going to perform a program of Bach and Pärt with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Steinbacher frequently appears with world-class orchestras around the globe including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. She has made acclaimed performances with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Sao Paulo Symphony, Orchestra National de France, Vienna Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Thomas Hengelbrock.

Her most recent recording features the music of Richard Strauss including the Violin Concerto and transcriptions of lieder with conductor Lawrence Foster and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Arabella Steinbacherhas been recording exclusively for Pentatone Classics since 2009. Among many international and national music prizes and nominations, she has been twice awarded the ECHO Klassik.

As CARE ambassador, Steinbacher is driven to use music as a means to uplift and support those in need. She launched a December 2011 Japan tour in response to the tsunami disaster earlier that year. The DVD release “Arabella Steinbacher – Music of Hope” featured her outreach, and youth recitals from this tour and was released shortly after.

Born into a family of musicians, Steinbacher has played the violin since the age of three and studied with Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music since the age of nine. A source of musical inspiration and guidance of hers is Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis.

Steinbacher currently plays the 1716 „Booth“ Stradivari, generously loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.


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

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June 2019