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)
Arabella Steinbacher is celebrated as one of today’s leading violinists, since she gave her outstanding debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner in Paris in 2004.
Known for her extraordinary varied repertoire, Arabella Steinbacher plays in addition to all major classical and romantic violin concertos also those of Bartók, Berg, Glazunov, Katchaturian, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Schnittke. Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Hartmann and Sofia Gubaidulinas Offertorium to name a few.
In Germany, Arabella Steinbacher frequently plays with all major orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the NDR Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as the late Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Thomas Hengelbrock.
Internationally, Arabella Steinbacher appears with New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony, Orchestra National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Her debuts at the Salzburger Festspiele, at the “Proms” in London at Royal Albert Hall and at the New York Carnegie Hall have been praised by international press.
In the season 2016/17 Arabella Steinbacher appeares as Principal Guest Artist in the concert series of the Frankfurter Museums-Gesellschaft and plays with the Frankfurter Museumsorchester under Hartmut Haenchen. Highlights of the season include her first tour with the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko throughout Europe, performances of Hindemith’s violin concerto with the San Francisco Symphony under Marek Janowski, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi as well as the RSB Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski among others. She also appeares in recitals with her longtime duo-partners Robert Kulek and Peter von Wienhardt.
As CARE ambassador Arabella Steinbacher continually supports people in need. In December 2011 she toured though Japan commemorating the tsunami catastrophe of the same year. The DVD ‘Arabella Steinbacher – Music of Hope’ with her recordings of this tour was later released by the label Nightberry.
On her new album ‘Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams’ Arabella Steinbacher revisits an earlier musical era, in which playing famous virtuosic pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pablo de Sarasate, Jules Massenet and Franz Waxman was very common. The Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under the baton of Lawrence Foster is accompanying her on the 2016 release by Pentatone Classics. Earlier recordings include a Mozart album with the Festival Strings Lucerne, an album with sonatas by Richard Strauss and Cesar Franck with pianist Robert Kulek and her last recording by Pentatone Classics in collaboration with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Charles Dutoit with violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Among many international and national music prizes and nominations, she was awarded with the ECHO Klassik twice. Arabella Steinbacher has been recording exclusively for Pentatone Classics since 2009.
Born into a family of musicians, Arabella Steinbacher plays 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.
Arabella 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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