Julia Fischer is a versatile musician known for her extraordinary talent as a concert pianist, chamber musician, and violin teacher, as well as violinist. Ms. Fischer received her first violin and piano lessons at a very young age, and at age nine began studying with renowned violin professor Ana Chumachenco, later becoming her successor. Since winning first prize at the 1995 international Yehudi Menuhin Competition she has performed with top orchestras and conductors worldwide.
Recent highlights include concerts with the Bavarian State Orchestra under Kirill Petrenko at Hamberg’s Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall, and a residency with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra led by Philippe Jordan. This season, Ms. Fischer appears with the London Philharmonic and Berlin Radio Symphony with Vladimir Jurowski, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic with Jordan, Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti, Orchestre national de France with Emmanuel Krivine, and Bamberg Symphony with Jakub Hrůša. She also tours Europe with The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.
In 2011 Ms. Fischer founded her own quartet with Alexander Sitkovetsky, Nils Mönkemeyer, and Benjamin Nyffenegger. She made her debut as a concert pianist at the Alte Oper Frankfurt in 2010, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in the same evening.
She has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings, first on the Pentatone label and later with Decca. Breaking new ground in the classical music market, she has launched her own music platform, the JF CLUB, offering exclusive audio and video footage, previews of her new recordings, and personal insight into music and her work. Her numerous awards include the Federal Cross of Merit, Gramophone Award, and German Culture Prize. She plays violins by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1742) and Philipp Augustin (2018).