Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Vadim Repin Makes Toronto Recital Debut March 6th 2015



The International Press calls him “A Russian Paganini”.  “A violinist of the highest caliber, whose musical sensitivity matches his immaculate technique,” raved the Seattle Times.  To the late, legendary Yehudi Menuhin, Vadim Repin was “simply the best and most perfect violinist”.

Show One Productions proudly presents the Toronto recital debut of world renowned violinist Vadim Repin, Friday, March 6, 2015, 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West.  Information is at

Tickets, $65-125, may be purchased by calling 416-408-0208 or visiting (or directly at

Celebrated for his collaborations with the world’s leading recitalists, conductors and orchestras, in live performance and on recordings, Repin will display his captivating brilliance in a program of masterworks from the 19th and 20thcenturies.  Pianist Svetlana Smolina, hailed as “an outstanding Russian pianist with a luxuriant tone,” joins Repin in works by Bartok, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

Fiery passion with impeccable technique, poetry and sensitivity are trademarks of Vadim Repin.  The Siberian born pianist rose to international attention when at 11, he won the gold medal in all age categories of Poland’s Wieniawski Competition and gave his recital debuts in Moscow and St. Petersburg.  In 1985, at 14, he debuted in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin and Helsinki; and a year later at Carnegie Hall.  In 1987, he became the youngest ever winner of the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition.   Now in his 40s, he performs and tours with the world’s greatest orchestras, working with leading conductors from Ashkenazy to Zinman, and is a frequent guest at such major festivals as the Verbier, Tanglewood and Japan's Pacific Music Festival.  He regularly collaborates in recital with pianists Nikolai Lugansky and Itamar Golan, and has also partnered with pianists Martha Argerich and Evgeny Kissin, and cellist Mischa Maisky.  He premiered James MacMillan’s violin concerto to great acclaim in England, Europe and the U.S.  Hi numerous recordings, now on Deutsche Grammophon, have won praise and prizes: Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff trios with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang capturing the Echo Classic; and works by Grieg, Janacek and César Franck with Nikolai Lugansky, the 2011 BBC Music and the Edison Awards.  He is the subject of Claudia Willke’s hour long documentary film, Vadim Repin - A Magician of Sound.

In March 2014, as artistic director, Vadim Repin launched the first Trans-Siberian Festival of the Arts in his native Novosibirsk.  He also holds two French honours – the Victoire d’Honneur, for his lifetime dedication to music, and the title Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.  Repin lives in Vienna and plays on the 1736 “Lafont” violin by Guarneri del Gesù.     


Born in Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky), Russia, pianist Svetlana Smolina has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide, in great halls and at major festivals.  Among her recordings are a Deutsche Grammophon recital with Vadim Repin; a solo Chopin album for the Chopin iTunes Project; and Valery Gergiev’s Decca/Phillips and Mariinsky Label recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, which received the ICMA award for Best Choral Work in 2011. 

Holding a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, Smolina is on the piano faculty at the Philadelphia International Summer Festival, and artist in residence at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance. 

Violinist Vadim Repin in his Toronto recital debut
With Svetlana Smolina, piano
Friday, March 6, 2015, 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall
Bartok:  Violin Rhapsody No. 1Debussy:  Violin SonataRavel: TziganeStravinsky: Divertimento Tchaikovsky: Meditation and Scherzo

1 comment:

  1. Watched Repin on YouTube, playing Paganini and the Beethoven concerto...blew me away!