Maria Bachmann
Violinist


A violinist who combines outstanding musicianship with dazzling technical command, a tone of exceptional purity, and a magnetic stage presence, Maria Bachmann has been the subject of critical accolades worldwide from the very beginning of her career. The New York Times has hailed her as “a violinist of soul and patrician refinement,” and The Boston Globe has similarly praised Ms. Bachmann as being “astonishing in every musical and technical regard.” She has had the rare distinction of being profiled by such journals as Mirabella, Fanfare and CD Review. Maria Bachmann has forged a unique profile as a soloist, violinist of Trio Solisti, recording artist, eminent proponent of new music, and Artistic Director of Telluride MusicFest in Colorado.

Among Ms. Bachmann’s numerous competition victories are First Prizes at the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York and the Pro Musicis Foundation Award. These distinctions were followed by acclaimed debuts with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center with Robert Spano, the St. Louis Symphony under Leonard Slatkin,and with Marin Alsop conducting the Pacific Symphony in Los Angeles.

As a guest soloist abroad, Ms. Bachmann performed Philip Glass's Double Concerto with The Orchestra of The Hague in The Netherlands in 2010, and has been heard with the Taipei Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, MAV Symphony in Budapest, the Brabants Orchestra of the Netherlands, and with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra on tour in Japan. She has given world premieres of Violin Concertos by Paul Moravec (2011) and Jay Reise, both at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with Orchestra 2001. Other recent concerto appearances include John Corigliano's Red Violin with the Tacoma Symphony and at Chicago's Millenium Park, Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Wisconsin Symphony and conductor Alexander Platt, and the Barber Violin Concerto at the Peninsula Festival with Maestro Victor Yampolsky.

Of Hungarian descent, Ms. Bachmann is noted for her performance of Bela Bartok, and was invited by the Library of Congress to recreate the legendary Szigeti/Bartok recital of 1940 in a nationally broadcast performance there. She has performed recitals in Tokyo, London, Paris, Shanghai, Taipei, Vienna, Budapest, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, New York's Town Hall, Merkin Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Boston's Jordan Hall.

Among Maria's latest CD releases are Trio Solisti's Ravel & Chausson Piano Trios on Bridge, and French Piano Quartets with pianist Adam Neiman, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Edward Arron on the Aeolian Classics label. In 2016, CD releases include her recording of Paul Moravec's Violin Concerto with Rossen Milanov conducting Symphony in C for NAXOS, and Trio Solisti's Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov Piano Trios. Ms. Bachmann is a featured performer and Music Consultant on the 2012 documentary film Orchestra of Exiles, a film by Academy Award nominated director Josh Aronson about Bronislav Huberman and the founding of the Israel Philharmonic.

Ms. Bachmann's discography includes French Fantasy (2012), a disc of French Sonatas with pianist Adam Neiman, Beethoven and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Libor Pesek on Sony Masterworks, Glass Heart (world premiere recording of Philip Glass's 2008 Sonata for violin and piano written for Bachmann), The Red Violin (BBC Music Magazine's "North American CD of the Month"), Fratres, Kiss On Wood, Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra by Ian Krouse, Beethoven's "Kreutzer" and George Rochberg's Sonatas, Lou Harrision's Suite for Violin and String Orchestra and Concerto in Slendro.

An eminent proponent of new music, Ms. Bachmann has premiered new works of Philip Glass, Lowell Liebermann, Kevin Puts, George Rochberg, Leon Kirchner, James MacMillan, Sebastian Currier, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Paul Moravec. Moravec has written a total of fourteen works for Ms. Bachmann ranging from violin concerto to works for violin and piano, and other chamber forms. Moravec’s 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Tempest Fantasy, was written for her ensemble, Trio Solisti.

Maria Bachmann is the founding violinist of Trio Solisti, with whom she has performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Town Hall in New York City, and toured across America, Canada and Italy. Her recordings with Trio Solisti include their own arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Brahms Trios, Tempest Fantasy, Dvorak Piano Trios and Cafe Music on Bridge Records. www.triosolisti.com

Ms. Bachmann is the Artistic Director of Telluride MusicFest in Colorado, an annual festival presenting its' 13th year of programs in 2015. Composers-in-Residence have been Philip Glass in 2009 and Paul Moravec in 2005. Her performances at festivals include Ottawa's International Music Festival, Philip Glass's Days and Nights Festival in Carmel, CA, The Moab Festival in Utah, The Caramoor, Maverick and Skaneateles Festivals in New York, Bravo! Festival in CO, The Laguna Beach Festival in CA, The Amelia Island Festival in FL, and The Cape Cod Festival in MA.

Maria Bachmann studied at The Curtis Institute of Music with Ivan Galamian and Szymon Goldberg, and was awarded Curtis's Fritz Kreisler Prize for outstanding graduating violinist.
She coached chamber music with Joseph Gingold, Felix Galimir, and Mischa Schneider.
Ms. Bachmann performs on a 1782 violin by Nicolo Gagliano. www.mariabachmann.com


Maria Bachmann - Short Biography


A violinist who combines outstanding musicianship with dazzling technical command, a tone of exceptional purity, and a magnetic stage presence, Maria Bachmann has received critical accolades from the beginning of her career. The New York Times has hailed her as
"a violinist of soul and patrician refinement...warmly lyrical, and unexpectedly sensuous." Ms. Bachmann has forged a unique profile as a soloist, violinist of Trio Solisti, recording artist, eminent proponent of new music, and Artistic Director of Telluride MusicFest in Colorado.

Among Maria's latest CD releases are Trio Solisti's Ravel & Chausson Piano Trios on Bridge, and French Piano Quartets with pianist Adam Neiman, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Edward Arron on the Aeolian Classics label. In 2016, CD releases include her recording of Paul Moravec's Violin Concerto with Rossen Milanov conducting Symphony in C for NAXOS, and Trio Solisti's Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov Piano Trios. Her recordings encompassing works from Beethoven to new music can be found on Sony Masterworks, Sony/RCA Red Seal, Naxos, Endeavour Classics, Orange Mountain Music, and Bridge Records.

Ms. Bachmann has made acclaimed debuts with The National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, The St. Louis Symphony, the Taipai Symphony and Shanghai Symphony, and has worked with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano and Marin Alsop. In 2010, Ms. Bachmann performed Philip Glass's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with the Orchestra of The Hague in The Netherlands, and the World Premiere of Paul Moravec's Violin Concerto at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. She has performed recitals in Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai, Taipei, The Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, New York's Town Hall, Merkin Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Boston's Jordan Hall.

Her competition victories include first prizes at The Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, The Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York and The Pro Musicis Award. Maria Bachmann studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ivan Galamian and Szymon Goldberg, and was awarded the Fritz Kriesler Prize for outstanding graduating violinist. She performs on a 1782 violin by Niccolo Gagliano. www.mariabachmann.com