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Igor Gruppman


"Tenderly expressive playing gloriously rich and true of tone in every register with playing full of fantasy." (Gramophone)<






Igor Gruppman is one of those special artists whose career successfully spans a number of artistic fields. Critically acclaimed for a rich and beautiful tone, elegant phrasing, drive, passion and virtuosity, Mr. Gruppman enjoys an exciting career as conductor, violin soloist, orchestra leader and chamber musician.

As the Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and a frequent guest leader of orchestras such as the London Symphony, London’s Royal Philharmonic, and St. Martin in the Fields, Mr. Gruppman has collaborated with and was influenced by some of the most esteemed conductors of his generation including Solti, Gergiev, Rostropovich, Colin Davis, Rattle and Haitink. In March of 2007 Mr. Gruppman received glowing reviews for his performances of the Double Concerto by Brahms under the baton of Valery Gergiev and the Second Violin Concerto by Prokofiev under the baton of Yannick Nezet Sequen, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Besides serving as concertmaster and soloist, Igor. Gruppman frequently conducts the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2006/07 season included his conducting debut with the orchestra in special Easter performances of The Last Seven Words by Hadyn and Gubaidulina in the Rotterdam Cathedral (a program that will be repeated at the 2011 Gergiev Festival). He also appeared in a critically acclaimed all-Mozart program at De Doelen Great Hall in Rotterdam where in addition to conducting, Mr. Gruppman gave the Netherlands premiere of Mozart’s recently reconstructed Concerto for Violin and Piano (Op. 315F) with pianist Ronald Brautigam. He since has been asked by the orchestra to conduct his own series of concerts, and was/will be the conductor of the orchestra’s 2010 and 2011 proms series.

Mr. Gruppman made his conducting debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra during the 2008 Easter Festival in Moscow and now regularly appears with the orchestra. After several successful appearances with the newly formed Mariinsky Stradivari Orchestra, he was invited by Valery Gergiev in May 2009 to conduct the orchestra on a regular basis, appearing at among others in the Mikkeli Festival in July 2010, and on an upcoming tour of Asia. In January of 2010, Mr. Gruppman was honored as the Artist-of-the-Month by the Mariinsky.

In the United States Mr. Gruppman holds the post of Principal Conductor of the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. These concerts are now regularly broadcast on cable television in the U.S. and abroad. In recent seasons some of the world’s great artists have appeared with this orchestra, including Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel and Ida Haendel. Recently, he and his wife, violinist/violist Vesna Stefanovic Gruppman, premiered Paul van Brugge’s Double Concerto for Violin and Viola with the orchestra, commissioned by the Dutch Performing Arts Foundation. In 2011 Igor and Vesna will again present a piece by Paul van Brugge, this time a work especially commissioned for them by the Gergiev Festival of Rotterdam. It will be unique in that it asks of both artists to improvise, and in that it also will use Vesna’s voice.

In Asia Igor Gruppman has appeared as conductor with the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Seoul Philharmonic (in an all Tchaikovsky program).

Igor Gruppman's violin solo recordings have met with enthusiastic reception by the international press: Berlioz' Reverie and Caprice (Naxos); Respighi’s Poema Autunnale (Koch);Miklos Rosza’s Sinfonia Concertante and the violin Concerto (Koch) ,which marks the first release of the concerto since the recording by Heifetz for whom this piece was written. Arnold's Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra won its producer Michael Fine a Grammy in 1994. The long-awaited reconstructed original string version of the Brahms’ F Minor Quintet recorded with the members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was released in 2008. More recently Video Artist International released a series of DVDs featuring Mr. Gruppman as conductor, violin soloist and chamber musician in partnership with a variety of artists including Vesna.

Igor Gruppman is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Leonid Kogan and Mstislav Rostropovich, followed by studies with Jasha Heifetz in Los Angeles, and nowis on the faculty of the Rotterdam Conservatory. Igor and Vesna Gruppman co-founded the Gruppman International Violin Institute in 2002 to select, train and develop careers of exceptionally gifted violinists around the world, using the latest videoconferencing technology.

In 2010 the Erasmus Foundation generously presented Mr. Gruppman with the special violin by Antonio Stradivari.








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