|"Vesna Gruppman's playing, a legacy of Oistrakh and Kogan themselves." (Los Angeles Times)|
Critically acclaimed for “impeccable taste… and a beautiful singing tone” Vesna Gruppman is equally successful as a violin and viola soloist.
Winning First Prizes at the J. Kocian International Violin Competition and becoming the first artist to win National Violin Competition in her native Yugoslavia in six consecutive years, Vesna started her solo careered as a teenager. By age 16 she had performed as soloist with such ensembles as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonic orchestras. She had regularly appeared on the radio and TV programs throughout Europe.
Vesna Gruppman graduated from the Moscow Central Special Music School and received her Doctorate in performance and pedagogy from the Moscow Conservatory where she was privileged to study with legendary violinists David Oistrakh, Yuri Jankelevich and Igor Bezrodny.
Today Vesna continues her active career as soloist and chamber musician. Most recently she appeared with the Edmonton Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Ukraine Philharmonic and London’s Beethoven Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital she appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall and St.John’s Smith Square, Kiev’s Philharmonic Hall and Mozart Hall in Prague.
Ms.Gruppman’s solo and chamber music recordings won high praises from such inter- national publications as Gramophone Magazine, Amarican Record Guide, Classical Disc Digest, and The Strad. Her recording of the Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra by Malcolm Arnold (together with her violinist husband Igor Gruppman) on Koch International won a Grammy Award.
Classical Disc Digest's article describing Vesna Gruppman’s viola performance and recording of the recreated original version of Brahms’ F Minor Quintet with principal players of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields notes: “Vesna’s electrifyingly intense, ripe-toned viola playing has infused itself into the hearts and minds of British contingent who responded by playing as if their very lives depended on it”.
The performance of Mozart's Sinfonia concertante by Vesna and the legendary Ida Haendel was broadcast numerous times on the US national cable network.
The 2009 season marked the release of Video Artists International’s DVD featuring Vesna as a soloist and chamber musician.
In 2010 the Netherlands Performing Art Foundation awarded a commission to Vesna and Igor Gruppman and composer Paul van Bruge for the concerto for Violin,Viola and Orchestra. The critically acclaimed world premier of the concerto took place in March of 2011 with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The 2012–2013 season will feature recital and chamber music tours of Asia and the United States and the new DVD release for Video Artists International.
Vesna is also a successful teacher and is the Head of
the Gruppman International Violin Institute and a Professor of Violin
and Viola at the Rotterdam Conservatory.. In 2002 American String
Teachers Association State Division has honored Vesna Gruppman with
the “College Teacher of the Year” Award.
Contact: Erica Shupp