Viktoria Mullova Violin, Ukraine
Viktoria Mullova’s family has Ukrainian roots, although she grew up in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, in Soviet Russia. After studies at the Moscow Conservatoire during Leonid Kogan, she won the first prize in 1980 at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982. But she has never forgotten her roots in theUkrainan countryside, as it is reflected in the title, “The Peasant Girl” of a publication from 2011. She defected from the Soviet Union in 1983 under dramatic circumstances after a concert in Finland.
Viktoria Mullovas debut release of Tchaikovsky and Jean Sibelius’ violin concertos were awarded the “Grand Prix du Disque”. In the mid 1990s she formed “Mullova Chamber Ensemble”. Her recordings of the Brahms B-major Trio (no. 1) and Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio with André Previn and Heinrich Schiff were released in 1995 and received the prestigious “Diapason d’Or”. Mullovas international career as a soloist includes performances with leading orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia, Berlin Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as soloist and director with “Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment” in London.
Viktoria Mullovas collection of instruments includes a Stradivarius 1723 (Jules Falk) and Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from the 1750s