Winner of the 1998 International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, Ilya Gringolts was also awarded two special prizes for the youngest ever competitor to be placed in the final and the best interpreter of Paganini’s Caprices. Ilya studied violin and composition at the St Petersburg Special Music School with Tatiana Liberova and Jeanna Metallidi and at the Juilliard School with Itzhak Perlman and the late Dorothy Delay. He was also one of twelve young artists selected by the BBC for their New Generation Artists Scheme.
Ilya’s recent and future orchestral highlights include the Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Abbado; a tour of Germany and Spain with NDR Hannover; a tour of Japan with the NHK Orchestra; Hallé and National Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin/Norrington, BBC Scottish Symphony, Boston Haydn & Handel Society, Royal Scottish National and Basel Symphony Orchestras, Orquesta de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya, and a tour of Scotland with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Ilya has undertaken extensive tours of Asia, Australasia and China – in 2009 he performed with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and toured South Africa with Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and China with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared in Colombia with the Bogota Philharmonic.
In recital, Ilya recently presented the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas at the Verbier Festival and in June 2008, he gave the world premiere of a new Violin Sonata by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis at the St Magnus and Cheltenham Festivals. Recent and future recitals and festival appearances include Lucerne, Kuhmo, Risor, Zermatt and Verbier Festivals, BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Basel AMG Solistenabende, Festival Printemps des Arts Monte Carlo, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Colmar Festival, Milan Serate, and the Enescu Festival, Bucharest. As a chamber musician Ilya’s regular chamber music partners include Yuri Bashmet, Lynn Harrell, Diemut Poppen, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Itamar Golan and many others; he is also a recent founder of the Gringolts String Quartet.
In 2007 Ilya recorded the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Claudio Abbado for Deutsche Grammophon and he won a Gramophone Award for his Taneyev Chamber Music CD with Pletnev, Repin, Imai and Harrell. He had previously recorded three discs for DG (Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 and Sibelius Humoresques/Violin Concerto, a disc of solo Bach and the Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich first Concertos) which received outstanding reviews. Ilya’s recording of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst for Hyperion which includes the Six Etudes, Erlkoenig, Otello Fantasy and Elegy featured in Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, and his latest Hyperion release of the Taneyev and Arensky Violin Concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Volkov was met with enthusiasm. His upcoming release is Schumann complete violin/piano sonatas with Peter Laul for Onyx.
Ilya has a continued commitment to music education and has recently been appointed International Fellow in Violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.