Yossif Ivanov

Yossif Ivanov, Bruch Violin Concerto
Acclaimed as "a player of impressive authority and presence" (The Strad), Yossif Ivanov has quickly established himself after winning major prizes at top competitions at a very young age: First Prize at the Montreal International Competition aged 16, and Second Prize, as well as the Public Prize, two years later at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Brussels.

During the 2014/2015 season Yossif Ivanov made acclaimed debuts with immediate re-invitations, including with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky), Japan Century Symphony Orchestra (Shostakovich), Orchestre Symphonique de l'Opéra de Toulon (Bruch) and Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra. 2015/2016 will include performances with the Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and Academy of Taiwan Strings, as well as appearances at the Eilat Chamber Music Festival, Israel; Ravinia Festival and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

This success follows acclaimed appearances with orchestras such as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, London Philharmonic Orchestra (tours in the UK and USA), Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Kremerata Baltica, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonica della RAI Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Filarmonica A. Toscanini, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Chambre de Paris, Brno Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Malaysian Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductors including Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Kazushi Ono, Hans Graf, Gerard Schwarz, Walter Weller, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap Van Zweden, Jesús López-Cobos, Ion Marin, Yuri Simonov, Louis Langrée and John Axelrod.

As a recitalist, Yossif Ivanov has performed at the Mozarteum Salzburg, Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenfest Bonn, Menton, Marseille, Rencontres Musicales d'Evian and Montpellier Festivals (France), the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti Roma, Teatro Carlo Fenice Genova, Ravenna Musica, Ferrara Musica, Tokyo's Kichijoji Theatre, Carnegie Hall and the Ladies' Morning Musical Club in Montréal. As well as his regular recital partners Itamar Golan and Julien Quentin, Yossif has collaborated with pianists such as Javier Perianes, Ingrid Fliter, Frank Braley, David Kadouch and Plamena Mangova. With fellow Belgian violinists Lorenzo Gatto and Hrachya Avanesyan, Yossif formed the ensemble Trilogy, presenting classical masterworks alongside film music and jazz standards across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Yossif Ivanov's recording catalogue boasts high critical acclaim, including a Diapason d'Or de l'Année for his collection of Belgian sonatas (Franck, D'Haene and Ysaÿe) on the Ambroisie/Naïve label, for which he recorded two further discs with orchestra: Bartók, Chostakovich and Dutilleux/D'Haene, which were both very well received. His next recording will present the complete works of Prokofiev for violin and piano with David Kadouch.

Yossif studied the violin with Zakhar Bron, Igor & Valery Oistrakh and Augustin Dumay. Since 2008, he has taught violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the youngest person to ever do so.

Yossif Ivanov plays on the 1699 "Lady Tennant" Stradivarius, kindly lent by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.

July 2015