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Lea Birringer

Lea Birringer
Violin

"A new music star is on the rise"

Die Rheinpfalz, December 2013

"She knows what she wants to convey..."

DrehPunktKultur, August 2012

Glazunov Violin Concerto

Lea Birringer was only fourteen when she made her debut as soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker under Pavel Baleff. Since then, she has been invited to international festivals, like the Salzburger Festspiele, Sommerfestival AlpenKlassik or the Oleg Kagan Musikfest. In recent seasons, Lea Birringer has performed in venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Musikverein Vienna, Louvre Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence and the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Her recent engagements include concerts with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma in collaboration with Fabio Mechetti, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz under Gunter Kahlert, the former Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken under Johannes Debus, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under Jean-Michaël Lavoie, Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt and Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss/Rhein.

Highlights of the upcoming season will be her debuts at the Weilburg Schlossfestival with her sister Esther where they appear with the Dresdner Kapellsolisten under Helmut Branny in Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Piano and Violin; her debut with the Orchestra Bremerhaven and the Homburg Symphony Orchestra as well as with her sister at the MDR radio Musiksommer, the NDR radio, Munich's Kulturkreis Gasteig and the Festival Lago Maggiore Musica, Italy. Lea will perform her US debut (December 2014) at the Crescendo Winter Music Festival in Florida where she will appear as chamber musician in a program comprising works of Borodin, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. During the festival, she will also hold master classes with the festival’s participating musicians.

Lea Birringer is prizewinner at the international violin competitions Kloster Schöntal, Premio Rodolfo Lipizer, Louis Spohr and Abram Yampolski. In 2008 she was the top winner of the international competition Johannes Brahms. For those extraordinary accomplishments, she was honored by her hometown Saarbrücken with the Cultural Award for young artists.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Lea Birringer collaborated with artists like Pavel Vernikov, Gustav Rivinius, Atar Arad, Barbara Bonney, Eszter Haffner, Wen-Sinn Yang and Igor Levit.

In 2011, Lea Birringer had a big chamber music breakthrough in collaboration with her sister and permanent Duo partner Esther (Piano). The siblings caused a furor by winning two prestigious international chamber music competitions consecutively, Premio Vittorio Gui and Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera Città di Pinerolo. Since then the Duo has received numerous invitations from chamber music festivals and concert series, and has impressed audiences with their stylistic and original interpretations of works from both the standard and modern repertoire.

Lea and Esther Birringer’s debut CD has recently been released including works by Szymanowski, Hindemith, and Respighi. Critics were fascinated by the extravagant as well as captivating programme and the CD has been awarded with excellent reviews.

Lea Birringer started playing the violin at the age of three. While still in school, she was admitted into the Leopold-Mozart-Institute for Encouraging Highly Talented Students in Salzburg. After her A-levels, she obtained her bachelor degree at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg under Igor Ozim, followed by her masters with Pavel Vernikov at the Conservatory in Vienna. She graduated both universities with honors.

From 2012 to 2013 Lea was teaching as assistant of Pavel Vernikov at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, Site de Sion. She is now guest teacher at the Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni in Italy and gives masterclasses at the Associazione Culturale Alirio Diaz.

Lea Birringer plays an instrument by Gianbattista Ceruti, Cremona ca. 1800, on loan from the German Musical Instruments Fund.