Vadim Viktorovich Repin (Russian: Вадим Викторович Репин, [vɐˈdʲim ˈvʲiktərəvʲɪtɕ ˈrʲepʲɪn];[1] born 31 August 1971) is a Russian and Belgian violinist who lives in Vienna.[2]

Vadim Repin
Vadim Repin in 2011
Vadim Viktorovich Repin

(1971-08-31) 31 August 1971 (age 52)
EducationStudied with Zakhar Bron
OccupationClassical violinist
Years active1982–present

After hearing one of Repin's performances, violinist Yehudi Menuhin said: "Vadim Repin is simply the best and most perfect violinist that I have ever had the chance to hear."[2][3][4]

Education edit

Vadim Repin was born in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, on 31 August 1971. In 1985 at fourteen he made his débuts in Tokyo, München, Berlin, Helsinki; a year later in Carnegie Hall.

Professional career edit

At the age of 17, he became the youngest winner of violin section of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, the world's premier violin competition[citation needed]. He was a member of the jury in the 2009 violin section of this competition.[5] Vadim Repin has played under such leading conductors as Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, and Yehudi Menuhin.

Vadim Repin has been a frequent guest at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Gstaad and Verbier.[6] In 2010 he played the premiere of James MacMillan Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Gergiev which was dedicated to him.[7]

Repertoire and recordings edit

Repin specializes in Russian music and French music, particularly the great Russian violin concertos, as well as 20th-century and contemporary music.

Instruments edit

  • 1982-1984 a unique Stradivari three-quarter size on loan from the Russian State Collection
  • 1984–1989 Stradivari 1720 "ex-Wieniawski-Wieniawski" on loan from the Russian State Collection
  • 1996 Repin played shortly the Guarneri del Gesù 1737 "Isaac Stern ex-Panette-Panette," a loan by David Fulton
  • 1996–2005 Stradivari 1708 "Ruby",[8] as a loan by the Stradivari Society in Chicago and previously played by Pablo de Sarasate
  • 2005 Guarneri del Gesù 1742 "Il Cannone ex Paganini" as a loan by the Municipal Administration of Genua for the use in a concert in the city
  • 2002-2009 Guarneri del Gesù 1736 "Von Szerdahely"
  • 2010-2013 Guarneri del Gesù 1743 "Bonjour"
  • 2013-2015 Guarneri del Gesù 1736 "Lafont"
  • Since 2015 Vadim Repin plays a Stradivari 1733 "Rode" [9]

His preferred bows are by Nicolaus Kittel and Nicolas Maline.

Personal life edit

Vadim Repin married Caroline Diemunsch in 2001. Their son Leonardo was born in 2006.[10]

His current wife[11] is Svetlana Zakharova, the principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet.[12] They have a daughter, who was born in February 2011.[13]

External links edit

Interviews edit

Reviews edit

Vadim Repin (violin) and Nikolai Lugansky (piano):

  • Crescendo, review by Noël Godts, translated from French into English, about their recital on 20 November 2002 in Brussels
  • Light-filled brilliance, review by Herbert Müller, translated from German into English, from Wienerzeitung, 27 November 2002

Vadim Repin (violin), Nikolai Lugansky (piano), Mischa Maisky (cello):

  • La Palme d'or pour les trois Russes (in French), Critique du récital de Vadim Repin, Nikolaï Lugansky et Misha Maïsky au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, 25 May 2005, written by Gérard Mannoni

References edit

  1. ^ Vadim Repin pronounced in Russian
  2. ^ a b Article (in German) by Susanna Dal Monte on, 21 June 2012
  3. ^ Announcement of the Beethoven orchestra Bonn in October 2011 (in German)
  4. ^ Interview with Vadim Repin(in German), among other things Repin talks about the relationship with Menuhin; article by Arnt Cobbers, magazine Partituren, page 62, issue 14, 2008
  5. ^ "Entry for Vadim Repin on the official site of the Queen Elisabeth competition". Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  6. ^ Vadim Repin Biography Archived 26 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ James MacMillan: Violin Concerto premiere with Vadim Repin article published in April 2010 on, the website of Boosey & Hawkes
  8. ^ Interview de Vadim Repin à l'Actualité Musique d'Evene en Novembre 2008
  9. ^ "Vadim Repin - Official Website".
  10. ^ Profile of Vadim Repin at the Moscow State Philharmonic Society
  11. ^ Vadim Repin, violinist – portrait of the artist, interview by Laura Barnett, 22 January 2014, The Guardian.
  12. ^ Announcement Archived 23 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine of a joint performance of Svetlana Zakharova and Vadim Repin at the St Prex Classics in Saint-Prex on 20 and 21 August 2013, published on
  13. ^ Bolshoi prima and violinist Repin have baby article of Ismene Brown from 18 February 2011 on