Vadim Repin was born in Siberia in 1971 and age 11 won all categories of the Wienawski Competition. His debuts in Moscow and St. Petersburg followed and at 14 he had debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin and Helsinki, a year later in Carnegie Hall in New York. At 17 he was the youngest ever winner of the Reine Elisabeth Concours. Since then he has performed with the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors in all major music centres. He has recorded the great Russian violin concerti by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti and the Kreutzer Sonata with Martha Argerich, and the Brahms Violin Concerto and Double Concerto (with Truls Mørk, cello) with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, as well as prizewinning recordings of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov trios with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang and sonatas with Nikolai Lugansky. In 2010 he was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur and the highest French award, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, for his services to music. In Beijing he was named Honorary Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music in 2014 and was also awarded this title by the Shanghai Conservatory in 2015. In April 2014 he created the first annual Transsiberian Arts Festival and commissioned and performed the world premières of Benjamin Yussupov’s “Voices of Violin”, Lera Auerbach’s “De Profundis”, Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Dialogue: You and I”, and Alexander Raskatov’s violin concerto “Ex Oriente Lux”. Besides Novosibirsk the Festival is now present at many other venues in Russia, Japan, Israel, Vienna, the USA and France, and has a special focus on young musicians. Last season he gave masterclasses for violinists at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and was a juror at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. Vadim Repin plays the 1733 ‘Rode’ violin by Antonio Stradivari.