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Celebrated as one of today’s leading violinists since her outstanding debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner (Paris, 2004), Arabella Steinbacher is known for her extraordinary varied repertoire.
She plays both major classical and romantic violin concertos, as well as contemporary pieces from Bartók, Berg, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Hartmann and Gubaidulina, among others.
She frequently plays with all major German orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the NDR Symphony Orchestra; under conductors such as the late Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Thomas Hengelbrock.
Internationally, Arabella Steinbacher has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, London, Vienna, Sao Paulo and Sydney, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Her debuts at the Salzburger Festspiele, the “Proms” at the Royal Albert Hall, and at the New York Carnegie Hall have been praised by the international press.
On her new album ‘Fantasies, Rhapsodies and Daydreams’, Arabella Steinbacher revisits famous virtuosic pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Pablo de Sarasate, Jules Massenet, and Franz Waxman. Earlier recordings include a Mozart album with the Festival Strings Lucerne and her a collaboration with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Charles Dutoit with violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Among many international and national music prizes and nominations, she was awarded with the ECHO Klassik twice.
Born into a family of musicians, Arabella Steinbacher plays the violin since the age of three and began her music studies with Ana Chumachenco at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München at the age of nine.
Arabella Steinbacher currently plays the 1716 ‘Booth’ Stradivari, generously loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.