Violin

Valeriy Sokolov

Introduction

The Ukrainian violinist, Valeriy Sokolov, is one of the most outstanding young artists of his generation. Working regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, he has enjoyed collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Cleveland Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, NAC Ottawa, Orchestre National de France and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.  He works frequently with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Zinman, Susanna Malkki, Andris Nelsons, Peter Oundjian, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Herbert Soudant & Juraj Valcuha.

Highlights of the 2017-18 season include debuts at the Lucerne Festival and with the MDR Leipzig, as well as Valeriy’s subscription debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. This season also sees Valeriy return to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk as well as the Concertgebouw with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. Valeriy will begin his role as Artist-in-Residence with the Weimar Staatskapelle, in which he will embark on an extensive US tour with the orchestra and its Music Director, Kirill Karabits.


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Discography

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    01 Mar 18 Brahms Violin Concerto
    Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts

    with the Staatskapelle Weimar & Kirill Karabits.

    “Sokolov played the Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major with sublime artistry; beautifully shaped phrases, sensitive interpretation, complete command of the score and a stunning cadenza earned him a well-deserved standing ovation. The orchestra, for its part, was a generous and sensitive partner, allowing the violin to soar above them, no mean feat when the odds are 89-to-1 … Both the soloist and orchestra were keenly aware of the way Brahms collects these tunes and spins them out, merging with and emerging from one another in an uninterrupted line.”

    Joyce Tamer, Worcester Telegram, 2 March 2018

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    11 Nov 17 Prokofiev Violin Concerto
    Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

    with the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Leipzig and Stefan Asbury.

    “Vollmundig intoniert Valeriy Sokolov die volkstümliche Weise zu Beginn, doch unter der lyrischen Oberfläche brodelt es: Immer wieder wird die Geborgenheit der Hauptthemen aufgebrochen von schattenhaft umhergeisternden Gestalten. Von denen lässt Sokolov sich allerdings nicht irritieren: Auch die solistisch ausgedehnten Passagen spielt er mit unaufdringlicher Virtuosität aus,
    manövriert die wendigen, teils aberwitzig langen Tonverkettungen über dem sich chromatisch hochschraubenden Getümmel unbehelligt über das Griffbrett und formt mal einen robusten, geradlinigen Ton, mal einen schwelgerisch wiegenden. In Fritz Kreislers kompaktem Recitativo und Scherzo op. 6 als Zugabe begeistert der 31-Jährige zusätzlich mit einem temperamentvollen Wechselspiel violinistischer Raffinesse.”
    Alexander Faschon, Leipziger Volkszeitung, 13 November 2017

     

    “Mit ganzer Hingabe und enormem Können interpretierte der 1986 im ukrainischen Charkiw geborene Valeriy Sokolov den Solopart.”
    Ursula Mielke, Thueringische Landeszeitung, 13 November 2017

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    28 Oct 16 BARBER Violin Concerto: 28 October 2016
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Nicholas Carter, City Hall, Glasgow

    ” … the gorgeous performance of Barber’s Violin Concerto, gloriously played with a seductive glow and some fierce intensity by Ukranian Valeriy Sokolov. The concerto is among the most overtly beautiful of Barber’s works, but yesterday’s performance from soloist, conductor, and a gleaming SSO had an unforgettable sheen. An encore was demanded, and Sokolov produced more than the goods in Fritz Kreisler’s electric Recitative and Scherzo.”
    ***** Michael Tumelty, The Herald Scotland, 28 October 2016

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    05 Mar 16 Brahms Violin Concerto in D major: 05 March 2016
    Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Jean-Claure Casadeus, Esplanade Singapore

    “The master of the subtle nuance, Sokolov drew the audience into a world of profound intimacy and deep discretion, and when the orchestra soothingly re-emerged from its lengthy slumber, it was to produce playing of the most divine delicacy.
    In the deeply lovely slow movement, Casadesus moulded and caressed the music as if with the seasoned hands of an expert masseur and, all too soon, the audiences found themselves led out of the massage parlour by Sokolov and into the invigorating atmosphere of a Hungarian dance hall for the finale.
    Crisp and exhilarating, he led concertgoers in a scintillating dance right up to the work’s ultimate climax.”
    The Straits Times, 06 March 2016

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    13 Jan 16 Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1: 13 January 2016
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Kees Bakels, Poole Lighthouse

    “The Ukrainian violinist seduced in the stark shifts of emphasis and rhythm of the Nocturne, was light and playful yet forthright in the Scherzo, and fittingly energetic in the bow-shredding cadenza – into which he injected a sprinkling of original flourishes without pause.
    The final movement, a hugely invigorating Burlesque with bold changes of rhythm and a smattering of syncopation, was performed with panache, and Sokolov’s heavy double stopping in the final moments made for a gritty conclusion.”

    Daily Echo, January 14th 2016

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    08 Jun 15 Bartok Violin Concerto No.2: 6 June 2015
    Hong Kong Sinfonietta/Ken Lam, Hong Kong City Hall

    “The sweet tone in Sokolov’s violin lines was evident in the early entry after the harp. The excellent playing defied the damp air and his pricey Stradivarius, dated 1703, delivered alluring resonance. He and the orchestra risked the rugged rhythms and came through with refreshing results. No one left after the last note and the violinist rewarded warm applause with an encore, Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice.”
    Oliver Chou, South China Morning Post

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    05 Feb 15 Duo Recital: 25 January 2015
    Evgeny Izotov (Piano) Teatro Ristori, Verona

    “The exceptional duo, Valeriy Sokolov, violin and Evgeny Izotov, piano, gave a magistral recital at the Teatro Ristori for the Amici della Music Society’s current season in Verona on 21st January. Their profound eloquence, poise, equilibrium, sensitivity and capacity for creating expressive tension were established from the opening notes and sustained throughout the programme, engaging and enthralling the audience. Their display of technical skill, without a minimum lapse, was stunning and never ostentatious: clean and crisp, crystalline and precise. Perfect intonation and stylistically convincing. The bow work was mesmerizing, for fluidity and versatility, moving sinuously and coaxingly, rapidly or liesurely, extracting a variegated range of nuance and character. Notwithstanding the artists’ capacity to create and prolong emotional and dramatic tension, their presentation was extremely composed and devoid of mannerisms.”
    Jill Comerford, GB Opera Magazine

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    18 Dec 14 Sibelius Violin Concerto: 12 December 2014
    Orchestre National de Montpellier/Pedro Halffter, Opéra Berlioz, Montpellier

    “Le jeune Russe Sokolov est un artiste complet. Il sait rendre justice aux divers éclairages de la partition avec un très beau son et une virtuosité sans faille.”
    Alain Bréton, L’Hérault du Jour

    “Ce jeune violoniste a tout! Une technique sans faille, un son puissant et charnu; un legato organique et une virtuosité éblouissante!”
    Max Trébosc, La Gazette de Montpellier

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    20 Oct 14 Bartok Violin Concerto No.2: 16 October 2014
    Ulster Orchestra/Jac van Steen, Ulster Hall, Belfast

    “It was the soloist in Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto, Valeriy Sokolov, who stole the show. Intense, vibrant, technically superb, Sokolov exploited every nuance of genius in Bartok’s music.”
    Rathcol, Belfast Telegraph

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    19 Jun 14 Saraste & Saint-Saens Carmen Fantasy & Introduction and Rondo: 12 June 2014
    Hallé Orchestra/Cristian Mandeal, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

    “The Carmen Fantasy was given full-blooded, virtuoso treatment by soloist Valeriy Sokolov. The other violin showpiece on the programme was Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, a work of sharp contrasts which allowed Sokolov’s violin to sing and to dazzle in equal measure.”
    William Ruff, The Nottingham Post

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    11 Apr 14 Bartok Violin Concerto No.2: 10 March 2014
    NAC Ottawa/Juraj Valcuha, Southam Hall, Ottawa

    “Valeriy Sokolov is a young Ukrainian violinist who understands Bartok’s idiom well. He and Valcuha fashioned an appealing account of the Second Violin Concerto. There was more dynamic subtlety than we usually hear, and the performance was gentler and less bombastic than in what we might call “standard” interpretations. Sokolov had a beautiful sound, meticulous… powerful enough when power was called for.”
    Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen

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    31 Mar 14 Brahms Violin Concerto: 28 March 2014
    Opéra de Toulon Orchestra/Benjamin Ellin, Opéra de Toulon

    “Cet artiste mérite tous les éloges tant il est rare d’avoir la
    possibilité d’écouter des prestations d’une telle qualité. Au violon, il
    n’a fait qu’une bouchée du réputé difficile Concerto en Ré Majeur de Brahms à l’écriture virtuose : son jeu était d’une maîtrise inouïe tant à l’archet, agile, qu’à la main gauche d’une justesse absolue.”
    Emilien Moreau, Journal Zibeline

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    04 Mar 14 Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2: 27 February 2014
    Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra/Gurer Aykal, Lufti Kirdar Congress Centre, Istanbul

    “Sokolov’s gorgeous tone and commanding
    musicality in the concerto impressed, as did the equally virtuoso encore
    of Eugène Ysaÿe’s “Ballade.””
    Cihan News

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    15 Nov 13 Sibelius Violin Concerto: 15 November 2013
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons, Symphony Hall Birmingham

    “The young Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov excelled in the first and last movements of Sibelius’s concerto. Warm rich playing, notes pinged in the middle, rapid double stopping that really sounded like two instruments and all the rest of the virtuoso armoury was on display.”
    Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post

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    10 Jun 13 Duo Recital: 10 June 2013
    Langenargen, Germany

    “Valeriy Sokolovs Spiel „ergeht sich“ sozusagen nicht im Gefühl, trägt es nicht als satten Bauch mit sich herum – vielmehr wirkt sein hochangespannter Strich auf die Kompositionen ähnlich wie ein zum Schneiden scharfer Wasserstrahl auf eine Büste, die allzu lange im Schatten stand und Moos angesetzt hat – er legt Konturen frei, die man nicht mehr erkennen konnte und zeigt die Büste ganz verwandelt.”
    Harald Ruppert, Sudkurier

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    16 Feb 13 Barber Violin Concerto: 16 February 2013
    Hallé Orchestra/Andrew Gourlay, Westmorland Hall, Kendal

    “Valeriy Sokolov brought tonal beauty, lyricism, rhythmic excitement, huge technical deftness and musicianship to his reading of Barber’s romantic masterpiece.”
    Barry Paine, Westmorland Gazette

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    02 Nov 12 Bartok Violin Concerto No.2: 2 November 2012
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Ed Gardner, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

    “The young Ukrainian’s vibrant warmth was, as it should be in Bartok’s most melodious outpourings, tinged with elegiac poignancy, while the more virtuosic elements of the piece sparkled with agility. And in the scampering excitement of the finale Sokolov’s focus and precision transcended the Hungarian folkiness and gypsy fiddling.”
    David Hart, Birmingham Post

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    06 Mar 11 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto: 6 March 2011
    Philharmonia Orchestra/Susanna Mällki

    “Valeriy Sokolov applied immense technical assurance to a direct interpretation that was big-boned, imperious and expressive. His first entry was strikingly rich-toned, confident and unaffected The cadenza was commandingly played with sustained beauty of line and grandeur … The finale was virile and exuberant, Sokolov’s technical prowess mirrored by a host of arresting orchestral details.”
    Richard Landau, ClassicalSource.com

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    01 Jan 11 Tchaikovsky & Bartok EMI CD - Violin Concerti
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich/David Zinman

    “This is the first concerto CD by Valeriy Sokolov, and it confirms
    the glowing reputation that his earlier recording of Enescu’s Third
    Sonata and his live performances have earned him. Tchaikovsky comes
    across with freshness and depth of feeling, fostered by Sokolov’s
    lustrous tone. There is brilliance without ostentation, qualities that
    apply equally to the Bartók, with the Tonhalle Orchestra providing a
    luminous backcloth.”
    **** Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph

    “Valeriy Sokolov’s performance is technically fearless, gritty in places
    but soft-centred where it needs to be. Bartók needs advocacy like this,
    and anyone who’s new to the work should dive in.”
    Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

    “With commanding entries and beautiful phrasing, the sheer eloquence of his playing is a joy with the orchestra responding beautifully. His performance of Bartók’s Second Concerto is
 a revelation. After the opening urgent Hungarian rhythms played with easy flair, the second movement’s hushed intensity takes your breath away, until the thrill and dynamism of the third movement keeps you on the edge of your seat.
 His lovely tone, communicative style and excellent technique makes this 
a compelling listen.”
    ***** ClassicFM.com