BIOGRAPHY

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“A brilliant display of artistry on the violin” says the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger about Fedor Rudin.

French-Russian violinist and conductor Fedor Rudin is quickly establishing himself as one of the most unique and versatile concert artists of today’s generation. A laureate of some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, including the Premio Paganini in Genoa and George Enescu in Bucharest, he was awarded the Ivry Gitlis Prize in Paris in 2019. His album Reflets was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards.

Highlights of the 2021/22 season include Fedor Rudin’s debuts with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, under the baton of Petr Popelka, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Kirill Karabits, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, as well as debuts with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the German Chamber Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie and the SWR Mittags- und Preisträgerkonzert. Together with his regular duo partner, the pianist Boris Kusnezow, he will undertake a recital tour in Japan, while chamber music projects take him to the Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, Musikfest Kassel, Cyprus and Konzertverein Ingolstadt. As a conductor, Rudin will lead the Vienna Mozart Orchestra on a tour in Switzerland, and appear with the Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

Previous solo debuts have taken Fedor Rudin to many of the world’s most revered concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Konzerthaus, Paris Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein and Tonhalle Zurich. He has appeared with renowned orchestras, such as Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB), Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Münchener Kammerorchester, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, while regularly collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Darrell Ang, Lorenzo Viotti and Christoph Poppen.

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A devoted chamber musician, Rudin is a founding member of the Fratres Trio, hailed by the press as “a new generation of classical music” for its unusual combination of violin, saxophone and piano. The ensemble is a prizewinner of the Illzach International Chamber Music Competition (Mulhouse, France) and Pizzicato Magazine’s Supersonic Award, which the trio received for its first CD Couleurs d’un Rêve. 

Fedor Rudin is a frequent guest at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, including the Salzburg Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Pietrasanta in Concerto, Crans Montana Classics and the Festival ArtenetrA. As concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic, he has collaborated with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta and Andris Nelsons.

Already from the age of 20, Rudin himself worked as a guest conductor with the Georgian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, he has led orchestras such as the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Lviv Philharmonic and the Szczecin Opera Orchestra. In 2021 he completed his conducting studies in the class of Simeon Pironkoff (orchestral conducting) and Vladimir Kiradjiev (opera conducting) at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Fedor Rudin, as the grandson of the famous Russian avant-garde composer Edison Denisov, was born in Moscow in 1992 and grew up in Paris, where he studied with Miroslav Roussine and Svetlin Roussev. A graduate of Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and Pierre Amoyal at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, he completed his postgraduate studies at the Kunstuniversität Graz in the class of Boris Kuschnir.

November 2021 will see the release of Rudin’s new album, a CD of Russian and French compositions, on Orchid Classics, in co-production with SWR. Recorded with Boris Kusnezow, it features pieces by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Debussy, as well as works by Fedor’s grandfather.

Fedor Rudin plays a violin by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona, 1779) from the German Musical Instrument Fund on a generous loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in Hamburg.

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