Patricia Kopatchinskaja

«A force of nature» (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin)


Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s drive to discover stretches from the Renaissance to brand new works, most recently the world premieres of violin concertos by Márton Illés and Francisco Coll (both in 2020). She has also performed vocal roles, for example in Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre or Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic. She recently created a film version of Kurt Schwitters’ Dadaistic piece Ursonate.

Kopatchinskaja wants to bring the experience of music into the here and now, also by creating new contexts or stagings: in 2016 she reacted to the stiffness of the classical music world with the project «Bye-Bye Beethoven» with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Hamburg, and in 2017 she responded to the global warming crisis in the project «Dies Irae» at Lucerne Festival; both projects have since been repeated on both sides of the Atlantic. The project «Death and the Maiden» with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra also came on tour to Europe, and the CD recording on Alpha Classics won a Grammy award in 2018. With CAMERATA BERN she created the projects «War and Chips», «Maria Mater Meretrix» (a musical journey through the lives of women, with Anna Prohaska), and «Time and Eternity», which was released on CD in 2019. 

Patricia Kopatchinskaja has released more than 26 CDs, including recordings with Gidon Kremer and Teodor Currentzis. Further recordings will be released in the near future, including works by Sándor Veress and Alberto Ginastera with CAMERATA BERN, «Maria Mater Meretrix», also with CAMERATA BERN, clarinet trios with Reto Bieri and Polina Leschenko and «What’s Next, Vivaldi?» with Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini. In the season 2020/21, Patricia Kopatchinskaja is Artist in Residence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Bamberger Symphony, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Southbank Centre London and the Alte Oper Frankfurt.