Aylen Pritchin

Russian violinist Aylen Pritchin has, in recent years, firmly established himself as one of the most interesting and versatile rising stars on the international concert stage. First Prize winner of the 2014 Long-Thibaud International Competition, he has also won prizes at the Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, Sion-Valais, Kreisler and Oistrakh international violin competitions.

Pritchin’s career has led him to perform in Russia and abroad, including Armenia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Vietnam and Japan, in such prestigious venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Stockholm Musikaliska, Salzburg Mozarteum, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Hall in Moscow and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. He has recently made solo appearances with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, musicAeterna Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, National Philharmonic of Russia, Poznań Philharmonic, State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Transylvania State Philharmonic, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali and Orchestre National de Cannes, among others.

Pritchin has regularly been invited by such conductors as Teodor Currentzis, Maxim Emelyanychev, Cornelius Meister, Mihhail Gerts, Valentin Uryupin, Yuri Simonov, Dorian Wilson and Shlomo Mintz. He equally enjoys playing chamber music with artists such as Lukas Geniušas, Yury Favorin, Alexander Melnikov, Maxim Rysanov, Vladimir Mendelssohn and David Geringas.

In 2020/2021, Pritchin made his début with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. He also played with the Tchaikovsky Symphony, St Petersburg Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic and Lithuanian National Symphony orchestras. Highlights of the 2021/2022 season include débuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a re-invitation to Taiwan Philharmonic. The 2022/2023 season will see his début appearance with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In 2017, the Russian label Melodiya published Pritchin’s third album dedicated to Prokofiev´s works for violin and piano with Yury Favorin. Two other albums include Russian repertoire for violin and piano trio with Lukas Geniušas and Alexander Buzlov. In 2019, Ad Vitam Records released a violin solo CD with some of the most important works of the 20th century, including the first ever edition of Tema con 8 Variazioni by Jean Françaix. In 2021, Pritchin and Maxim Emelyanychev’s album dedicated to the Brahms Violin Sonatas and recorded on period instruments was released on Aparté and received glowing reviews. Debussy – Hahn – Stravinsky, a new CD with Lukas Geniušas, will be released in 2022 on Mirare.

Born in St Petersburg, Pritchin studied with Elena Zaitseva in his hometown and with Eduard Grach at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He is currently teaching at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf.

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