Aylen Pritchin


Aylen Pritchin was born in Leningrad in 1987 and began to study the violin at the age of six. He graduated from the Secondary Special Music School of the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Elena Zaitseva), the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and undertook a postgraduate study there (class of Eduard Grach).

Prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Kurashiki, Japan, 2004; 1st prize), the Yampolsky International Violin Competition (Moscow, 2006; 1st prize), the Pancho Vladigerov Piano and Violin International Competition (Shumen, Bulgaria, 2007; 1st prize and special prize “For the best performance of Pancho Vladigerov’s works”), the Canetti International Violin Competition (Italy, 2009; 1st prize and special prize “For the best performance of a contemporary piece”), the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition (Sion – Valais, Switzerland, 2009; 3rd prize and special prize “For the best performance of a contemporary piece”), the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition (Vienna, 2010; 3rd prize), the Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition (2010; 3rd prize). In 2011 he received the Special Jury Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow – St Petersburg) and was a prize-winner at the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań. In 2014 he won the Grand Prix at the Long–Thibaud–Crespin International Violin Competition in Paris. In 2019 he won the 4th prize and a special prize “For artistic craftsmanship and programmes’ beauty” at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Has toured to Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Israel, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Vietnam. Has given recitals at prestigious concert venues including the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the St Petersburg Philharmonia, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris. Regularly appears with the pianist Lukas Geniušas.

Works with renowned symphony ensembles including the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under Pavel Kogan, the musicAeterna orchestra, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Cannes, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra (Hungary) and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio. Has appeared under such conductors as Yuri Simonov, Fabio Mastrangelo, Teodor Currentzis, Donato Renzetti, Shlomo Mintz, Roberto Benzi, Cornelius Meister and Dorian Wilson.

Participant in the Salzburg Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), the International Contemporary Music Festival Another Space and the festivals La Folle Journée in Nantes and Homecoming in Moscow. Regular participant in the Moscow Philharmonic Society’s projects Young Talents and Stars of the 21st Century.

Since 2007 he has been a participant in programmes of the St Petersburg Music House. Has taught at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, currently teaches at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.

In 2017 together with Lukas Geniušas and the cellist Alexander Bouzlov he released the disc 3х3: Live featuring piano trios by Shostakovich, Weinberg and Ravel (Melodiya records and the Apriori Arts Agency). Discography also includes albums of music by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Desyatnikov (together with Lukas Geniušas, Melodiya, 2016) and Prokofiev (together with the pianist Yury Favorin, Melodiya, 2017). In 2019 with France’s Ad Vitam he released a CD featuring opuses for solo violin by Prokofiev, Bartók and Honegger and the first recording of Tema con 8 variazioni by Jean Françaix. In February 2020 together with the pianist Maxim Emelyanychev he recorded – this time for France’s Aparté label – sonatas by Brahms on historic instruments (this album will be released in December 2021).
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