Laurent Albrecht Breuninger
violin | Germany, °1968
 
VIOLIN 1997 : Second Prize
Winning the second prize in 1997, Laurent Albrecht Breuninger was the first German violinist ever to be placed in the first three in the history of the Queen Elisabeth Competition since it was founded in 1951. In the same month he was awarded the Composition prize of the Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte for the Composition of his first String Quartet. These awards mark the culmination of a long line of prizes which Breuninger previously won among others in Brescia (1984), Belgrade (1986), Prague (1992), Vienna (1992), Berlin and Montreal (1995).

Laurent Albrecht Breuninger was introduced to violin playing early on in his French-German parental home in Stuttgart. At the age of 12 he encountered Vladimir Spivakov and Max Rostal. These meetings had a lasting influence on him and lead to the decision to study the violin. From 1981 until 1988 he studied with Thomas Füri in Winterthur and Zürich and from 1988 with Josef Rissin in Karlsruhe where he completed his professional studies at the Hochschule in 1994 with distinction. Other influences were Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, Aaron Rosand, Igor Ozim, Yfra Neaman and Ivry Gitlis. From 1998 to 2003 he was professor in Hamburg, since then he is professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.

Laurent Albrecht Breuninger made his debut as a soloist at the age of 12 with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Spivakov at the Music Festival of Tours, France. Ever since he regularly performs as a soloist internationally. He also appears frequently as a recital artist. During the last years he performed among others at the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium, the Bath International Music Festival, the Chamber Music Festival in Kuhmo, Finland, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker and the Kissinger Sommer.

In 1997 Breuninger’s debut CD was released with works for violin and piano by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wieniawski and Breuninger. For the German broadcast company WDR he recorded the complete work for violin and orchestra by Eugène Ysaye, some of them unrecorded before. It is a remarkable coincidence that Breuninger won the 'Prix Ysaye' in Brussels, as he has had a special affinity to Ysaye’s music since his early youth. In 2001 he recorded Ysaye’s works for solo violin and for violin and piano for the Hessischer Rundfunk (Germany).

In 2002 and 2003 the four violin concertos by Karol Lipinski with the Warsaw Radio Orchestra under the direction of Wojciech Rajski were released on two CDs at the renowned label CPO. The same label published his recording of violin concertos by Charles de Beriot with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie under the direction of Frank Behrmann. In 2009 followed a recital CD with works by Georgy Catoire (Piano: Anna Zassimova) and two CDs with concertos by Rodolphe Kreutzer and Felix Weingartner, both recorded with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Kaiserslautern under the baton of Alun Francis. Together with the German pianist Thomas Duis the artist recorded the violin sonatas of Georges Enescu, which has been released in 2010.

Additionally, Laurent Albrecht Breuninger is active as a composer. He often performs his own compositions in his recitals. His first String Trio was premiered in Karlsruhe in 1991 to critical acclaim, his prize-winning first String Quartet had it's first performance at the Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte in 1997. He cultivates a close bond with various contemporary composers both as a performer and composer.
Programme
Final (06/06/1997)
Hendrik Hofmeyr Raptus per violino e orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn Sonata in F major op. 4
Béla Bartók Concerto n. 2
Laurent Albrecht Breuninger, violin
Semi-final (22/05/1997)
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata in A minor op. 27/2
Peter Swinnen Canzone
Nicolò Paganini Le Streghe op. 8
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n. 5 in A major KV 219
Henryk Wieniawski Variations sur un thème original in A minor op. 15
Laurent Albrecht Breuninger, violin
Irène Berger, pianist accompanist
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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