Focus on the laureates of Violin 2019: Júlia Pusker

In the last couple of months, Júlia has been touring across Europe as a ‘European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Star’. She has been selected to perform a series of recitals during the 2023-24 season in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, such as Kölner Philharmonie, Müpa Budapest, BOZAR Brussels, Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Konzerthaus Dortmund, The Glasshouse, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konserthuset Stockholm, Gulbenkian Lisbon, NOSPR Katowice and Wiener Konzerthaus.

Her varied concert programmes for the tour are centred around musical figures and compositions that continue to fascinate her and draw a portrait of her musical identity. These works range from baroque to contemporary, including a newly commissioned piece written for solo violin by Éric Tanguy, of which the world premiere took place in Kölner Philharmonie last October.

In addition, she has been passionately involved with ECHO’s Education, Learning and Participation programme by giving masterclasses, visiting schools to introduce music to young people and taking part in special workshops with mentally and developmentally challenged children.

In the coming weeks, Júlia will give her debut at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, B: Music Birmingham and in Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona, Philharmonie de Paris and Casa da Música Porto, where she will present a programme dedicated to solo violin works, titled ‘Ciaccone to Chaccone’.

Since the Competition, she has returned to both Flagey and Bozar, with Brussels Philharmonic and Stéphane Denève; respectively, with the Belgian National Philharmonic Orchestra to play Brahms Double Concerto, and most recently in November, performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concert as part of her European Concert tour.

2022 saw her perform with Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Robin Ticciati playing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1. In the same year, she was invited to take part in an outreach project with Brussels Philharmonic and Stéphane Denève in a series of ten concerts, promoting classical music in collaboration with Concertgebouw Bruges.

She regularly returns to perform in her native country Hungary, where most recently she was playing Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1 and 2, Brahms Double Concerto, and the Britten and Hartmann Violin Concertos with orchestras such as Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Keri-Lynn Wilson, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tamás Vásáry, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra and Gilbert Varga.

In 2021, she concluded her studies at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel where her Artist Diploma consisting of all Brahms Violin Sonatas was performed with Christia Hudziy and streamed online.

Furthermore, in the same year, the Royal Academy of Music awarded Júlia with Associateship (ARAM) to recognise and celebrate her significant contributions to the musical landscape.

As an avid chamber musician, Júlia continues to appear at chamber music festivals and share the stage with artists such as Pablo Barragán, Kristóf Baráti, Gary Hoffman, Sunwook Kim, Tommaso Lonquich, Enrico Pace, Bruno Phillippe, Máté Szűcs and István Várdai.

She was awarded Young Talent of the Year at the French music festival ‘Musique et Vin’, in 2021, where she performed alongside Gautier Capuçon, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Frank Braley.

In the summer of 2024, upon an invitation from Tommaso Lonquich, Júlia will appear at the Schakenborg Musikfest playing works by Bach, Dohnányi, Fauré and Messiaen.

Her most recent recordings include Éric Tanguy’s 2nd Violin Concerto with Jyväskylä Sinfonia under Ville Matvejeff for 'Ondine', and her solo album, with Zoltán Fejérvári for 'Hungaroton'. She has just finished recording all Weiner violin concertos and sonatas, which will be released under the label 'Naxos'.

Next season, she will bring further collaborations with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, and her Wigmore Hall debut in February 2025.

Júlia currently plays a Guadagnini violin generously on loan through the Beare's International Violin Society.

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