Ukrainian violinist Igor Gruppman enjoys a multi-faceted career as soloist,
He sometimes shares the podium with Maestro Gergiev, and in 2009, he was invited by him to conduct the Mariinsky Stradavari Orchestra on a tour of Asia. In that part of the world, he also has been invited for conducting engagements with the Tokyo and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras.
Mr. Gruppman appeared in an all-Mozart program at the De Doelen Great Hall in Rotterdam where in addition to conducting, he gave the Netherlands premier of Mozart’s recently reconstructed Concerto for Violin and Piano with pianist Ronald Brautigam. He has since been asked by the orchestra to conduct his own series of concerts, and was the conductor of the orchestra’s 2010 and 2011 proms series.
Recently Igor and his wife Vesna premiered Paul van Brugge’s Double Concerto for Violin and Viola with the Temple Square Orchestra, commissioned by the Dutch Performing Arts Foundation. The Gergiev Festival of Rotterdam has commissioned another work by Mr. Brugge for the duo to be performed at the 2012 festival. It will be a unique work in that it asks both artists to improvise, and it will also use Vesna’s voice. In 1994 the Gruppman Duo won a Grammy Award for their recording of Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for two violins which they will perform as the final selection of their program in Woodstock.
Igor Gruppman’s discography is extensive on the Naxos, Koch, and Video Artist International labels. He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Leonid Kogan and Mstislav Rostropovich followed by studies with Jasha Heifetz in Los Angeles. He is now on the faculty of the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 2002, he and his wife Vesna co-founded the Gruppman International Violin Institute to select, train and develop careers of exceptionally gifted violinists around the world using the latest videoconferencing technology.
Mr. Gruppman plays the 1731 “Julles Garcin” Stradivarius violin generously provided by the Erasmus Foundation.
“Igor Gruppman brought high intensity and powerful emotion from the Mariinsky Stradivarius Orchestra…the Marinsky strings played as if their lives depended on it.” - ST. PETERSBURG TIMES