Vesna Gruppman’s solo career began when she was a teenager. By the age of sixteen, she had performed as soloist with several ensembles including the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonic. She also received the First Prize at the Jaroslav Koci-n International Violin competition in Russia and was the first artist to win the National Violin Competition in her native Yugoslavia six times in a row.
A graduate of the Moscow Special School of Music, Ms. Gruppman received a doctorate in performance and pedagogy from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with legendary teachers: David Oistrakh, Yuri Yankelevich and Igor Bezrody. As testimony to an active performing schedule, Ms. Gruppman has appeared as soloist and chamber musician with the Dallas Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, San Diego Symphony, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings and Mariinsky Orchestra as well as in recitals at Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, Hermitage Hall in Amsterdam, Kiev’s Philharmonic Hall and the Mozart Hall in Prague.
Her solo and chamber music recordings have received generous reviews in international publications: Gramaphone, American Record Guide, Classical Disc Digest and The Strad Magazines. In 2009 Video Artists International featured Ms. Gruppman as a soloist and chamber musician. And in 2010 the Netherlands Performing Arts Foundation awarded a commission to Vesna and Igor Gruppman for composer Paul van Brugge’s concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. The premier took place in March 2011 with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
Ms. Gruppman’s 2012 -2014 season will feature recital and chamber music tours of Asia and the United States and a new DVD release for Video Artists International. Vesna Gruppman is a professor of Violin and Viola at the Rotterdam Conservatory. She and her husband Igor are co-founders of the Gruppman International Institute.
“Mesmerizing performance…above the strata of mere virtuoso showcase…gripping sense of partnership…” – EDMONTON JOURNAL