Born in Berlin, Kolja Blacher was accepted for study with Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York as a fifteen-year-old. He subsequently completed his studies with Sándor Végh in Salzburg before embarking on a remarkable career as a solo violinist. He has been a professor for violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg since October 1999.
Mr. Blacher appears as a soloist with important orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Gürzenich Orchester Köln and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He collaborates with leading conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Alain Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurovsky, Mariss Jansons, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott and Kirill Petrenko. Kolja Blacher also frequently performs chamber music as a duo or as a trio with Clemens Hagen, cello, Wolfram Christ, viola, and pianists Bruno Canino, Kyrill Gerstein and Vassilij Lobanov.
He was recognized with the 'Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik'. A special experience are his live-recordings. Apart from performing he discovered his passion to conduct a. o. at the Kurt-Weill-Festival in Dessau
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