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01 Vita

For the ICMA 2023 (International Classical Music Award) awarded violinist Julia Smirnova is currently an artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, where she is studying with Augustin Dumay. She performs on a violin made by Joseph filius Andrea Guarneri in 1710. 

Julia was born in Komsomolsk on Amur in Russia and since 2017 has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, first with Professor Antje Weithaas and then later with Professor Stephan Picard. In 2021 Smirnova received the DAAD Prize as the best foreign student for exceptional artistic achievement. Julia Smirnova is also a prize winner in numerous international competitions including the II. Alberto Lysy Violin Competition in Gstaad, the Ibolyka-Gyarfas-Stiftung Violin Competition in Berlin and the III. Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition in Ufa.


Smirnova also performs regularly as a chamber musician. In 2022 she released her debut CD with cellist Konstantin Manaev, “The Songs of our Neighbours”, featuring premier recordings of works by composers Aziza Sadikova and Johanna Doderer. The album was nominated for the Opus Klassik Award 2022 in the categories “Best Chamber Music Recording“ and “Young Artist of the Year”. As the “New Classic Duo”, the two exceptional musicians dedicate themselves primarily to contemporary music, which appeals to a wide audience beyond specialist circles. In the same year they gave the world premier of the double concerto “Garden of Animals” by Gordon Hamilton with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker in a sold out Tonhalle



Julia Smirnova has been invited to perform at various festivals, including Flagey Festival, hören:sitzendorf in Austria, Eggenfeld Klassisch, the Klangwerkstatt und Randspiele for contemporary music in Berlin, the Diaghilev Festival in Perm and the Encuentro de Musica y Academia in Santander. In the summer of 2021 Smirnova participated in the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses with Professor Pavel Vernikov. In the past year, Smirnova made her debut as soloist in the Berliner Philharmonie with the Hauptstadt-Sinfonieorchester.


Smirnova has been part of the Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now Foundation since 2018.


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03 Presse

The Strad: review of the CD The Songs of Our Neighbours

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"Deep musical humility in expression, coupled with technical perfection." Münstersche Zeitung

"Julia Smirnova gelingt dabei das Kunststück, die Musik einfach aus sich heraus sprechen und damit wirken zu lassen."

Rondo Magazine


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