Ilya Gringolts studied violin and composition in Saint Petersburg and at the Juilliard School (with Itzhak Perlman). Winner of the 1998 International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini”, he was also awarded two special prizes for the youngest ever competitor to be placed in the final and the best interpreter of Paganini’s Caprices. Ilya has undertaken extensive tours of Japan, China, South Africa, Germany and Spain. His recent orchestral highlights include concerts with Bamberger Symphoniker, Copenhagen Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony and Taipei Symphony. In recital, he presented the complete cycle of Bach sonatas with Masaaki Suzuki at the Verbier Festival 2010. His festival appearances include also Lucerne, Kuhmo, Risor, Zermatt, BBC Proms, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Colmar, Milan Serate Musicali, and the Enescu Festival, Bucharest. As a chamber musician Ilya’s regular chamber music partners are Yuri Bashmet, Lynn Harrell, Diemut Poppen, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Itamar Golan and many others. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Onyx and Orchid Classic received outstanding reviews. Founder of the Gringolts String Quartet, he has also been appointed Professor of violin at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and is acting as International Fellow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He plays a Guarneri „del Gesù”, Cremona 1742-43 made available by a private collector.