Born in Munich in 1983, Julia Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and at age eleven she won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.
Ms. Fischer opened the 2013-14 season with a tour through Germany with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. As Artist-in-Residence at the Dresden Philharmonic she performs the Brahms Violin Concerto and tours Asia. In November and December 2013, she appeared in recitals in major European venues including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and the Berlin Philharmonie. With the Düsseldorf Symphony and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra she performs Schumann’s Violin Concerto and with the London Philharmonic, she performs Brahms’s Double Concerto with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott. In the United States, she performs with the Cleveland Orchestra and appears with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She is featured in Wigmore Hall’s Perspective Series and in June she tours Spain with the BBC Philharmonic. Other upcoming appearances include performances at the Prague Spring Festival and a 2015 European tour with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Later this month she appears with the San Francisco Symphony on its European tour.
Ms. Fischer’s latest CD is of Pablo Sarasate’s works for violin and piano, on the Decca label. In 2013 Decca released Ms. Fischer’s recording of violin concertos of Bruch and Dvořák. Previous Decca releases include Poème, with Yakov Kreizberg conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, a disc of Paganini’s caprices, and a recording of Bach’s violin concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. For the Pentatone label, she recorded discs of Russian violin concertos and Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin. She was named Artist of the Year at the 2007 Gramophone Awards and Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2009 MIDEM Classical Awards.
In 2008 Julia Fischer made her professional debut as a pianist at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Matthias Pintscher. On the same program, she performed Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3. A DVD of this concert was released by Decca in 2010. Ms. Fischer made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2001.