Graf Mourja is generally recognized as one of most talented and distinctive
Hungarian-Russian violinist of his generation. He began studying music at
the age of three under the supervision of his father. Then for two years, his
teacher has been a professor at the Ural State Conservatory, Wolf
Usminsky (Sverdlovsk). In 1982, Graf Mourja entered the Tchaikovsky
Central Music School in Moscow, the class of Prof. Irina Bochkova. Even in
school, at age of 16, he became the laureate and winner of two famous
international competitions: Niccolo Paganini in Genoa (1990) and Vianna
da Motta in Lisbon (1991), where he was also awarded a special prize for
Chaconne Bartók. Graf Mourja graduated from Moscow Conservatory in
1997, and did his postgraduate studies under the supervision of Professor
I. Bochkova in 1999. He was awarded the scholarship of the President
Yeltsin, for his outstanding results in his studies. At the same time he
finished his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London
with the Mateja Marincovich; he won Hattory prize in London for
outstanding achievements in his studying.
During his studies Mr. Mourja became the laureate and winner of numerous
international competitions, among them: Demidov International Violin
Competition in Yekaterinburg (1993), Tchaikovsky Xth International
Competition in Moscow (1994), Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris
(1996, France), Pablo Sarasate competition in Pamplona (1997. Spain),
Rodolfo Lipizera competition (2000, Gorizia, Italy) , where he received four
special awards: for best performance of concerts by Stravinsky, Sibelius,
R. Lipizer, and a special audience award, an international competition
UNISA (2002, Pretoria, South Africa), and others. In addition, in 1994 G.
Mourja was awarded the prize of festival "Juventus" (Cambrai, France) by
Council of Europe.
Since 1990 Mr. Mourja gives chamber music concerts, recitals and
concerts with symphony orchestra in Russia and Europe in major concert
halls: Large and Small Hall of Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Large
and Small Halls of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Gaveau, Teatre de la
Ville, Arsenal (France), Concertgebouw (Holland), Palais des Beaux Arts
(Belgium), La Chaux-De-Fonds (Switzerland), Liszt Budapest academy
( Hungary), etc. G. Mourja collaborated with conductors such as E.
Svetlanov, M. Yanovsky, E. Maksymyuk, L.Foster, M. Ermler, A. Vakulsky,
A. Dmitriev, N. Alexeev, Y. Sado, A. Mikhailov, J. Novak, V. Polyansky,
D.Liss, Y.Simonov, etc.
The repertoire of the violinist is more than 30 concerts with the orchestra,
among them are rarely performed works of E.Dohnanyi, H. Badings, G.
Dmitriev, M. Nosyrev, B. Bartók, E.Lalo.
Graf Mourja recorded 3 CDs for the company Harmonia Mundi,
collaborated with Alpha, Integral, Hanssler-Verlag, Naxos, Chant du
Monde, Classical Records, Melodia. Recordings of works by Stravinsky,
Szymanowskyi, Schnittke, Prokofiev, Ravel and the recording of virtuoso
miniatures "Violin vagabond" were highly prized by "Strad" and
"Gramophone" magazines, as well as the prestigious awards "Diapason
d'Or "and "Choc". In 2013 in cooperation with ensemble “Kheops” he
recorded the project with Dohnanyi and Penderecki sextets for the firm
Fuga Libera (Belgium).
The violinist partners are pianists: Barry Douglas, Bruno Canino, Eliso
Virsaladze, Christian Zacharias, Piotr Anderszewski, Alexander Taro, Denis
Matsuev and viola players: Nobuko Imai, Paul Neubauer, Lawrence Power,
Lise Berthaud, cellists: Francoise Groben, Marie Hallynck, Andres Diaz,
Mark Koppe, Alexander Kniazev, clarinetists: Michele Lethiec, Ronald van
Spandonck, horn players: Herve Joulain, Richard Watkins, Francis Orval
and other artists.
In 2004, G. Mourja was awarded the title "Honored Artist of Russia".
Now Mr.Mourja is the professor of Moscow Conservatory. His master
classes take place in the UK and France, Russia and Switzerland, Belgium
and the Netherlands. Since 2005, Mr. Mourja is regularly invited the jury of
Russian and International competitions.
In June 2010, Graf Mourja won The Gold Medal - Grand Prix at the
prestigious Violin Competition «Violin Masters» in Monte Carlo.
Violinist plays violin by Alessandro Gagliano, Neapol, 1719. That was given
him in lifetime use by a philanthropist.
During last five years, Graf Mourja played 24 Capriccios by N.Paganini
over 50 times.