Lidia Baich is considered as one of the most versatile violin soloists of the present; she fascinates listeners worldwide through her profound and intense interpretation. The St. Petersburg-born Austrian received her first violin lessons from her grandfather at the age of four. Afterwards she studied with Prof. Boris Kuschnir in Vienna. At the age of eight, she won her first international competition, followed by numerous other first prizes. When she was sixteen, her exceptional musical achievement finally won her the Grand Prix d'Eurovision and the European Musician of the Year award, presented to her by Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Lidia Baich performs both recitals and with orchestra in the most important concert halls around the globe. Numerous tours have taken her throughout Europe, Asia, South America, USA, South Africa, Russia and India.
She played with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Adam Fischer, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Temirkanov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Kristjan Järvi, Bertrand de Billy or Jakov Kreizberg with world renowned orchestras like New York Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, NHK Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchester National de France, Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, Malaysia Philharmonic or Camerata Salzburg.
As a passionate chamber musician, Baich plays with partners such as Helmut Deutsch, Nobuko Imai, Alexander Knyazev, Aleksey Igudesman, Hyung-Ki Joo, Boris Giltburg, members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Brahms Trio and others. Lidia Baich has performed at festivals like the Wiener Festwochen, the Salzburg Festival, the Dubrovnik Festival, the Moritzburg Festival, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, and the Johannesburg Mozart Festival. She also played at the ten year anniversary of "Pavarotti and Friends" in Modena.
At the Komische Oper Berlin she once again showed her musical and artistic versatility in a remarkably successful production together with the State Ballet Berlin. Lidia Baich also regularly performs with opera singers, most recently with Elina Garanca, Erwin Schrott or her husband Andreas Schager at the Berlin State Opera and Vienna State Opera. CD's by Lidia Baich have been released under the label of Deutsche Grammophon. Lidia Baich has worked as a juror in renowned violin competitions such as the Menuhin or the Eurovision Competition and holds a professorship at the Music and Art University of Vienna. She supports several Foundations for young musicians, educational programs and raises money for their scholarships. Lidia Baich plays a violin made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume from 1860.
Photo: Lena Nesic