With a combination of depth, brilliance and humour, Patricia Kopatchinskaja brings an inimitable sense of theatrics to her music. Kopatchinskaja’s distinctive approach always conveys the core of the work, whether it is with an out-of-the-box performance of a traditional violin repertoire classic or with an original staged project she presents as experimental performance dramaturge. Her absolute priority is music of the 20th and 21st century and the collaboration with living composers such as Luca Francesconi, Michael Hersch or György Kurtág. Kopatchinskaja directs staged concerts at venues on both sides of the Atlantic and collaborates with leading orchestras, conductors, and festivals worldwide. Kopatchinskaja’s discography includes over 30 recordings, among them GRAMMY award-winning Death and the Maiden with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a project which was also re-created as a semi-staged filmed performance with Camerata Bern, premiered on HarrisonParrott’s digital platform Virtual Circle.
Highlights of the previous season included tours of Europe with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico and the Philharmonia Orchestra, a return to the BBC Proms 2022 and her continued residency as Artistic Partner with Camerata Bern.
In the season 2022-23, Kopatchinskaja once again goes beyond boundaries with a daring musical experiment joining forces with Herbert Fritsch and visual artist Jannis Varelas to create a Neo-Dada opera production Vergeigt at Theater Basel. It is Kopatchinskaja’s Artist Spotlight season at the Barbican Centre and she also takes up the position of Associated Artist of the SWR Experimentalstudio, one of the most important international research centres in the field of electronic music.
Kopatchinskaja is a humanitarian ambassador for Terre des Hommes, the leading Swiss child relief agency and was awarded the Swiss Grand Award for Music by the Federal Office of Culture for Switzerland in 2017.