Viktoria Mullova studied at the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory. Her extraordinary talent attracted worldwide attention when she won the First Prize at the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 1980 and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982. In 1983, while on tour in Finland, she fled her native country and settled in Washington D.C.
Internationally recognized for her exceptional versatility and musical integrity, she has performed with the world's leading orchestras and conductors. Her insatiable curiosity has also led her to explore all eras, from the baroque to experimental music.
She has collaborated with such prestigious period-instrument ensembles as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Il Giardino Armonico (the Garden Harmony), Venice Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Her album Through the Looking Glass is her first foray into music-making and blends world music, jazz and pop music. Her second album, The Peasant Girl, refers to her Ukrainian roots. Her latest project, Stradivarius in Rio, is inspired by her love for Brazilian music. She has also commissioned works from young composers such as Fraser Trainer, Thomas Larcher and Dai Fujikura.
Her extensive discography for Philips Classics and Onyx Classics has received numerous awards. Viktoria Mullova plays on a Guadagnini or on her 1723 Stradivarius "Jules Falk".