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Valeriy Sokolov - NOSPR

Valeriy SokolovViolin

photo by Simon Fowler

The Ukrainian violinist, winner of the George Enescu International Violin Competition in Bucharest, Valeriy Sokolov is one of the most outstanding artists of his generation.

Working regularly with the world's leading orchestras, he has enjoyed collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de Paris, Cleveland Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

He works frequently with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Zinman, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Charles Dutoit, Cristian Măcelaru, Peter Oundjian, Rafael Payare, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Juraj Valčuha and Kirill Karabits. He has appeared in many major European festivals including Verbier and Lockenhaus, and in 2017 made his recital debut at the Lucerne Festival. Valeriy Sokolov regularly performs in the major concert halls around the world with highlights including regular Sunday Morning series appearances in Théâtre du Châtelet as well as at the prestigious Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Mariinsky Theatre, Prinzregenten Theater in Munich and Musikverein in Vienna. As an active chamber music performer he has collaborated regularly with Gary Hoffman, Gérard Caussé, Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux, Nelson Goerner and others.

The 2022/2023 season sees Valeriy Sokolov return to Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to deliver several concerts of Violin Concerto by Sibelius and a CD recording of the concerto under the baton of Santtu-Matias Rouvali, to Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo twice – with Kazuki Yamada and Stanislav Kochanovsky, to Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra with Karel Deseure. Also this season, he will be Artist in Residence with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, which will result in a number of orchestral and chamber projects with the orchestra and collaborations with Stanislav Kochanovsky and Roberto Abbado.

The 2021/2022 season saw Valeriy Sokolov return to the SWR Symphonieorchester and Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo with Juraj Valčuha, to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with Charles Dutoit, to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Kirill Karabits, and give debut performances with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Nicholas Collon, with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai alongside his close collaborator Juraj Valčuha, and with Kristiansand Symfoniorkester under the baton of Lina González-Granados. Valeriy Sokolov regularly performs with Evgeny Izotov in recital as well as with his own piano trio alongside cellist Gary Hoffman; last season they returned to perform at La Chaux-de-Fonds.

He has developed a strong and varied catalogue of recordings with Erato Records (formerly EMI Classics), releasing Enescu’s Sonata No. 3 in 2009. His first concerto DVD was of the Violin Concerto by Sibelius under Vladimir Ashkenazy and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Bruno Monsaingeon’s film Un violon dans l’âme (Natural Born Fiddler), a record of his recital in Toulouse in 2004, received much praise from the critics and continues to be frequently broadcast on In 2010 he recorded Violin Concertos of Bartók and Tchaikovsky under the direction of David Zinman and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

He has recently given performances with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR-Sinfonieorchester, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra among others.

Born in 1986 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Valeriy Sokolov is one of the leading violinists to come out of Ukraine in the past twenty years. He left his native country age 13 and have completed his studies with Natalia Boyarskaya, Felix Andrievsky, Mark Lubotsky, Ana Chumachenco, Boris Kuschnir and Gidon Kremer in London, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Vienna.

Valeriy Sokolov is a 2005 winner of the George Enescu International Violin Competition in Bucharest.


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