Guest of the Opera
Lidia Baich is regarded as one of the most fascinating violinists of the young generation. The Austrian who was born in St. Petersburg received her first violin lesson from her grand-father when she was just 4 years old. She then went on to study with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna. Aged eight she won her first international competition, at the age of 18, her outstanding musical performance earned her the first place in the 1998 Grand Prix d‘Eurovision and the title „European Musician of the year”.
Concert tours have taken Lidia Baich to Japan, China, Russia, Britain USA, Korea, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil. She plays recitals as well as a soloist with the world’s top orchestras (the New York Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France a.o.) and conductors (Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Temirkanov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Bertrand de Billy a.o.). She is also a passionate chamber musician and has performed at many festivals including the Wiener Festwochen and Salzburger Festspiele. Her discography includes CD with Violin Concertos by Mendelssohn and Prokofiev with the RSO-Orchestra Vienna/Bertrand de Billy (Deutsche Grammophon 2008), and two recordings with pianist Matthias Fletzberger: CD/DVD Violin in Motion (Deutsche Grammophon 2011) a CD with Violin Sonatas by Richard Strauss and Joseph Marx (label Preiser 2014). Since 2014 she has been also teaching at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Another concern of Lidia is the promotion of young talents; she presents young musicians, holds master classes, plays special concerts for children and also serves as a jury member at prestigious violin competitions such as the Eurovision- or the Menuhin Competition. Lidia plays a violin made by Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù „ex Guillet” in 1732, made available to her by courtesy of the Austrian National Bank.
Photo: Petra Benovsky