Maria Bachmann

Biography

A student of Ivan Galamian and, after Galamian's death in the early '80s, Szymon Goldberg at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, violinist Maria Bachmann made her professional debut in 1987 at Town Hall in New York after taking top honors at the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in Vienna. She has since established herself as a leading concert and recital hall artist throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Bachmann is Read more best-known as an ardent supporter of new music; she has premiered many new works, including those by George Rochberg, Leon Kirchner, Albert Glinsky and Paul Moravec. Her 1993 debut recording for BMG features twentieth-century pieces (the earliest was composed in 1941 by Messiaen), played in collaboration with award-winning pianist Jon Klibonoff. But she is not exclusively a new-music performer; a disc of the violin concertos of Beethoven and Mendelssohn (BMG again) received warm reviews.

Chamber music is also a key ingredient of Bachmann's career. She has appeared in concert and on compact disc with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and since 1993, she has performed with the Bachmann-Klibonoff-Fridman Piano Trio. Beginning in 1994, the trio had a distinguished multi-year run as the resident ensemble at WQXR-FM in New York City. Bachmann plays a violin made for her by the late American luthier Sergio Peresson. Read less