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Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Place of birth: 
Moldavian/ Austrian

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (born 1977 in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova, former Soviet Union) is a Moldovan-Austrian violinist.

Kopatchinskaja comes from a family of musicians, where her parents were both musicians with the state folk ensemble of Moldova, with her mother Emilia Kopatchinskaja a violinist and her father Viktor Kopatchinsky a cimbalom player. While her parents were on concert tour through the former Eastern bloc, she grew up with her grandparents. She started playing the violin at age 6.

In 1989, the family emigrated to Vienna. Kopatchinskaja entered the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna at age 17, where she studied musical composition and violin. At age 21, she won a scholarship to study in Bern, at the Musikhochschule, where her teachers included Igor Ozim.

Kopatchinskaja has played with almost all important European orchestras including Vienna, Berlin and London Philharmonic. She regularly plays in Japan and Australia and recently also extended her activiy to the United States, South America, Russia and China. In February 2014, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra named Kopatchinskaja one of its new Artistic Partners, effective with the 2014-2015 season.[4] And in 2020 she will serve as artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival in the USA.

Kopatchinskaja, her Swiss neurologist husband,[5][6] and their daughter live in Bern, Switzerland. She plays a violin built by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (Turin) in 1834.