"It is this eloquence which ensures that listening to soloist Mirjam Tschopp is truly an experience, for we cannot help but participate, in aural and almost scenic terms, in the tale told by Ahmed Saygun's epic work."
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Since her debut as a soloist at thirteen, Mirjam Tschopp (born in Zurich in 1976) has enjoyed a varied international career as violinist and viola player, with both instruments featuring equally in her activities. In both recital and chamber music programmes, she switches easily between violin and viola.
Her keen interest in 20th and 21st century music has led to close collaboration with contemporary composers. Among other works composed specially for her, Mirjam Tschopp premiered the 3rd violin concerto by Nicolas Bacri to great acclaim, with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Her recordings for cpo of the violin and viola concertos by Ahmed Adnan Saygun were enthusiastically reviewed in the musical press, leading to invitations from eminent orchestras.
She has performed in the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie Berlin, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall London, the Kosciuszko Foundation New York, the Philharmonie Köln, the Beethovenhaus Bonn, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Glazunov-Hall in St. Petersburg, the Tonhalle Zurich, at the Lucerne Festival and at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. Her extensive concert tours with the Mutter’s Virtuosi took her in 2011 and 2013 to some of the most prestigious venues in Germany, Austria, China, Taiwan and Korea. Producer Adrian Marthaler portrayed her in numerous productions (a.o. with Bach’s Chaconne) for Swiss TV.
She appears as a soloist with such orchestras as the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Berliner Symphonics, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Camerata St. Petersburg, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Ankara, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester, the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle, the Symphony Orchestra Basel, the Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and has worked with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, José Serebrier, Pinchas Steinberg, Howard Griffiths, Ari Rasilainen, Gürer Aykal, Matthias Foremny, Luis Gorelik, Rengim Gökmen, Shao-Chia Lü and Edmond de Stoutz.
Passionately fond of chamber music, she has made a name for herself in ensembles including Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Mandelring-Quartett, Josef Suk and Maximilian Hornung. As Duo TschoppBovino with pianist Riccardo Bovino she has devoted herself since 2004 to the sonata repertoire. From 2010 to 2015 she performed to outstanding success with her Italian-Swiss piano trio Trio des Alpes.
The only prize-winner of the 2000 Max Rostal Viola Competition in Berlin and recipient of the «Swiss Ambassador’s Award», she was supported by the Society of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. She studied violin with Aïda Stucki Piraccini, Franco Gulli and Herbert Scherz and viola with Christoph Schiller. Further studies took her to Thomas Brandis, Herman Krebbers and Rainer Kussmaul. Shortly after her linguistic Matura, she passed her teaching, concert and soloist diplomas with distinction.
Mirjam Tschopp is a fervent pedagogue, and teaching plays an important role in her life: From 2007 to 2012 she held a teaching post for violin and viola at the Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck, where she also taught pedagogy and chamber music. Since 2013 she has been teaching at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zurich and at the Austrian Master Classes. Furthermore she is a jury member of several competitions and at the Music Conservatoires in Lyon and Lausanne/Sion and is active in the school-project «Rhapsody in School».