Appreciated for her expressive and very emotional performances, Alissa Margulis (violin) regularly plays in important concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Kölner Philharmonie, Wiener Musikverein, Sumida Triphony Hall Tokyo, the Sage Gateshead, the Tonhalle Zürich and the St Petersburg Philharmonia Hall.
Born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians, Alissa Margulis studied in Cologne with Zakhar Bron, in Brussels with Augustin Dumay and in Vienna with Pavel Vernikov. She won numerous prizes at international violin competitions and was awarded the “Pro Europa” prize of the European Foundation for Culture. She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists and has performed since then with numerous orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, “New Russia” State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Ankara, and the Kremerata Baltica, amongst many others. Alissa Margulis worked together with famous conductors: Ivor Bolton, Jacques Mercier, Arnold Katz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Dmitry Liss, Jaap van Zweden, Enrique Mazzola, Daniel Raiskin, Fabrice Bollon, Stefan Vladar and François-Xavier Roth to name just a few of them.
Besides her solo career Alissa Margulis is an enthusiastic chamber music player and collaborates with artists such as Alexander Buzlov, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Bruno Giuranna, Mischa Maisky, Gabriela Montero, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Lars Vogt. She further appeared at various festivals: at the George Enescu Festival Bucharest, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, in Davos, Tours, Stavanger Festival, at the Mozart Week Salzburg, “Spannungen”-Festival in Heimbach and others.
Her discography includes more than a dozen CDs at labels such as EMI Classics, Oehms, Novalis, Avanti Classic and CAvi. Notably two of the six EMI Classics releases of the Martha Argerich and Friends series received a Grammy nomination, several others won the Diapason D’Or. Margulis recorded repertoire by Mozart, Shostakovich, Enescu, Beethoven, Messiaen and others as well as the complete music for violin and piano by Franz Liszt. She recorded Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons and took part in an all Klezmer recording alongside musicians such as Myriam Fuks, Roby Lakatos, Evgeny Kissin, Polina Leschenko and Mischa Maisky. Last season she played concerts in Europe, Lebanon, South Africa, Aruba, the USA, at venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and the Verbier Festival, among many others.