Russian-born virtuoso violinist Marianna Vasileva is one of the leading musicians of her generation, gaining praise from music critics, audiences and fellow musicians for displaying “ a truly unprecedented violin technique, resonant tone, and digitally precise intonation…breezy confidence and light-hearted intelligence that she brings to her performances “.
Born in St. Petersburg into a musical family, she started her violin studies with her father at the age of five, also playing duos with her pianist mother, and performing her first concert aged seven. Later she studied with such eminent teachers as Vladimir Ovcharek, (St. Petersburg Conservatoire), Dora Schwarzberg, (Vienna High School of Music) and Zakhar Bron, (Cologne High School of Music).
Marianna has won first prizes at many prestigious international competitions, including the Glazunov Competition Paris, the Wieniawski Violin Competition, the Prague Spring Music Competition, the Violin Competition Sion Valais, “2000 Virtuosi” St. Petersburg, Hannover Shostakovich Competition and the Spohr Competition, Weimar, where she also won a violin as part of the first prize.
With over 40 concertos in her repertoire, Marianna performs worldwide, having appeared with such artists as Krzysztof Penderecki, Shlomo Mintz, Thomas Sanderling, Itamar Golan, Saulius Sondeckis, Victor Yampolsky, Vadim Gladkov, Miroslav Sekera, the Amernet String Quartet, and was invited by Vladimir Spivakov to participate at his famous festival in Colmar, also receiving high praise following a performance for the great cellist Rostropovich. She is also one of the few violinists in the world who performs all Paganini 24 Caprices in a single concert.
Marianna Vasileva began her teaching career as an assistant to Professor Zakhar Bron at the Interlaken International Academy, Switzerland, and currently teaches at the Katarina Gurska School of Music in Madrid, and Be’er Sheva Music Conservatory in Israel, where she resides.