Yossif Ivanov


Yossif Ivanov was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and has been playing violin since the age of five. At the age of 21 years, he already has an impressive list of musical prizes and concert appearances.

He is an award winner of numerous competitions including the Menuhin International Competition in the UK. Most notably he was awarded the First Prize at the Montreal International Music Competition at the young age of 16. In 2005, he was awarded not only the Second Prize (Eugène Ysaÿe) at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels but he also scooped the Public Prize. At the Midem Classical Awards in 2006, he received the Outstanding Young Artist award.

Yossif Ivanov was named as the ECHO Rising Star by the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels for 2005-2006 and as part of the prize has performed a recital tour which included Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Cité de la Musique (Paris) as well as Symphony Hall Birmingham. These venues are added to an ever-increasing and impressive list of concert venues which span Europe (Louvre, Festival de Radio France and Festival de Menton in France), the US (Haverford Youth Festival), Canada (The Ladies’ Morning Musical Club, Festival Lanaudière) and South America. In April 2007, he made his debut in London, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop.

As an orchestral soloist, he has been invited to perform concertos with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, National Polish Radio Orchestra Katowice, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra and all important Belgian orchestras. He worked with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marin Alsop, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Paul Goodwin, Yoav Talmi, Jaap Van Zweden, Damion Iorio, Joana Carneiro, David Stern, Louis Langrée, and Pierre Bartholomée. In recitals, he is accompanied on the piano by Itamar Golan, Frank Braley, Daniel Blumenthal and Luc Devos.

Highlights of the forthcoming seasons include another invitation with London Philharmonic, a tour in Spain with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, recitals in Philharmonie Essen, deSingel in Antwerp and Bozar in Brussels, debut concerts with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Residentieorkest The Hague, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Brabants Orkest and the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Marseille.

In November 2006 his first CD on the Ambroisie/Naïve label was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’Année, the most important recording industry award in France, presented to the best recordings of the year. During the next season, two new recordings will be released : a second recital CD with Itamar Golan, and a recording with Royal Flemish Philharmonic conducted by Jaap Van Zweden.

A student of Zakhar Bron in Lübeck, and then of Igor & Valery Oistrakh at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and of Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music, where he finished his studies in June 2007.

Yossif Ivanov plays on a violin of Matthieu Devuyst of 2006.

CD: FRANCK, C: Sonata for violon and piano in A major – YSAYE, E: sonata for violin solo opus 27 and D’HAENE, R: Sonata for violin and piano – Ambroisie/Naïve 2006-AMB 102