About

Acclaimed as “a player of impressive authority and presence” (The Strad) and “one of the top violinists of tomorrow” (Diapason), Yossif Ivanov, has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting violinists of his generation. At the age of 16 he was awarded First Prize at the Montreal International Competition, and two years later the Second Prize, as well as the Public Prize, at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

Over the past seasons Yossif Ivanov has made acclaimed debuts in all the major European halls. He has performed with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Vancouver Symphony, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Lucerne Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Milano Verdi Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Luxemburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, as well as all major Belgian orchestras.

He has collaborated with well-known conductors such as Neëme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Kazushi Ono, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap Van Zweden, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Ion Marin, Yuri Simonov, Louis Langrée and John Axelrod.

In 2010 he was invited to tour North America with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (under Vladimir Jurowski) and made his Asian debut (Malaysian Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestras).

Yossif Ivanov has been invited to play recitals at a.o. the Menton & Montpellier Festivals (France), Mozarteum Salzburg, Tokyo (Kichijoji Theatre), Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenfest Bonn, the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti Roma, Carnegie Hall (New York), and the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montréal.  As well as his regular recital partner Itamar Golan, Yossif has collaborated with the Ingrid Fliter, Frank Braley, David Kadouch and Plamena Mangova.

Highlights of 11/12 included debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Bruch), Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI (Bartók 2), Vancouver Symphony (Mendelssohn), Oregon Symphony (Dutilleux), as well as return visits to the Brabants Orchestra (Bruch), Orchestre National d'Ile de France (Brahms), etc.

Future orchestral projects include debuts with the Polish Chamber Orchestra in Stuttgart (Beethoven), Hong Kong Sinfonietta (Chausson and Ravel) and several Belgian orchestras.  Future recital engagements include performances at the Montreal Chamber Music Society, Brussels (Bozar), as well as a tour in Italy (Ravenna, Ferrara and Imola).

His debut recording on the Ambroisie/Naïve label (sonatas by Franck,Ysaye & D'Haene) was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’Année.  Both his concerto recordings (concerti by Bartók & Shostakovich, as well as a Dutilleux-CD) also received high critical acclaim.

Yossif Ivanov has studied the violin with Zakhar Bron, Igor & Valery Oistrakh and Augustin Dumay. Since 2008 he is the youngest violin teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Yossif Ivanov plays on the 1699 “Lady Tennant” Stradivarius, kindly lent by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.

  • Birmingham Post

    "...instinctive musicality which draws such
    elegantly communicative tone..."- Birmingham Post
  • La Libre Belgique

    'A natural prodigy!"
    - La Libre Belgique
  • Diapason

    "Brilliant Playing"
    - Diapason
  • NRC Handelsblad

    "Every note is pure magic with
    Yossif Ivanov" - NRC Handelsblad
  • The Strad

    “A player of impressive authority
    and presence” - The Strad