Yossif Ivanov was awarded the First Prize at the Montreal International Competition at the young age of 16, and the Second Prize as well as the Public Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition at the age of 18.
Over the last years he has made acclaimed debuts in all major European cities such as London (London Philharmonic Orchestra), Berlin (Konzerthausorchester), Paris (Salle Pleyel, Cité de la Musique and Louvre), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Vienna (Konzerthaus), Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Geneva (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande). He got very good press for his orchestral debuts in the USA (on tour with London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski) and in Asia (Malaysian Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestra).
Yossif Ivanov has been invited to play recitals at, among many others, the Menton and Montpellier Festivals in France, the Philharmonie Essen and the Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany, the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti Roma, the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montréal. Apart from his regular recital partners Itamar Golan and Philippe Ivanov, he also collaborated with the pianists Ingrid Fliter, Frank Braley, David Kadouch and Plamena Mangova.
As an orchestral soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest The Hague, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Lille and all the major orchestras in Belgium. He has worked with well-known conductors such as Neëme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap Van Zweden, Kees Bakels, Yuri Simonov, John Axelrod and Yoel Levi.
Highlights of the recent and future seasons include his debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, the Orchestra di Milano Verdi (conducted by Muhai Tang), the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, the Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos), the Green Bay Symphony and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also reinvited to perform with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (two concerts in Belgium) and with the Orcheste Philharmonique de Liège (concerts in Warsaw, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Brussels and Liège), and will play recitals in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
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. His first concerto CD, a coupling of the first concerto of Shostakovitch and the second of Bartók, was very well received by the musical press. For his second orchestral disc, which includes works of Henri Dutilleux, Yossif Ivanov has collaborated with the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon and Kazushi Ono.
Yossif Ivanov has studied the violin with Zakhar Bron, Igor and Valery Oistrakh and Augustin Dumay. 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.
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