Icelandic violinist Judith Ingolfsson commands a distinguished position among the world's foremost young musicians. Her artistry was recently heralded as "effortless; her tone ravishingly beautiful, pure and adaptable; her sense of style unerring; and her expressiveness simple, direct and strongly felt (Strings)." Ms. Ingolfsson sprung to international attention in 1998 when she won the Gold Medal at the highly esteemed International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Also a prize winner at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Paganini International Violin Competition, Ms. Ingolfsson was awarded the 2001 Chamber Music America / WQXR Record Award for her debut CD on Catalpa Classics. Of this recording, Fanfare noted "the violinist's unique poetry" and declared the performance "ardent and impassioned. This first collection deserves more thoughtful attention than that almost automatically accorded to the megahyped debuts of hot housed prodigies."
Judith Ingolfsson's performances in 2003-2004 begin with chamber music at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and performances of both the Brahms and Barber Violin Concertos at Wisconsin’s Peninsula Music Festival. She opens the Kalamazoo Symphony Season under music director Raymond Harvey playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto #2, followed by Sibelius’ Concerto with the New Bedford Symphony, the Barber Concerto with Wichita Symphony; the Korngold with Austin Symphony, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Arlington Symphony and Tchaikowsky’s Concerto with Omaha Symphony under Victor Yampolsky. Ms. Ingolfsson makes her debut in Japan under the auspices of the Nippon Music Foundation with a recital in Casals Hall and a performance with the Royal Chamber Orchestra. She will participate in Europe’s Bodensee Festival. She also performs with the Miami String Quartet and the Avalon String Quartet and continues her participation as a performing member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two.
Ms. Ingolfsson’s 2002-2003 included appearances with the Symphony Orchestras of Iceland, Victoria, Vermont, Long Bay, Peoria, Cape Cod and West Virginia as well as the South Carolina and Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestras, and it marked her first season as a performing member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two.
Ms. Ingolfsson made her solo orchestral debut in Germany at the age of eight, and has subsequently been a guest soloist with some of the finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and the National Symphony. Of her performance of the Barber Violin Concerto with the National Symphony, The Washington Post declared that "she played with just the right mixture of easy grace, sonic luster and patrician refinement." In October 2000, Ms. Ingolfsson embarked on an acclaimed 15-city North American tour with the Iceland Symphony that included the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and her compelling performance of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto was hailed by The Los Angeles Times as having "an individuality one cannot ignore." She has collaborated with many renowned conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Raymond Leppard, Jorge Mester and Gerard Schwarz. Other recent highlights include performances with the New Haven Symphony, Memphis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Dayton Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and the New York Pops Orchestra with Skitch Henderson in Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Ingolfsson's Carnegie Hall debut recital in April 2000 affirmed her ascendancy as a rising star. The New York Times stated, "Judith Ingolfsson gave a technically assured and interpretively astute recital...and made her performance a journey to the soulful core. She gave a sizzling account, producing both fireworks and a singing tone." As a recitalist, she has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Grand Teton Music Festival, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Reykjavík Arts Festival in Iceland, Pro Arte Musicale in Puerto Rico, La Asociación Nacional de Conciertos de Panamá and the Macau Cultural Center. Her festival appearances include the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, and the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands.
Ms. Ingolfsson has appeared in numerous radio and television broadcasts. She made her first appearance on Icelandic television at the age of five. Since then her notable performances have been seen on PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, and NHK of Japan and broadcast on countless radio stations internationally. In 1999, National Public Radio's “Performance Today” named her “Debut Artist of the Year” praising her "remarkable intelligence, musicality, and sense of insight."
Ms. Ingolfsson was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 15, where she studied with Jascha Brodsky, legendary first violinist of the Curtis String Quartet and pupil of Eugene Ysaye and Efrem Zimbalist. She went on to receive her Master's degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a pupil of David Cerone and continued her graduate studies at the same institution as a student of Donald Weilerstein, founding first violinist of the Cleveland String Quartet.
Judith Ingolfsson performs on the 1736 Antonio Stradivarius violin, "Muntz," generously provided on loan by the Nippon Music Foundation. She currently makes her home in New York City with her pianist husband, Ronald Sat.
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