A violinist who combines outstanding musicianship with dazzling technical command, a tone of exceptional purity, and a magnetic stage presence, Maria Bachmann has been the subject of critical accolades worldwide from the very beginning of her career. The New York Times has hailed her as “a violinist of soul and patrician refinement,” and The Boston Globe has similarly praised Ms. Bachmann as being “astonishing in every musical and technical regard.” Ms. Bachmann has also had the rare distinction of being profiled by Time magazine, as well as by such journals as Mirabella, Fanfare and CD Review.
Among Ms. Bachmann’s numerous competition victories are First Prizes at the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York and the Pro Musicis Foundation Award. These distinctions were followed by acclaimed debuts with the St. Louis Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center with Robert Spano and with Marin Alsop conducting the Pacific Symphony in Los Angeles.
An active guest soloist abroad, Ms. Bachmann has been heard with the Taipei Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, MAV Symphony in Budapest, the Brabants Orchestra of the Netherlands, and with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra on tour in Japan. She has performed recitals in Tokyo, Kyoto, London, Paris, Shanghai, Taipei, Vienna, Budapest, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, New York’s Town Hall, Merkin Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in Boston’s Jordan Hall. Of Hungarian descent, Ms. Bachmann is noted for her performance of Bela Bartok, and was invited by the Library of Congress to recreate the legendary Szigeti/Bartok recital of 1940 in a nationally broadcast performance there.
Highlights of 2010-11 include the release of Maria’s 5th recital CD, Glass Heart, with pianist Jon Klibonoff on the Orange Mountain Music label. The CD includes the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s Sonata for violin and piano (2008), written for Bachmann, and music of Bach, Schubert and Ravel. The disc explores connections between the music of Glass and the other composers. Bachmann and Klibonoff premiered the Glass Sonata in 2009, and were awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s 2010 Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award for Glass Heart.
In spring 2011, Bachmann performs the world premiere of a new work by Jay Reise in Philadelphia on a recital at the University of Pennsylvania. The recital also includes the Philadelphia premieres of the Glass Sonata and works by Paul Moravec. Other highlights of the season include a performance at the Met Museum in New York, and performances at the Inaugural Days and Nights Festival in Carmel, CA in the summer of 2011.