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 age 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 at all the major European halls. He has performed with orchestras such as the Montreal, Vancouver, Lucerne, Göttinger, City of Birmingham, Oregon, Grand Rapids and Singapore Symphony Orchestras; London, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, Malaysian and Brno Philharmonic Orchestras; English and Lausanne Chamber Orchestras; as well as the Residentieorkest The Hague, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, Sinfonia Varsovia, Milano Verdi Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the direction of conductors including Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Kazushi Ono, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap Van Zweden, Jesús López-Cobos, Ion Marin, Yuri Simonov, Louis Langrée and John Axelrod.
Yossif Ivanov has been invited to present recitals at the Menton & Montpellier Festivals (France), Mozarteum Salzburg, Tokyo (Kichijoji Theatre), Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenfest Bonn, the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti Roma, Carnegie Hall (New York), the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montréal, Marseille and Ferrara Musica. As well as his regular recital partners Itamar Golan and Julien Quentin, Yossif has collaborated with Javier Perianes, Ingrid Fliter, Frank Braley, David Kadouch and Plamena Mangova. Yossif Ivanov recently formed a trio with fellow Belgium violinists Lorenzo Gatto and Hrachya Avanesyan: Trilogy, which aims to break down barriers between musical genres, presenting classical masterworks alongside film music and jazz standards.
Upcoming highlights include appearances with the Toscanini Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Pau and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as a tour to China.
His first 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 (Aparté)) also received high critical acclaim.
Yossif Ivanov studied the violin with Zakhar Bron, Igor & Valery Oistrakh and Augustin Dumay. Since 2008, he has taught violin at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the youngest person to ever do so.
Yossif Ivanov plays on the 1699 “Lady Tennant” Stradivarius, kindly lent by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.