German violinist Lea Birringer has meanwhile established herself as a widely acclaimed artist on international stages. Eulogised by the press as being “a new star in the musical
firmament”, the young violin player combines charm, emotion and virtuosity, all to the great benefit of her audiences.
Lea Birringer’s international career began at the age of 14 with her solo debut at the Berliner Philharmonie. Since then, she has been invited to international festivals, like the Salzburg Festival, MDR Musiksommer, Davos Festival, Crescendo Winter Music Festival in Florida, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or the festival LuganoMusica.
Other highlights of recent years include, among others, performances at Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Louvre Paris, Musikverein Vienna, Gasteig Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence.
She has been able to demonstrate her versatility and broad repertoire, which also includes contemporary pieces as well as lesser-known works, due to her collaboration with renowned orchestras such as the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Münchner Symphoniker, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Jena Philharmonie, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven and Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss/Rhein.
This season's concert highlights include her debuts with the Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester and Robert Schumann Philharmonie, as well as appearances at the Usedomer Musikfestival and the Milverton Concert Society.
Lea Birringer is prizewinner at the international violin competitions Kloster Schöntal, Premio Rodolfo Lipizer, Louis Spohr and Abram Yampolski. In 2008 she was the top winner of the international competition Johannes Brahms. In addition, she has been a long-time scholarship holder of the German Music Foundation.
For those extraordinary accomplishments, she was honored by her hometown Saarbrücken with the Cultural Award.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Lea Birringer collaborated with artists like Pavel Vernikov, Paul Rivinius, Atar Arad, Barbara Bonney, Eszter Haffner, Wen-Sinn Yang and Igor Levit.
In 2011 Lea Birringer had a big chamber music breakthrough in collaboration with her sister and permanent Duo partner Esther (Piano). The siblings caused a furor by winning two prestigious international chamber music competitions consecutively, Premio Vittorio Gui and Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera Città di Pinerolo. Since then the Duo has received numerous invitations from chamber music festivals and concert series, and has impressed audiences with their stylistic and original interpretations of works from both the standard and modern repertoire.
Lea and Esther Birringer’s debut CD featuring Duo Sonatas by Szymanowski, Hindemith, and Respighi was released under great critical acclaim.
Lea Birringer started playing the violin at the age of three. While still in school, she was admitted into the Leopold-Mozart-Institute for Encouraging Highly Talented Students in Salzburg. After her A-levels, she obtained her bachelor degree at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg under Igor Ozim, followed by her masters with Pavel Vernikov at the Conservatory in Vienna. She graduated both universities with honors.
From 2012 to 2013 Lea was teaching as assistant of Pavel Vernikov at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, Site de Sion. Additionally, she gave masterclasses at the Crescendo Winter Music Festival in Florida and was invited to be member of the jury at the German violin competition "Jugend musiziert". At present, she is guest teacher at the Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni in Italy.