'Lea Birringer’s tonal radiance and sparkling articulation captivate the senses'
- The Strad-
The German violinist, who completed her musical education with Igor Ozim at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg and with Pavel Vernikov in Vienna, is considered 'one of the most talented
violinists of her generation' (Pizzicato). Verve, passion and 'full-blooded commitment' (Gramophone) are the characteristics which Lea Birringer is most often associated with.
Her musicality is reflected in her numerous awards and prizes, among others at the international violin competitions Johannes Brahms, Kloster Schöntal, Premio Rodolfo Lipizer, Louis Spohr and
Abram Yampolsky. For those extraordinary accomplishments, she was honored by her hometown Saarbrücken with the Cultural Award.
Her debut with the Berliner Symphoniker was followed by invitations to festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the MDR Music Summer, the Usedom Music Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Davos Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Crescendo Winter Music Festival in Florida, as well as appearances in major European music centres, including the Philharmonie Berlin, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Gasteig in Munich, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Maggio Musicale in Florence and the Louvre in Paris.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Lea Birringer collaborated with artists like Igor Levit, Pavel Vernikov, Atar Arad, Barbara Bonney, Eszter Haffner and Wen-Sinn Yang.
In 2011 Lea Birringer had a big chamber music breakthrough in collaboration with her sister and permanent Duo partner Esther Birringer (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.
After their joint debut recording, which was released by Avi-music in 2014 with sonatas by Hindemith, Szymanowski and Respighi, the sister’s second album Lifelines followed in 2018 on the British label Rubicon Classics with works by Grieg, Liszt and Franck: 'This musical adventure is an absolute must for any chamber music aficionado' (Pizzicato).
In 2019, Rubicon Classics released Lea Birringer's album Di tanti palpiti featuring virtuoso works by Sarasate, Paganini, Ravel and Waxman. This album was nominated for both the International Classical Music Awards 2020 and the German Record Critics' Award.
Lea Birringer's solo album Transformation has recently been released with works for solo violin from J. S. Bach to Lera Auerbach. On this album, the violinist bridges the gap between the
baroque and the contemporary and 'reveals the maturity of her art' (SR 2 Kulturradio). The album was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2022 as well as for the Opus
Another CD release followed in 2022 with the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Christian Sinding.
Lea Birringer began playing the violin at the age of three. After graduating from high school, she completed her bachelor's degree with Igor Ozim at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and her
master's degree with Pavel Vernikov at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, both with distinction. She gained important artistic impulses from Stephan Picard and Vadim
Lea Birringer taught as assistant to Pavel Vernikov at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, Site de Sion and has been a guest teacher at the Archi Arrigoni Music Academy in Italy since 2012. In addition, she gave master classes in Europe, Latin America as well as the USA and is a regular jury member at the 'Jugend musiziert' competition. She currently teaches at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar.