Kolja Blacher – violin
Kola Blacher was born and grew up in Berlin. His father was the Baltic-German composer Boris Blacher. He currently lives with his family in Berlin and teaches at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule for Music. He has performed world-wide as a soloist, with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, NDE Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia and Baltimore Symphony orchestras, under conductors including Claudio Abbado, Matthias Pintscher, Dmitry Kitajenko, Mariss Jansons, Daniel Harding and Markus Stenz. His repertoire ranges from solo works from Bach to Berio, the classical-romantic core repertoire, and contemporary music for violin and orchestra. He plays a 1730 ‘Tritton’ Stradivari violin, generously on loan from Ms. Kimiko Powers.