Olivia Steindler

Olivia Steindler

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Violinist and blogger
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Olivia Steindler, Italian, was born in Darmstadt (Germany) where she began learning the violin with her father at the age of three. Developing rapidly, she was admitted at the age of four to the “Akademie für Tonkunst” in Darmstadt, and had her first public performance at the age of five. Participating in three consecutive Jugend Musiziert bi-annual German competitions, Ms. Steindler won 1st prizes, each time with honors and a special award for contemporary music. These prizes brought her to the attention of composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina and Alfred Schnittke. At the age of thirteen she was admitted to Valery Gradow’s Junior class at “Hochschule für Musik” in Mannheim from which she graduated in one year. During her continued studies, she was awarded violin and chamber music diplomas from the “Conservatoire de Strasbourg”, “Accademia Walter Stauffer, Cremona”, “Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Milano”, and the “Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris”. She has studied with Franco Gulli, Ivry Gitlis, Salvatore Accardo, Gérard Poulet, and Yehudi Menuhin, the latter of whom encouraged her to “follow her instinct and follow the way of her heart, to play the music who touches her heart.” In 2005, she was invited for her first tour in Asia, where she played Paganini’s complete music for violin and guitar in Singapore. That same year she first accomplished her dream of playing in concert Niccolò Paganini’s “24 Capricci”, thus becoming the first woman to realize this challenge in concert in one evening. Ms. Steindler has now played the 24 Capricci in concert in Italy, Germany and Switzerland, during her second tour in Asia, in both Japan and Singapore, and, finally, in Israel. Her musical choices have lead her to share her work as violinist as a soloist and in chamber music. More and more attracted by ancient music on period instruments, she has joined “Ensemble Matheus” and Jean-Christophe Spinosi for several tours and recordings. Amongst Ms. Steindler awards in Europe are the “Premio Viotti”, “Palma d’Oro”, and the “Paganini Medal”. Olivia Steindler plays a German violin, Jacob Stainer school from 1682 and a classical bow from 1832.
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