The Ukrainian violinist, Valeriy Sokolov, is one of the most outstanding young artists of his generation. Working regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, he has enjoyed collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Cleveland Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, NAC Ottawa , Orchester National de France and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
His partners on stage during his 22-year career were Vladimir Ashkenazi, David Zinman, Susanna Malki, Andris Nelson, Peter Oundjan, Yannik Nezet-Segen, Vasily Petrenko, Herbert Sudan and Juraj Valkuha, Misha Maisky, Gary Hoffman, Leonid Gorokhov. Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Denis Matsuev, Julian Rakhlin, Shimanovsky Quartet, Catherine Stott, Victoria Postnikova and Igor Chetuyev, a successful chamber music project with Lisa Batiashvili and Gauthier Kapuson throughout Europe, including concert halls, including concert halls Amsterdam and London. His regular partner in the chamber repertoire is pianist Yevhen Izotov.
He has appeared in many major European festivals including Verbier and Lockenhaus. He regularly performs at the major concert halls around the world, including Sunday Morning series appearances at Theater du Chatelet as well as the Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Mariinsky Theater, Prinzregenten Theater in Munich and Musikverein in Vienna.
Exclusively signed with Erato records (formerly EMI Classics) Valeriy has developed a strong and varied catalog of recordings, releasing Enescu’s Sonata no. 3 for them in 2009. His first concerto was written by Vladimir Ashkenazy with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Bruno Monsaingeon’s film “un violon dans l’âme / Natural Born Fiddler”, a record of Valeriy’s recital in Toulouse in 2004, received much praise from the critics and continues to broadcast on ARTE TV. In 2010 Valeriy recorded violin concertos of Bartok and Tchaikovsky under the direction of David Zinman and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Since 2016 Valeriy teaches regurlarly at the International Master Classes in Schaffhausen (Switzerland).
Valeriy recently performed performances with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchester de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and the Bournemouth Symphony among others. He has also recently completed a successful tour of a chamber music project with Lisa Batiashvili and Gautier Capuçon throughout Europe, including venues in Paris, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam and London. Highlights of the 2017-18 season include debuts at the Lucerne Festival and with the MDR Leipzig, as well as Valeriy’s subscription debut with the Orchester de la Suisse Romande. This season also sees Valeriy return to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk as well as the Concertgebouw with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. Valeriy wants to begin his role as Artist-in-Residence with the Weimar Staatskapelle,
Born in 1986 in Kharkov, Ukraine, Valeriy is one of the leading violinists to come out of Ukraine in the past twenty years. Valeriy left his native country 13 to study with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. He continued his studies with Felix Andrievsky, Mark Lubotsky, Ana Chumachenko, Gidon Kremer and Boris Kushnir.
He was the first prize winner of the 2005 George Enescu International Violin Competition in Bucharest, Romania.
In 2007 Valery Sokolov signed an exclusive contract with EMI-Classics (now Erato Records), in collaboration with which he has already released three CD. The first to appear was the recording of Enescu’s Violin Sonata, which Valery Sokolov performed together with the pianist Svetlana Kosenko (2007). In October 2011, was recording two concerts by Bartok and Tchaikovsky with the Zurich Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of David Zinman. In 2012, Valery Sokolov’s recorded third CD this is a record a concert in the hall of the Mariinsky Theater (piano – Evgeny Izotov).
In 2019, Valeriy Sokolov continued his collaboration with the Ukrainian agency EDERI MANAGEMENT in the author’s project “Chamber Music with Valery Sokolov” – a series of monthly chamber music concerts in partnership with professional musicians and talented young Ukrainian performers.
Since 2020, Maestro has been leading the INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra as the artistic director of the ensemble.