The German-Japanese violinist Mirijam Contzen is highly esteemed by the international musical world as a soloist, chamber musician, festival director and professor.
Her playing unites grandeur and technical mastery in the realisation of sophisticated and polished performances.
Her longstanding collaboration with Reinhard Goebel reflects her pronounced interest in forgotten repertoire, such as the violin concertos by Franz Clement (Opus Klassik 2020 and German Record Critics’ Best List 2/2020), Thomas Linley and Franz Lamotte, for which she has been advocating with great enthusiasm ever since. At the beginning of the 2021/2022 season, the recording “NEW MOZART” was released as part of the same-called Sony Classical series, on which the recording of the Violin Concerto in E-flat Major K. 365, once attributed to W. A. Mozart, with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg conducted by Reinhard Goebel was released for the first time since 1965.
She has already worked with leading orchestras, including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the RSO Frankfurt, the Bamberger Symphony, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchstra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
She is also a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the MDR Musiksommer, the Verbier Festival, the Budapest Festival, the Lucerne Festival and the Haydn Festspiele Eisenstadt. Claudio Abbado invited her to his Berliner Begegnungen (Berlin Encounters). Her chamber-music partners include Herbert Schuch, Sebastian Manz, Danjulo Ishizaka, Misha Maisky, Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Emmanuel Ax, Giovanni Guzzo, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Clemens Hagen.
In 2016 Mirijam Contzen was appointed professor of violin at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She plays an instrument by Carlo Bergonzi.