Alissa is a highly gifted young violonist. She has a beautiful, singing tone, excellent technique and a strong musical personality.
- Martha Argerich
She is one of the most promising violonists in her generation. An excellent violonist and musician.
- Yuri Bashmet
She is a brilliant young violonist, with a strong technique, grace and warm, deep sound. […] She is a wonderful and very natural musician.
- Mischa Maisky
Alissa Margulis was born in Freiburg, Germany, into a family of Russian musicians.
At the age of four she started to learn the violin and the piano with Prof. Wolfgang Marschner. She made her first public appearance at the age of seven with the Budapest Soloists. At the age of ten she won the first prize at the Spohr Youth Competition and at the German national competition Jugend Musiziert within the same year.
Three years later she was invited by Zakhar Bron to study in Lübeck and Cologne. In 2005, Alissa Margulis entered Brussels Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth to follow the class of Mr. Augustin Dumay. Alissa Margulis followed further masterclasses by Salvatore Accardo, Pierre Amoyal, Yuri Bashmet, Ana Chumachenco, Ida Haendel, Hermann Krebbers, Shlomo Mintz, Igor Oistrakh, Menahem Pressler and Vladimir Spivakov. Alissa currently is a student of Pavel Vernikov and Julian Rachlin.
Alissa Margulis is a prize winner of many international music competitions such as the Viotti Vercelli Competition in Italy, the Wieniawski Competition in Poland, the Novosibirsk Violin Competition, the Osaka Chamber Music Competition, the UNISA String Competition in Pretoria, the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence or the Andrea Postacchini Competition in Italy.
Among her many awards, Alissa Margulis received the Pro Europa Prize awarded by Daniel Barenboim in Berlin (2002), the Nouveau Laureat du Festival Juventus in Cambrai (2004) and numerous scholarships by international foundations like the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Marie Luise Imbusch Stiftung, the Förderkreis Mannheim or the Verbier Festival and Academy.
As a privileged chamber music player, Alissa Margulis collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud Capuçon, David Geringas, Ivry Gitlis, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Francesco Piemontesi, Dora Schwarzberg and Lilya Zilberstein.
Alissa Margulis performs in the most prestigious halls like the Bozar in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Izumi Hall in Osaka, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Schönberg Hall in Los Angeles, the Tel-Aviv Art Center, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Beethovenhalle Bonn or the Walton Arts Center Chicago.
She is a regular guest at the Davos Festival, the Encuentro di Musica Santander, the Gstaad Festival Yehudi Menuhin, the Oleg Kagan Festival Kreuth, the Kronberg Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival, the Martha Argerich Presents: Odyssey in Ljubljana, the Progetto Martha Argerich Festival of Lugano, the Radio France Festival in Menton at Côte d’Azur, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Tours Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Herbstfestspiele Baden-Baden and the Verbier Festival.
As a soloist she played among others with the Belgian National Orchestra, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Beethovenorchester Bonn, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and the SWR and the WDR Rundfunkorchester.
Alissa Margulis appeared on the 2006 and 2007 editions of the EMI boxset recordings of Progetto Martha Argerich : Life from Lugano with works by Brahms, Messiaen and Schnittke. She also took part in the EMI recording of Shostakovich’s piano quitet, together with Mischa Maisky and Martha Argerich. On her latest recording she joins again musicians such as Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky for playing music works by Shostakovich, Janacek and Piazzolla; this CD was released by EMI Classics in 2009.
Alissa Margulis is also featured on a TV broadcast of Arte devoted to the Chamber Music Connects the World project.
She plays a Guadagnini Violin dated 1754, a private loan from Jonathan Moulds.