One of the most inspiring violinists of our time, Tatiana Samouil is in constant demand as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
An ambassador of the Russian School, she starred alongside Yuri Bashmet at the closing ceremony of 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi (Russia) performing for a live audience of fourty thousand people, as well as an almost three billions online broadcast, worldwide. It comes as no surprise that her name appears in The Golden Book of Twenty to Twenty First Century Talents of Russia, stored in the Kremlin Palace. »Samouil's strong-willed, passionate and inspired playing is the direct continuation of the best traditions of Russian violin school« (Kultura, Moscow, June 2002).
EDUCATION & COMPETITIONS
Born into a family of eminent musicians, Tatiana was constantly surrounded by music. From the age of 3 she was already playing piano, only to discover her voice on the violin two years later. At this age she also displayed a precocious interest in composing her own music. The key moment for her came when she was nine years old. She played her debut with the National Orchestra of Moldova, under the baton of her father, Alexandru Samoila, and was so moved by that experience that she decided to dedicate herself to the violin.
Tatiana Samouil was selected by the Russian »New Names Program« at the age of fourteen and commenced an active touring at the most prestigious concert halls of Russia and Europe, performing also in the Vatican Residence for the Pope John Paul II, at the UN Headquarters in Geneva and for UNESCO in Paris. She moved to Moscow as a young girl in order to study with the legendary Maia Glezarova at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. There, she obtained her Soloist's Diploma with extraordinary mention. She then moved to Belgium to continue her studies with the great Igor Oistrakh at Brussels Conservatory. Under his guidance, and in a period of only three years, Tatiana Samouil won prizes at seven of the most prestigious international violin competitions, most notably the »Tchaikovsky International Competition« in Moscow (2002), the »Queen Elisabeth Competition« in Brussels (2001), the »Michael Hill International Competition« in New Zealand (2001) and the »International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition« in Helsinki (2000).
Presently, she is performing around the world, despite her near fatal accident in 2014. It left her hospitalised for a long period, unsure of whether she would be able to walk or play the violin again. Her recovery is nothing short of miraculous. Tatiana's comeback concert happened to be in no less then »Salle Gaveau« in Paris, live, recorded on French TV.
This season alone, Tatiana Samouil will be performing in the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Seoul Art Center and Flagey in Brussels, along with performances in New York, Sochi, Moscow, Amsterdam, Izmir, Istanbul and Saint-Petersburg.
She often shares the stage with other great musicians of our time; Yuri Bashmet, Denis Matsuev, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Augustin Dumay, Frans Helmerson and Gary Hofmann have performed alongside her. Tatiana has enjoyed performing with the conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Christian Arming, Kazushi Ono, Dmitry Liss, Gilbert Varga, Jean-Jacques Kantorow and many others.
Tatiana Samouil has performed with numerous notable orchestras: the Belgian National Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, »Novaya Rossiya« Orchestra, Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Khabarovsk Philharmonic, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Bayerisches Kammerorchester, Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, Izmir State Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Salta Symphony, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Odessa Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmonica de Montevideo (Uruguay), Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Budapest), Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Lisbon) and South Czech Philharmonic.
As a founding member of Malibran quartet, Tatiana is breaking ground, exploring the magical repertoire of a string quartet.
Tatiana is a passionate pedagogue. She is Professor of Violin at the prestigious Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elisabeth) as well as at the Antwerpen Royal Conservatory in Belgium. She is also Professor of Violin at the Musikene Superior Arts Center in San Sebastián (Spain). As a permanent member of Yuri Bashmet Academy, she gives masterclasses all over Russia. Tatiana is regularly invited to perform with Yuri Bashmet and his »Moscow Soloists« Orchestra, as well as »Novaya Rossia« Symphony.
Since 2003 Tatiana has been regularly touring South America. After a successful debut in Teatro Colon, she was invited to perform in Presidential Palace in Santiago and at Quinta Vergara Open Air Festival for 10.000 people. The longtime collaboration was marked by a recording of the Luis Gianneo Violin Concerto with Salta Philarmonic for Sony Classical record label, the State project dedicated to 200 years anniversary of Argentina. The success of this CD brought it to the nomination for the »Best Classical Release of Latin America 2009«.
Tatiana Samouil's numerous recordings and distinguished discography mirror her musical passion and adventurous spirit. Besides recording for Sony Classical, Tatiana has nearly 20 CD's. Her recording of works by Eugène Ysaÿe with the Liège Philharmonic under the baton of Jean-Jacques Kantorow received »Diapason d'Or«, the highest award of the French Music Magazine »Diapason«.
The recording projects of the near future will continue to explore the Belgian heritage with the string quartets of Albrecht Huybrechts as well as a new recital CD »The French Touch« with David Lively.
Over those years, Tatiana had a privilege of long term performing and recording on phenomenal instruments, like the Guarnerius del Gesu violin »ex-Vieuxtemps«, the Antonio Stradivarius »ex- Kreisler«, as well as a violins of Jean Baptist Vuillaume and Francois Pique.
At present, Tatiana is playing on a Nicolo Gagliano (1770) and a modern violin of Christian Bayon, built specially for her.