Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker

Violin

Hamburg-born Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker is one of the renowned German violinists. Joachim Kaiser, the legendary music critic, described her playing as „beguiling“ in its powerful blend of reserve and bravura, of tender restraint and intoxicating spirit and esteemed it as „luck“ that coincidence had allowed him to have become acquainted with Sabrina-Vivian whose CDs in their „vitality, intensity and quality,“ „moved his heart“. Similarly, the world´s leading string music magazine, „The Strad“, not only was enthused about „magical“ moments, „tonal elegance”, „admirable technique”, „fire and temperament” on her CDs featuring violin sonatas by Richard Strauss and Sergei Prokofiev or the Scottish Fantasy by Max Bruch and Mendelssohn´s violin concerto in e-minor, but was thrilled by the „impeccable intonation”, the „honeyed tone”, the „mercurial dexterity” and the „speed and precision” of her CD „Habanera“:  Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker was honored with the Alois-Kottman-Preis in Gold in collaboration with the city of Frankfurt am Main for this CD production. Her latest CD with Delos Music features the entire set of Brahms’ 21 Hungarian Dances in the seldomly recorded version of Joseph Joachim. It was immediately elected “Album of the week” on Classical KUSC radio California - right after the New Years Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic in January 2019. Concert critics admire her innate talent for musical phrasing and Maestro Abbado, former chairman of the jury of the International Abbado Violin Competition said of her playing: „Her musicality is enchanting, her tone is superb, her technique is incredible, her virtuosity extraordinary. Brava, Super Brava, Bravíssima!“ As a soloist Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker has worked with ensembles such as the Bavarian State Orchestra and conductors like Zubin Mehta who characterized her as an “excellent violinist with a huge musicality”. She also shared stage with Andris Nelsons, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and many other conductors. Along with appearances at major concert venues all over the World (Carnegie Hall, Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne / USA, Auditorio Nacionál de Música Madrid), Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker has performed as a soloist at some of the most prestigious Festivals (Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona, Braunschweiger Classix Festival, „Winners and Masters” Munich, „Los Nuevos Solistas” Madrid). She derives particular artistic satisfaction from chamber music (with partners like Fabio Bidini, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Johannes Moser, Dominic Cheli, Rodolfo Leone, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Anna Fedorova and Benedict Klöckner) and devotes herself to it with a special fervor. Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker was first taught by her father. At the age of eleven she made her debut as a soloist at the „European Young Musicians Festival“ in the Philharmonic Hall at the Gasteig in Munich. After coming top in her year with the Abitur (high-school-graduation) she went on to study violin with Max Rostal, Josef Rissin and Jens Ellermann, as well as Zakhar Bron and his assistant Sergei Fatkoulin, at Spain's top music college, the „Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía“ in Madrid. The collaboration with Max Rostal, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Giuliano Carmignola, Andris Nelsons, Zubin Mehta and Placido Domingo have given her valuable inspiration and artistic stimulation. Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker has won 1st prizes at many national and international violin competitions, last at the International Abbado Violin Competition in Milano. She holds the Hofheim am Taunus Bach Award, the „Paolo Borciani“ Prize for chamber music and the „Alois-Kottman-Prize in Gold“. In addition please see: www.sabrinavivianhoepcker.com

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