Linus Roth


Linus Roth - Violin

Since he won the Echo Klassik Award for his EMI debut album in 2006 Linus Roth has made a name for himself both as one of the most interesting violinists of his generation and as a champion of wrongly forgotten works and composers. His live performances and his recording of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's complete works for Violin and Piano for Challenge Classics have brought him both critical and public acclaim. Roth's commitment to Weinberg is further documented in his recording of Weinberg's Violin Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

After joining Prof Nicolas Chumachenco's pre-college division at the Music Academy Freiburg, Linus Roth continued his studies with Prof. Zakhar Bron in Lübeck and with Prof. Ana Chumachenco at the Academies of Zurich and Munich. Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried and Josef Rissin all strongly influenced his development as a player as did Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose Foundation awarded him a scholarship for the duration of his studies. In 2012 he was appointed Professor for Violin at the "Leopold-Mozart-Centre" of the University of Augsburg, Germany.

Linus Roth has performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestras of the SWR and Berlin, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orquesta de Cordoba, Orquesta de Navarra, Orchestra della Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra of the State Opera Stuttgart, Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and the Munich Chamber Orchestra and has shared the stage with the conductors Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Dennis Russell Davies, James Gaffigan, Hartmut Haenchen Manfred Honeck, Anu Tali, Antoni Wit, among others.

A passionate chamber musician, he can be heard with Nicolas Altstaedt, Julius Berger, Gautier Capucon, Kim Kashkashian, Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Andreas Ottensammer and Jan Vogler and regularly gives recitals with the Argentinian pianist José Gallardo throughout Europe.

Linus Roth has been awarded several high-ranking prizes, including 1st prize at the "International Novosibirsk Violin Competition", 2nd prize at the International Music Competition "Joseph Szigeti" and the 1st prize of the German Music Competition, combined with the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a work by Schumann.

Linus Roth plays the A. Stradivari "Dancla" 1703, kindly loaned to him by the "L-Bank, Staatsbank of Baden-Württemberg, Germany".

Linus Roth - Violine

Seit der Auszeichnung mit dem Echo-Klassik-Preis als „Bester Nachwuchskünstler 2006" für seine EMI Debut CD gehört Linus Roth zu den interessantesten Geigern seiner Generation und hat sich nicht nur mit dem Standardrepertoire, sondern auch mit der Wieder- oder Neuentdeckung zu Unrecht vergessener Werke einen internationalen Namen gemacht. So widmete er sich in Konzert und Aufnahme intensiv dem Schaffen von Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Die im Frühjahr 2013 bei Challenge Classics veröffentlichte und von Publikum und Presse vielbeachtete Einspielung aller Werke für Geige und Klavier von Mieczyslaw Weinberg findet mit der Aufnahme von Weinbergs Violinkonzert mit dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin ihre Fortsetzung.

Nachdem Linus Roth die Vorklasse von Prof. Nicolas Chumachenco an der Musikhochschule Freiburg besucht hatte, studierte er zuerst bei Prof. Zakhar Bron. Darauf folgten mehrere Studienjahre bei Prof. Ana Chumachenco an den Musikhochschulen Zürich und München. Weitere wichtige Anregungen erhielt er auch von Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried und Josef Rissin. Während seiner Studienzeit war er ausserdem Stipendiat der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung. Im Oktober 2012 wurde Linus Roth auf eine Professur für Violine an das "Leopold - Mozart - Zentrum" der Universität Augsburg berufen.

Als Konzertsolist trat Linus Roth u.a. mit dem Orchester der Staatsoper Stuttgart, dem Münchner Kammerorchester, dem Württembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn, den Radiosinfonieorchester des SWR und Berlin, dem Orquesta de Cordoba, dem Orchestra della Toscana Florenz, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Kammerphilharmonie, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo Neapel, Kölner Kammerorchester und Brucknerorchester Linz auf. Zu den Dirigenten, mit denen er zusammenarbeitete, gehören u.a. Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Dennis Russell Davies, Hartmut Haenchen, Manfred Honeck, James Gaffigan, Anu Tali und Antoni Wit.

Als leidenschaftlicher Kammermusiker ist Linus Roth u.a. mit Nicolas Altstaedt, Julius Berger, Gautier Capucon, Kim Kashkashian, Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Andreas Ottensammer und Jan Vogler aufgetreten. Eine jahrelange Zusammenarbeit verbindet ihn mit dem argentinischen Pianisten José Gallardo.

Linus Roth ist Preisträger verschiedener hochrangiger internationaler Wettbewerbe. Er erhielt u.a. 1995 den 1. Preis des Internationalen Violinwettbewerbes Novosibirsk, 1997 den 2. Preis des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs „Joseph Szigeti" und 2003 den 1. Preis des deutschen Musikwettbewerbs. Im gleichen Jahr wurde er auch mit dem Sonderpreis des Schumannhauses Bonn für die beste Interpretation eines Werks von Schumann ausgezeichnet.

Seit 1997 spielt Linus Roth die Stradivari „Dancla" aus dem Jahr 1703, eine freundliche Leihgabe der Musikstiftung der L-Bank Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland.

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Weinberg and Britten Violin Concertos: Gramophone s Editor s choice
2014-07-01 Gramophone Magazine, London
""...the more pertinent comparison is with Vengerov, and while the Russian is peerlessly authoritative, there are plenty of phrases where Roth´s approach is not just equally valid but even a touch more imaginative. In short, an outstanding disc!""
(David Fanning)
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Roth shows breathtaking brilliance
2014-08-01 Gramophone Magazine, London
""...the violin of Linus Roth floating ethereally above placid orchestral textures. A dazzling exhibition of violinistic virtuosity in which Roth shows breathtaking brilliance"."
(Marc Rochester)
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one of the best concerto discs in years
2014-05-24 TheArtsJournal, London
""Weinberg is on form he can be terrific, and this 1959 Violin Concerto is a magnificent beast. It contains everything – dynamism, rhythmic punch and soaring lyricism. You'd be a chump not to find this work thrilling. If any performer can popularise the piece it has to be the phenomenal Linus Roth, whose unflagging energy makes this CD one of the best concerto discs in years. He's marvellous from the of...."

"Roth also includes a stunning account of Briiten´s more familiar concerto. He's a touch more solemn than the superb James Ehnes, helped by gloriously rich, dark-toned orchestral playing which has the effect of placing the piece more firmly in the central European tradition. There's a wonderful lyrical passage six minutes into the first movement – it's extraordinary here, Roth and Kütson making time stand still. Britten's ferocious scherzo is capped by a startling, intense account of the Passacaglia. Unmissable, and recorded in sensational sound too."
(Graham Rickson)
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...while Britten on Roth’s disc has never sounded so soft or soul-baring
2014-06-13 FInancial Times, London
"The real reason for buying Roth's disc is his exceptional Britten concerto: hand-in-hand with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Mihkel Kütson, the German violinist performs open-heart surgery on the music – Britten has never sounded so soft, sensuous or soul-baring – and reveals its stature like no other.
(Andrew Clark)
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this disc is a ‘hit’ on all counts
""In comparison with Janine Jansen, Linus Roth does not disappoint. On the contrary. Always in control, and seemingly easy in the difficult 'Vivace', he is able to let his violin, the 1703 'Dancla" Stradivarius, weep and sing from pp to ff without a single scratch.
...In Roth's rendition Weinberg's violin concerto becomes a worthy addition to the catalogue of the 20th century....I could not find any weakness. Highly recommended without any reservation."
    (Adrian Cue)
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    Made for MacMillan
    2014-09-01 BBC Music Magazine, London
    ""From Ayrshire was originally written for Nicola Benedetti, but is played here with burnished lyricism by German violinist Linus Roth, who scorches the brief, 'fast-reel' second movement with virtuosity. It´s hard to imagine any of these performances being bettered'"
    (Terry Blain)
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