Yulia Deyneka


Yulia Deyneka is Principal Violist of the Staatskapelle Berlin, a position that she has held since 2005, while she was still completing her studies. She appears regularly as a soloist with the Staatskapelle, most recently in a performance of Alfred Schnittke’s Viola Concerto under Andris Nelsons, as well as with Wolfram Brandl in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante under Daniel Barenboim. She received important artistic impulses from conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta and Simon Rattle, as well as soloists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer, Maurizio Pollini, Radu Lupu and Yefim Bronfmann.

Deyneka has also been Principal Violist of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2003. Concert tours have taken her - both as Principal Violist and as a soloist - to Ramallah, Buenos Aires, Salzburg, Lucerne and the BBC Proms in London. Deyneka performed Pierre Boulez’s “Derive II” with members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the opening concert of the Philharmonie Paris in January 2015.

Born on Sakhalin Island in 1982, Yulia Deyneka was raised in Moscow, where she received her first violin lesson at the age of seven at the Gnessin State Musical College. She later transferred to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s Special Music School, where she discovered the viola. She studied with Professor Alexander Bobrovsky until she moved to Germany in 2001. She subsequently received her diploma at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock and completed her graduate recital under Wilfried Strehle at the UdK Berlin.

Yulia Deyneka shares a close chamber music partnership with Daniel Barenboim: together, they have performed the most important sonatas of the viola repertoire and the major works of chamber music with piano. In addition, Deyneka appears regularly at international chamber music festivals in Jerusalem, Annecy and Utrecht. Her chamber music partners include Boris Brovtsyn, Guy Braunstein, Janine Jansen, Nikolaj Znaider, Sergey Krylov, Michaela Martin, Vadim Repin, Denis Matsuev, Frans Helmerson and Jörg Widmann. This season sees Deyneka performing Johannes Brahms’ complete chamber works for strings with Guy Braunstein and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Philharmonie, as well as concerts featuring Mozart’s piano quintets with Elena Bashkirova, Michael Barenboim and Julian Steckel in the Musikverein in Vienna.

Yulia Deyneka is a strong advocate of the development of young musicians. She is an active mentor of the Staatskapelle Berlin’s Orchestra Academy; from 2006 to 2011, she also taught at the Music Academy of the Barenboim-Said Foundation in Sevilla. Many of her students have since gone on to secure positions at orchestras in France, Germany and Spain.

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NameDeyneka, Yulia
Born inRussia, Europe
Home LocationBerlin, Germany
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Russian,  German 
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2016-03-30 Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin

Im dritten Teil seines Brahms-Zyklus zeigt Guy Braunstein: Es zahlt sich aus, beim Spielen ein Risiko einzugehen. Und Yulia Deyneka betört an der Bratsche 


Aber da ist ja noch Yulia Deyneka! Ihre Bratsche hat vor allem im dritten Satz – Agitato – einen großen Auftritt. Deyneka betört mit Weichheit und einem Melos, das Klangräume in der Tiefe öffnet.

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