Yulia Deyneka


Yulia Deyneka is a versatile chamber musician, with tenures as professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy and principal viola of the Berlin Staatskapelle.
She is also frequently to be heard as a soloist with various orchestras, most recently in Schnittke’s Viola Concerto under the direction of Andris Nelsons, and alongside Wolfram Brandl in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante under Daniel Barenboim.
For over 10 years, she has been involved with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, whose viola section is under her tutelage.
As of Autumn 2016, Yulia Deyneka will be a fixed member of the Boulez Ensemble, resident in the newly built Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin.
Over the last 10 years she has received significant musical inspiration from conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta and Simon Rattle, and from soloists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer, Maurizio Pollini, Radu Lupu and Yefim Bronfman.

Yulia was born in 1982 on the Russian island of Sakhalin, and grew up in Moscow.
She began her studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Alexander Bobrovsky, graduated from Rostock University of Music and Drama, where she studied under Felix Schwartz, and gained a soloist diploma from Berlin University of the Arts under Wilfried Strehle.

Since childhood, chamber music has played an intrinsic part in Yulia Deyneka’s artistic development, and continues to be a significant feature of her professional life today.
Chamber music partners have included Boris Brovtsyn, Guy Braunstein, Janine Jansen, Sergey Krylov, Vadim Repin, Denis Matsuev and Jörg Widmann. She is also in demand as a guest at many international chamber music festivals.
Yulia enjoys a longstanding musical connection with Daniel Barenboim. Together, they have performed the major sonatas of the viola repertoire, as well as the great chamber music works with piano.

Yulia Deyneka considers it her artistic responsibility to pass on her considerable experience and musical knowledge to young musicians. To this end, she taught at the Barenboim-Said Foundation Academy in Seville from 2006-2011, and is responsible for the members of the Berlin Staatskapelle’s orchestra academy.

Highlights of recent years include an entire Brahms cycle with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic in the 15/16 season, and also the premiere of Pierre Boulez’s ‘Derive II’ with members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for the opening of the Philharmonie de Paris in January 2015.

In the 16/17 season, Yulia Deyneka will make a double debut as both soloist and chamber musician at the Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Philharmonie de Paris, with the Boulez Ensemble (Boulez – Derive II) and the Berlin Staatskapelle (Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante) under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

She will begin her post as professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, and during the opening month of the Pierre Boulez Hall in March 2017 will perform numerous concerts with artists including Lisa Batiashvili, Michael Barenboim, Francois Leleux, Francois-Xavier Roth and Daniel Barenboim.

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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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