Since winning the Gold Medal of the prestigious International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1998, the violinist JUDITH INGOLFSSON has established herself worldwide as an artist of uncompromising musical integrity, extraordinary technical command and charismatic performance style.
Judith Ingolfsson has been heard with over one-hundred orchestras in the United States, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Abroad, her engagements have included the Bollington Festival Orchestra (UK), Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Jenaer Philharmonie, Neubrandenburg Philharmonie, the Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu (Romania), Saratov Philharmonic (Russia), Royal Chamber Orchestra of Tokyo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, the Iceland Symphony and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. She has collaborated with many of the acclaimed maestri of our time, including Jesus López-Cobos, Raymond Leppard, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwarz, Rico Saccani and Leonard Slatkin. Ms. Ingolfsson was also heard as soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2000 on its highly acclaimed 15-city North American tour, highlighted by performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Judith Ingolfsson's recital performances have taken her to many of the world's leading stages including Carnegie Hall, National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Cleveland Museum of Art, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Reyjavík Arts Festival, Pro Arte Musicale of Puerto Rico, La Asociación Nacional de Conciertos de Panamá, Macao Cultural Center, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Center, the Bargemusic series in Brooklyn and Konzerthaus Berlin. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the Avalon, Miami and Vogler String Quartets and the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two on tour and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Her festival appearances include the Appalachian Summer Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains Music Festival, Finland's Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Germany's Bodensee Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Poland's "New Faces, New Music" Festival and the Spoleto Festival USA. Since 2006, she tours with the pianist Vladimir Stoupel as The Ingolfsson-Stoupel Duo.
Prior to her triumph at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Ms. Ingolfsson was a top prizewinner at numerous national and international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City, the D'Angelo International Young Artists Competition and the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. In 1999, National Public Radio's "Performance Today" named her "Debut Artist of the Year" for her "remarkable intelligence, musicality, and sense of insight." She is also the recipient of the 2001 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award for her debut CD on Catalpa Classics. Her recording of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, available on the BPO Live label, was released in 2007. Her CD "En Hommage: Simon Laks" was released on EDA in 2010. In 2011 Judith Ingolfsson released a highly acclaimed recording of the Ysaye Solo Sonatas on the GENUIN label and, together with the pianist Vladimir Stoupel, a CD on the AUDITE label including works of Shostakovich and Stravinsky.
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland to an Icelandic father and Swiss mother, Judith Ingolfsson began her violin studies at the age of three and gave her first public performance on Icelandic State Television at age five. At the age of eight she recorded as soloist with the Iceland Symphony for Icelandic State Radio and a few weeks later performed her orchestral solo debut in Germany. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1980, and at the age of 14 was admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Jascha Brodsky. She went on to earn her Master's degree and Artists Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Cerone and Donald Weilerstein.
She is currently Professor at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and co-artistic director and founder of Festival International "Aigues-Vives en Musiques" in France.
She performs on a Lorenzo Guadagnini violin, crafted in 1750, and a Dominique Peccatte bow. She also uses a baroque bow made by the modern German maker Bastian Muthesius.
Vladimir Stoupel is an individualist with an extraordinarily rich tonal and emotional palette. The Washington Post recently praised his “protean range of expression” and Der Tagesspiegel Berlin described his performance as “enthralling and atmospherically dense.” His extraordinary technical command allows him to explore the outermost limits of expression, mesmerizing audiences with his musical intensity. After a solo recital, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung granted the pianist a critic’s greatest compliment: “Unforgettable!”
Vladimir Stoupel has been a guest soloist with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the German Symphony Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Russian State Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Staatskapelle Mainz, and the Staatsphilharmonie Kassel. In the United States, he has been heard with orchestras including the Wheeling Symphony, Lancaster Symphony and Lake Placid Sinfonietta. He has collaborated with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Michail Jurowski, Leopold Hager, Marek Janowski, Steven Sloane, Stefan Malzew, Patrik Ringborg, and Günther Neuhold.
Vladimir Stoupel has appeared on many of the world’s notable stages, including Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Hamburg’s Grosse Musikhalle, and Dortmund’s Konzerthaus, to name just a few. Festival appearances include the renowned Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Piano en Valois (France), Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte (Germany), Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, the Helsinki Festival, and Festival La Grange de Meslay in Tours (France). He is a co-artistic director and founder of the international festival "Aigues-Vives en Musiques" (France).
Stoupel’s interest in breaking up the at times rigid incrustations of the concert business and – in addition to the cultivation of the classics – in dedicating himself to the unjustly forgotten “edges of the repertoire” is also reflected in his CD recordings and diverse chamber music activities. Thus, in 2007, he released a CD on the EDA label, entitled "The Life of the Machines", with piano works of the twentieth century by George Antheil, Conlon Nancarrow, Alexander Mossolov, and others. In September 2010, together with Judith Ingolfsson (Violin) and Leonid Gorokhov (Cello), he released a CD "En hommage Simon Laks" and a double - CD with chamber works by Glinka, Borodin and Shostakovich, with Breuninger Quartet. His extensive discography includes Arnold Schoenberg’s complete piano works (auris subtilis, 2001), the complete sonatas of Alexander Scriabin (Audite, 2008) – a highly regarded recording for which he received the Luxemburgian Excellentia Prize, among others – and a recording of the complete works for viola and piano by Henri Vieuxtemps, with violist Thomas Selditz, which was awarded the coveted Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2002.
In recent years, Vladimir Stoupel has also made a name for himself as a conductor. He conducts chamber operas at Konzerthaus Berlin on a regular basis, works with the Philharmonie Neubrandenburg, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Nîmes Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Kammerphilharmonie, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Cuidad d'Oviedo, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille and the Young Europe Philharmonic, among others. A main focus is on the works of the twentieth century and contemporary compositions. Thus, Stoupel gave an extremely successful debut at Iceland's Reykjavik Arts Festival in 2009, where he performed works of contemporary women composers (Sofia Gubaidulina, Frangis Ali-Sade, Lera Auerbach and others) with the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. In March 2012 he conducts numerous concerts with the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt. A French citizen since 1985, Vladimir Stoupel currently lives in Berlin.