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Graf Mourja (Violin soloist)

Born in Ukraine, in 1973, his mother a singer and his Hungarian father a violinist, Graf Mourja started to learn the violin with his father at the age of three. By the age of nine, he was at the Central School of Music for child prodigies in Moscow, a pupil of Irina Botchkova, one of the leading figures of the Yankelevitch school, who was to remain his teacher until he finished his studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Graf Mourja went on to attend a postgraduate performing course at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Graf Mourja is the winner of numerous international competitions (the Paganini, Genoa 1990, Vianna da Motta, Lisbon 1991, Tchaikovsky, Moscow, 1994, Jacques Thibaud-Ville de Paris, 1996, Sarasate, 1997, Viotti-Valsesia, Rome, 1999, UNISA, Pretoria, 2002…), and was also picked as a Laurиat Juventus by the Council of Europe in 1994.
Graf Mourja records for Harmonia Mundi. The collaboration began in 2000 with a recital in the "Nouveaux Interprиtes" collection. This recording (Ravel, Schnittke, Szymanowski, with Elena Rozanova, piano) has won numerous plaudits from the international press, including a "Choc" distinction from the Monde de la Musique and a fine review in The Strad. It was followed by a recording of Prokofiev's two concertos for Harmonia Mundi's Le chant du monde label.
In November 2002 Harmonia Mundi released a Stravinski-Szymanowski recital with Natalia Gous, his long-standing partner, which received a "10 de Rиpertoire" and "Recommandи par Classica". In January 2004, "Le violon vagabond" (The Wandering Violin), a recording of rare virtuoso pieces for the same publisher, also with the pianist Natalia Gous, carried off all the French awards: "Diapason d'Or", "Choc du Monde de la Musique", "Йvиnement du mois de Rиpertoire / Classica", "Le Choix de France Inter", "Classique d'Or de RTL" in March 2004, and also received an enthusiastic review in "Le Monde". His most recent recording, of Shostakovich's Op. 134 Sonata, was received with a similar accolade in the summer of 2004.
Graf Mourja performs under such conductors as Svetlanov, Ermler, Dmitriev, Simonov, Janowski and Maksymuik. In France, he has been a regular guest of the Thивtre de la Ville de Paris since 1996, and has also performed in the prestigious festivals of Colmar, Menton, Оle de France, Cфte Basque and Divonne - where Christian Zacharias chose him as partner - the Chвtelet theatre in Paris, Radio France, l'Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France…
In February 2005 he performed the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Orchestre Lamoureux directed by Yutaka Sado at the Thивtre des Champs Elysвes in Paris and was invited to play again in November 2006. In 2007 he will perform with the Orchestre National d'Оle de France. He also gives concerts in major concert halls in Italy, Hungary, Great Britain and Korea. In Russia he has long been recognized as the leading violinist of his generation.

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