Alexandra Tirsu loaned 1717 ‘Reifenberg’ Stradivari

The violinist received the violin from the Stradivari Society of Chicago and will perform on the instrument in a host of upcoming engagements

Violinist Alexandra Tirsu holding the 1717 ‘Reifenberg’ Stradivari violin

The Stradivari Society of Chicago has announced the loan of the 1717 ‘Reifenberg’ Antonio Stradivari violin to Moldavian violinist Alexandra Tirsu.

The ‘Reifenberg’ violin has been played by a host of renowned violinists, including Jacques Thibaud, Nathan Milstein, Jaime Laredo and Salvatore Accardo. Most recently, it has been in the hands of Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

’Welcome to The Stradivari Society, Alexandra! We look forward to the “Reifenberg” Stradivari inspiring your music,’ said the society, who is facilitating the loan through a generous patron.

Photo: Matthew Tolzmann
Photo: Matthew Tolzmann
Photo: Matthew Tolzmann

Prior to this current loan, Tirsu played on a 1699 Stradivari violin that was used by renowned violinist Ida Haendel for most of her career.

Tirsu completed her undergraduate studies with Pavel Vernikov in Vienna and Janine Jansen in Sion. She won third prize and the audience award at the 2021 ARD Competition and is also a laureate of the 2018 Seoul International Music Competition and 2014 Osaka International Competition.

Tirsu’s 2023/24 season brings her to Seoul, Korea, where she makes her debut with the Korean Chamber Orchestra as well as her debut in the Isarphilharmonie (Munich) with the Bavarian Youth Orchestra playing Britten Violin Concerto, and Romanian Athenaeum (Bucharest). She has recently performed in concert halls such as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Herkules Saal and Prinzregententheater in Munich, the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Seoul Arts Center, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and the Beijing Concert Hall.

She has performed under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Ronald Zollman, Gabriel Bebeselea, Dmitri Jurowsky, among others, and has collaborated with musicians such as Ivry Gitlis, Daishin Kashimoto, Razvan Popovici, Uto Ughi, Diemut Poppen, Boris Brovtsyn, Vladmir Landsmann, Svetlana Makarova, Sol Gabetta, Lawrence Power and Patricia Kopatchinskaja. An advocate of bringing violin music to wider audiences, she regularly collaborates with the music-comedy duo Igudesman & Joo.

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Debut at Isarphilharmonie

Alexandra Tirsu makes her debut at Munich's famed Isarphilharmonie as part of a 5 concert city tour with the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra where she performed Britten's Violin Concerto along with Maestro Vitali Alekseenok.

Photo Credit : Alexander Kremer

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Alexandra Tirsu steps in for Bomsori Kim

Alexandra Tirsu stepped in last minute for South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim, who had to cancel because of illness.
Tirsu performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic and Maestro Daniel Geiss.

Photo Credit : Mirko Hertrich

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Alexandra Tirsu receives Ida Haendel`s Stradivari

London's J & A Beare has loaned the 1699 Ida Haendel Stradivarius to the 30-year-old Moldovan-Romanian violinist Alexandra Tirsu.

The 1699 Stradivari violin formerly played by Polish-born violinist Ida Haendel will be played by Alexandra Tirsu. The loan was facilitated by Beare’s International Violin Society through J&A Beare’s.

’Delighted to play on the Ida Haendel Stradivari on loan from JP Charitable Foundation,’ said Tirsu on social media. She will play the instrument for her debut recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, on which she will perform ’Exciting and very personal repertoire: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto,  Beethoven Romances and a Violin Concerto written and dedicated to me by amazing Paul Lorenz,’ she continued.

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with Ex Ida Haendel Stradivari © Damián Posse Photography

Interview fro PRIMA ORA Moldova (in romanian )

Alexandra Tirsu wins Audience Prize and the Third Prize at ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

Alexandra Tirsu wins Audience Prize and the Third Prize at the ARD International Music Competition 2021. Additionally she was awarded the Prize for the best 20th Century Work ( For Enescu 3rd Violin Sonata ) as well as Gewa and Henle Prize.

First Prize was awarded to Seiji Okamoto and Second Prize to Dmitry Smirnov.

Ard International Music Competition was held in Munich, Germany from 7-12 of September 2021.

Listen to finals :

ARD Finals

To read more about the finals:

Alexandra Tirsu – CMC – Crans Montana Classics (Video)

Michael Guttman , Alexandra Tirsu , Elise Lehec, Jing Zhao .