"Aylen Pritchin is obviously gifted with something special to say and with an outstanding musical culture”
“Aylen shows a luminous sound and an imperial right arm, augering a brilliant career”
Russian violinist Aylen Pritchin has, in recent years, firmly established himself as one of the most interesting and versatile young rising stars of the international concert stage.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Aylen studied with Pr. Elena Zaitseva in his hometown and at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he studied with Pr. Eduard Grach. In 2014, Aylen was awarded First Prize at the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition. He was a former major prize winner at the Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, Sion-Valais, Kreisler and Oistrakh International Violin Competitions.
His career has led him to perform in Russia and abroad, including Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Vietnam and Japan; In such prestigious venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Stockholm Musikaliska, Salzburg Mozarteum, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Hall in Moscow and the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris.
Recent appearances and collaborations
His recent orchestral solo performances included the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, MusicAeterna Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Tatarstan National Orchestra or I Pomeriggi Orchestra among others.
He performs under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Teodor Currentzis, Maxim Emelyanychev, Cornelius Meister, Mikhail Gerts, Valentin Uryupin, Yuri Simonov, Dorian Wilson, Shlomo Mintz and Roberto Benzi.
Aylen also enjoys playing chamber music regularly with such artists as: Maxim Emelyanychev, Lukas Geniusas, Yury Favorin, Alexander Melnikov, Maxim Rysanov, Vladimir Mendelssohn or David Geringas.
The 2018/19 season sees Aylen touring with Teodor Currentzis and the MusicAeterna Orchestra with the Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, in Russia and Japan, as well as being a guest soloist of the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra performing the Korngold’s violin concerto in Moscow. The concert was broadcasted live on Internet. He made his debut with the Transilvania Philharmonic Orchestra in Cluj (Romania) and with the Cannes Orchestra in France under the baton of maestro Roberto Forés-Veses. In April 2019 Aylen Pritchin made his recital debut in Vancouver and Toronto (Canada) together with his duo partner pianist Lukas Geniusas.
The 2019/20 season includes his return to the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra with the Dvorak violin concerto, a collaboration with the Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Dmitry Vasilyev as part of the Siberian Symphony Orchestra Festival, a tour in Germany with the Russian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Alexei Utkin (Cologne and Wablingen) and a Japan’s tour in which he plays with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra under Christian Arming and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra under Michiyoshi Inoue. Among Aylen’s major recital dates in the 2019/20 season is La Folle Journée in Nantes.
Highlights of the 2020/21 season feature him with Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Fedosseiev (Elgar), Saint-Petersburg Symphony Orchestra/Vladimir Petrenko (Tchaikovsky), Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria /Maxim Emelyanychev (Schnittke 2), Toulouse Orchestre National du Capitole/Maxim Emelyanychev (Prokofiev 2), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra / M.Bakauskas, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra/Y.Simonov.
The 2021/22 season include Aylen’s debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra as well as re-invitations with major orchestras such as the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra and the Taiwan National Symphony.
Highlights of the 2022/23 season include Aylen’s debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under their Principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He embarks on a tour in Asia with two more debuts : the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Arming and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Yip Wing-sie. Recitals include a performance at the Hong Kong Concert Hall in a Beethoven-Richard Strauss program with pianist Rémi Geniet, as well as at the Tokyo’s Toppan Hall in a Medtner, Janáček, Ravel, Enescu program with pianist Tomoki Kitamura. In August 2023 he will join Maxim Emelyanychev for a performance at the Dubrovnik International Festival.
In December 2017 the Russian label Melodiya published Aylen Pritchin’s third album with Prokofiev´s works for violin and piano with Yury Favorin. Two other albums include Russian music for violin (Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Desyatnikov) and works for piano trio with Lukas Geniušas and Alexander Buzlov. In August 2019, the label Ad Vitam Records released his latest cd dedicated to solo violin music with some of the most important and significant of the 20th century, including the first edition ever of Tema con 8 variazioni by the composer Jean Françaix.
In 2021, Aylen Pritchin and Maxim Emelyanychev’s album dedicated to the Brahms Violin Sonatas and recorded on period instruments has been released on Aparté and has received glowing reviews.
In 2023, a CD “Debussy-Hahn-Stravinsky” with pianist Lukas Geniusas has been released on Mirare Productions. The album has been awarded a Choc de Classica (France) and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplaten Kritik (Germany).
Aylen is currently teaching at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and at the Hochschule “Robert Schumann” in Düsseldorf.