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Maxim Brilinsky

Violinist Maxim Brilinsky, based in Vienna, will also in 2024 be the concert master at our summer academy Opera by the fjord.

Maxim Brilinsky was born 1985 in Lviv in Ukraine. At the age of five, he received his first violin lessons at the music school there and beginning in 2000 continued his education with Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. As of 2005, he studied violin at the Conservatoire Nationale Superior de Musique et de Dance in Paris with Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

After having served as concertmaster for the chamber ensemble "Orchestre d'Auvergne" in the 2006/07 season, he joined the second violin section of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra in 2008. Following another successful audition in 2011, he moved to the first violin section. In the same year he joined the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Maxim Brilinsky was a stipendiary of the Herbert von Karajan Center in Vienna and the Thyll-Dürr Foundation in Zurich. He is the prize winner of many well-known international violin competitions: he won the 4th Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competion in Boulogne-sur-Mer (2002); the 2nd Prize and a special prize at the Paganini Competition" in Genoa (2002); the 2nd Prize at the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen in Germany (2003); the 2nd Prize and a special prize at the Benjamin Britten Competition in London (2004).

Maxim Brilinsky has been leader of the first violin section at the Vienna Philharmonic since 2014. He also became a member of the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle (Vienna Imperial Chapel) in 2018, where he currently holds the position of concertmaster.

In 2020 his recording of Niccolo Paganini's 24 Caprices and „Nel cor più non mi sento“ has been released by Sony Music. This was followed in 2021 by the recording of Eugène Ysaÿe's "Six Sonatas for solo violin op.27" which has been released by Hänssler Classic.

Maxim Brilinsky has been holding masterclasses in Austria at the „Meisterklassen Gutenstein“, masterclasses „Kulturwelten“ and at the Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg.

2024 will be the third year Maxim Brilinsky is visiting our summer academy Opera by the fjord: In 2022 he attended the last part of the academy, and in 2023 he was concert master from the start.

Updated January 2024