Biography

Yulia Deyneka is a versatile musician with tenure as a professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy and principal viola of the Berlin Staatskapelle. She is frequently heard as a soloist with various orchestras, most recently in Schnittke’s Viola Concerto under the direction of Andris Nelsons and alongside Wolfram Brandl in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante under Daniel Barenboim. For more than ten years, she has been involved with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, whose viola section was under her tutelage. Since the autumn of 2016, Yulia Deyneka is a fixed member of the Boulez Ensemble, which is resident in the newly built Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin. She is also a member of the String Quartet of the Berlin Staatskapelle, which started its own concert cycle at the Pierre Boulez Hall in the fall of 2017. Over the last ten years she has received significant musical inspiration from conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta and Simon Rattle and also from soloists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer, Maurizio Pollini, Radu Lupu and Yefim Bronfman.

During the 2017/18 season Yulia Deyneka, together with Misha Maisky, will perform Strauss’ Don Quixote with the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin under the baton of Massimo Zanetti. Additionally, Yulia will have several performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin String Quartet at the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin. They will present all of Schubert’s string quartets as well as quintets with established soloists, such as the soprano Christiane Karg and the cellist Frans Helmerson. Together with Emmanuel Pahud and Aline Khouri, Yulia will perform Debussy’s Trio-Sonata in honor of the composer’s 100th anniversary. Besides she is playing a commissioned work by Aribert Reimann for viola, countertenor and piano with Daniel Barenboim.

During the previous season, Yulia Deyneka made a double debut as soloist at the Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Philharmonie de Paris, where she performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Wolfram Brandl and the Berlin Staatskapelle, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Furthermore during the same season she appeared in numerous concerts as part of the big opening of the Pierre Boulez Hall, with artists such as Michael Barenboim, Kian Soltani, Francois-Xavier Roth and Daniel Barenboim, among others. Highlights of the 2015/16 season include an entire Brahms cycle with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as the premiere of Pierre Boulez’s Derive II with members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for the opening of the Philharmonie de Paris in January of 2015.

Since her childhood, chamber music has played an intrinsic part in Yulia Deyneka’s artistic development and nowadays remains a significant feature in her musical career. Chamber music partners have included Boris Brovtsyn, Guy Braunstein, Janine Jansen, Sergey Krylov, Vadim Repin, Denis Matsuev and Jörg Widmann. Yulia enjoys a longstanding musical bond with Daniel Barenboim. Together, they have performed the major sonatas of the viola repertoire, as well as significant chamber music works with piano.

For Yulia Deyneka it is a great responsibility to pass on her extensive experience and musical knowledge to young musicians. From 2006-2011 she taught at the Barenboim-Said Foundation Academy in Seville and is currently mentoring the members of the Berlin Staatskapelle’s Orchestral Academy.

Yulia was born on the Russian island of Sakhalin in 1982 and later grew up in Moscow. She studied at the renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Alexander Bobrovsky, at the Rostock University of Music and Drama with Felix Schwartz, and also at the Berlin University of the Arts with Wilfried Strehle where she obtained her soloist diploma.