The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts studied violin and composition in St. Petersburg and attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Itzhak Perlman. In 1998 he won the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, as the youngest first prize winner in the history of the competition.
He is devoted to the great orchestral repertoire but also to contemporary and seldom-played works. He has premiered compositions by Peter Maxwell Davies, Augusta Read Thomas, Christophe Bertrand and Michael Jarrell.
Ilya Gringolts has performed with leading orchestras around the world such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, the Maler Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Bamberg Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony.
Ilya Gringolts is also first violinist of the Gringolts Quartet, which he founded in 2008 and which has enjoyed great success at the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Edinburgh Festival and Teatro La Fenice in Venice among others. As a keen chamber musician, Ilya Gringolts collaborates with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, David Kadouch, Nicolas Altstaedt and Jörg Widmann.
Ilya Gringolts plays a Giuseppe Guarneri «del Gesù» violin, Cremona 1742-43, on loan from a private collection.