Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

Graf Mourja

Graf Mourja began playing the violin at the age of three with his father. At the age of nine, at the Central Music School of Moscow, he became a pupil of Irina Botchkova, a disciple of Yankélévitch. She will remain her teacher until the end of her studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He then moved to London for an advanced training course with Mateja Marinkovic at the Royal Academy of Music.

He is a laureate of numerous international competitions (Paganini in Genoa in 1990, Vianna da Motta in Lisbon in 1991, Tchaikovsky in Moscow in 1994, Jacques Thibaud-Ville in Paris in 1996, Sarasate in 1997, Viotti-Valsesia in Rome in 1999, Lipizer in Gorizia in 2000, Unisa in Pretoria in 2002 …). He records at Harmonia Mundi. The collaboration began in 2000 with a recital in the collection Les Nouveaux Interprètes. This disc (Ravel, Schnittke, Szymanowski, with Elena Rozanova at the piano) is very well received in the international press, and gets a Clash of the World of Music and praise from the Strad. This is followed by the recording of Prokofiev’s two Concertos, for Harmonia Mundi’s label The World Song. In November 2002, a new recital appeared at Harmonia Mundi (works by Stravinski and Szymanowski, with Natalia Gous on piano). He is rewarded with a 10 Repertoire and a Recommended by Classica.
The vagabond violin, published by the same publisher, receives the Diapason d’Or, the Clash of the World of Music, it is Record of the Month in Classica / Repertoire, Golden Classic of RTL, it is selected by Le Monde and by The Strad, and the Figaro gives as title to his criticism “A lord of the violin”. His CD Shostakovich, published by Alpha, with two other Laureates Juventus: Arthur Schoonderwoerd on piano and Marie Hallynck on cello, is greeted with such enthusiasm: “equaling David Oistrakh”, or again, the Sonata … “finds under his bow a other evidence than under that of his dedicatee “(Oistrakh).

He plays under the baton of conductors like Svetlanov, Ermler, Dmitriev, Simonov, Janowski … In France, the Theater of the City of Paris has regularly invited him since 1996, and have joined other places of choice: festivals de Dijon, Menton or Divonne – where Christian Zacharias chose him as a partner, the Châtelet, Radio France, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the National Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Ile de France … Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Korea are also countries where he plays in the biggest cinemas. In 2004, Graf Mourja received the title of Artist Emeritus of Russia. Since 2005 he has been regularly invited as a jury member for national and international competitions.

He is currently a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. His master classes take place in the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In June 2010, Graf Mourja won the Gold Medal – Grand Prix at the prestigious Violin Masters Competition in Monte Carlo.
He plays a violin made in Cremona by Lorenzo Storioni in 1776.