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Simon Luethy

Only 19 years of age, Simon Luethy has already won numerous national and international competitions. In 2016, he claimed special prizes at the "Andrea Postacchini" in Italy and at the "Young Paganini" in Poland. In 2017, he gained third awards at the "New York Artists Association" in the USA as well as at the International Music Festival "MUSIC ISLAND" in Germany.

Born in 2000 in Augsburg, Germany, the young violinist received his first lessons from Margret Niklas and Jorge Sutil. Since the age of twelve, Simon Luethy has been instructed by Kirill Troussov in Munich, "a violinist of world-class caliber" (H. Budweg, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Master classes with Rudens Turku, Prof. Petru Munteanu, Kristóf Baráti, Alexandra Cousonova and Prof. Zakhar Bron have been a source of inspiration. Since 2015, Simon Luethy has been a junior student of Prof. Zakhar Bron at the Zakhar Bron Academy in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Orchestras and Festivals everywhere in Europe ask for Simon Luethy as soloist or chamber musician. He has already worked with artists like Enrico Pace, Kristóf Baráti, Kirill Troussov, István Várdai, Alexandra Troussova, Christoph Poppen and the Apollon Musagète Quartet.

An unforgettable highlight has been his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Simon Luethy has performed with orchestras like the "Taurida State Symphony Orchestra St. Petersburg", the "Sudecka Philharmonic Orchestra", the "Geringas Chamber Orchestra", the "Augsburger Kammerorchester" and the "Kammerphilharmonie Dacapo München" conducted by Georgios Balatsinos, Pawel Przystocki, Bernd-Georg Mettke, David Geringas, Zakhar Bron and Franz Schottky respectively.

As highlights of the season 2018/19, he will perform at the "Hercules Hall of the Munich Residenz" and at the "Gasteig" in Munich. In addition, he will excel as soloist with the  "Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie" conducted by Eckart Manke.

Since 2017, Simon Luethy has been playing on a Nicola Gagliano, a privately loaned violin.

Nicola Gagliano

Nicola Gagliano of Naples is considered to be one of the most important Italian violin makers of the 17th and 18th century, after Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù of Cremona. His violins are recognized for their superior craftsmanship and sound quality.

The violin Simon Luethy is playing, since 2017, was created at the peak of the craftsman's career between 1765 and 1770. It is one of the most beautiful instruments ever made by Nicola Gagliano. The body is made of a very valuable birds-eye maple and features a magnificent gold-orange varnish. The violin is in excellent condition, making it truly one of a kind.

Teacher

Kirill Troussov, "one of the most gifted violinists of his generation" (H. Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung), has been instructing Simon Luethy for a number of years in his hometown, Munich. With great passion, he instils his love for detail and his superior technique.

Tutored and guided by Sir Yehudi Menuhin at a young age, Kirill Troussov has gained international acclaim as one of the leading violinists of his generation. He works with renowned orchestras and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals. The international press describes his playing: "... impressive elegance, his irreproachable technique, his exceptional musical sensitivity and his sonorities of immaculate beauty ..."

He completed his training with Zakhar Bron and Christoph Poppen. His mentors included Igor Oistrach, Herman Krebbers and Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari violin "Brodsky" of 1702, on which violinist Adolph Brodsky performed the world premiere of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, on the 4th of December 1881.