Diana Tishchenko

In concert in Salon

Ukrainian violinist Diana Tishchenko is proving herself to be one of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years, and has been praised by The Strad for having "...the power to mesmerize the audience with her large gesture and strong personality ."  Past and upcoming engagements include appearances with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hamburger Symphoniker, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors such as Lahav Shani, Joshua Weilerstein, Yaron Traub, Ion Marin, and Christian Ehwald.  Appearances at major festivals include Salon de Provence in 2019, the Verbier Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, the Internationales Musik Festival Koblenz, and La Folle Journée de Nantes 2019 in the closing concert broadcast to millions worldwide.

On hearing her debut concert with the DSO Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie under Joshua Weilerstein, German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel gave her a glowing review, writing:

“[Tishchenko] compels the listener even in the first measures of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1… With a tone of incessant, nuance-rich intensity, she opens our eyes to the inner drama of this piece [...] Simply genius!”

2018 was a momentous year for her containing several highlights.  In November 2018 she was awarded the Grand Prix Jacques Thibaud at the legendary Long-Thibaud-Crespin International Competition in Paris by jury chair Renaud Capuçon, receiving as part of the prize the loan of a 1754 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from the Anima Music Foundation, and a major label recording with Warner Classics & Erato due for release in autumn 2019.  

In July 2018 Diana was invited to the Verbier Festival as a member of the Academy, where she performed Mozart Violin Concerto No.3 with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and received lessons and masterclasses from Gábor Takács-Nagy, Mihaela Martin, András Keller and Pinchas Zuckerman.  She has always been an enthusiastic chamber musician, and in May 2018 she was selected to participate in "Chamber Music Connects the World", the renowned biennial celebration at the Kronberg Academy, performing chamber music with artists such as Gidon Kremer, Steven Isserlis and Christian Tetzlaff.

Diana is a laureate of several international competitions including the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition 2018, First Prize at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Music Academy Berlin Competition 2017, First Prize at the 2014 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition (Violin and Piano Duo category), the International ARD Competition in Munich and the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in Moscow.

Born in the Crimea, Ukraine in 1990, Diana Tishchenko began to play the violin at the age of six, eventually studying with Tamara Mukhina at the Lysenko Special Music School, Kiev, and with Professor Ulf Wallin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin. At 18 she became a member – and later the youngest ever concertmaster – of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, working with Sir Colin Davis, Franz Welser-Möst, Herbert Blomstedt, Antonio Pappano and Daniele Gatti and performing in Europe´s most renowned concert venues.  During her studies in Berlin Diana was assistant to Professor Wallin, and a later a docent.  Upon graduating she performed Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.2 at the Konzerthaus Berlin conducted by Lahav Shani.  Further musical inspiration during her years of study was provided by Boris Kuschnir, Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, Saschko Gawriloff, Steven Isserlis and Sir András Schiff.