The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will bring violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja on board for the 2014-15 season as an artistic partner. The SPCO will be the first American orchestra to present the Moldova native in concert.
In a statement Thursday, SPCO president Bruce Coppock called Kopatchinskaja "the most ravishingly intense and virtuosic musician I have heard in a very long time."
Coppock said the violinist draws from her Eastern European roots, a rigorous traditional training and "a seemingly limitless imagination to create performances that are completely convincing, utterly compelling and downright spectacular."
Kopatchinskaja is now based in Bern, Switzerland, and regularly collaborates with the London Philharmonic. She was recently nominated for a Grammy for solo work of Bartok, Eotvos and Ligeti.
"I am thrilled and eager to make music with the SPCO and look forward to exploring new worlds and frontiers with these wonderful musicians," Kopatchinskaja said in a statement. Her first major project with the SPCO will focus on weaving traditional folk music and classic works that come from Eastern European influences.
You can catch a glimpse of her work here.