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Israeli violinist Lir Vaginsky was born in 2003 in Berlin and started to play the violin at the age of 7.

Her extraordinary musical talent was discovered and nurtured at a very early stage. Lir has performed in concert halls worldwide and is regular guest soloist of renowed festivals and orchestras. Hightlights of past seasons feature performances in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie, Berliner Philharmonie with orchestras such as Hamburg Camerata, Unter den Linden Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin and many more. Recently, she was performing alongside the world famous composer and producer Max Richter at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

 

Vaginsky was furthermore a member of the LGT Young Soloists, a string ensemble of exceptionally fine young musicians. Togehter with this ensemble, she appeared as soloist at the Tonhalle in Zürich and played at festivals such as Rheingau, Merano and Dresden Music Festival. As a member of the LGT Young Soloists, Lir was the youngest violinist in history to record as soloist two CD’s under the label RCA Red Seal (Sony Music).

 

Lir started her musical education with her first violin teacher Lena Mazor at the Conservatory Givatayim in Israel. In 2012, Lir studied for five years as a “Jungstudentin” with Prof. Tomasz Tomaszewski and afterwards with Professor Latica Honda-Rosenberg at the University of the Arts in Berlin. In 2020, she was a Student of Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy. Lir is currently being coached and taught by international renowned violinist Marc Bouchkov. Vaginsky was invited to attend and play at master classes of Haim Taub, Andras Schiff, Augustin Hadelich and David Geringas.

 

Lir is a laureate of the Ysaye, Young Paganini” and the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition. In addition, she was awarded first prize and special prizes at the German national “Jugend musiziert” competition. Lir holds a scholarship of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation and was awarded the title “GEWA artist.” As a co-founding member of the concert series “Prelude Concerts”, she represents the Berlin-based chamber music young artists section. Thanks to the support of the Kalliope Foundation, she performs on a 1810 Louis Pajeot bow.

Lir plays currently on a very fine violin by G.B. Guadagnini from 1745, kindly loaned through the Beare’s International Violin Society. 

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