Repin, Vadim , Russian violinist; b. Novosibirsk, Aug. 31, 1971. He was a pupil of Zakhar Bron at the Novosibirsk Cons. When he was 11, he took 1st prize in the junior division of the Wieniawski competition in Poland. At age 13, he appeared with Yevgeny Kissen in the inaugural recital of the 1984 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, and subsequently made appearances in his homeland. In 1987 he made his British debut as soloist with the BBC Phil, at the Lichfield Festival. After capturing 1st prize in both the Tibor Varga (1988) and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (1989) competitions, he toured extensively. During the 1990–91 season, he appeared as soloist with the Minn. Orch., toured Germany with the London Phil., and gave recitals in Paris, London, Frankfurt am Main, and Salzburg. In 1991 he toured the U.S. and Germany with the State Sym. Orch. of Russia, and also made his North American recital debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. In subsequent seasons, his tours took him all over the world. Repin’s playing is a tribute to the time-honored Russian tradition of violin virtuosity, most notable for its seemingly effortless technical display and élan.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire