Soloists

Ariafree features great Classical Music Performers. A soloist in music is a person playing music or singing alone, as compared to a musician playing in the orchestra or singing in the choir. See our continuously increasing Soloist site below, built by our community. You would like to feature your star? 

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  Piano

  

Yuja Wang, Pianist

Yuja Wang (Chinese, born February 10, 1987) is a classical pianist. Wang had her breakthrough at age 20 when she replaced Martha Argerich in four concerts and performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Wang has received attention not only for her controlled and prodigious technique in piano playing but also for her eye-catching outfits and glamorous stage presence...read more


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Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa (Ukraine, born 11 December 1973) is a Ukrainian-American classical pianist who resides in North Carolina. Lisitsa independently launched the beginnings of her career via social media, without initially signing to a tour promoter or record company. Lisitsa is among the most frequently...read more

 

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Seong-Jin Cho

Seung-Jin Cho (Korea, born May 28, 1994) is a pianist who is one of the foremost pianists of his generation. He won first prize at the Chopin Competition for young pianists in 2008 at age 14 and he..read more

Anna Vinnitskaya

Anna Vinnitskaya (Russia, born 4 August 1983) is a pianist who won the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. Vinnitskaya was only the second woman in the history of the competition for piano to win the first prize, after Ekaterina Novitskaya in 1968..read more

Evgeny Kissin, Pianist

Evgeny Kissin (Russia, born 10. October 1971) is one of the world's greatest solo pianists and known for performing with enormous virtuosity, intense expressiveness and powerful key touch. At the age of 6, he was discovered as child genius.  read more


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Tiffany Poon, Pianist

Tiffany Poon (18, Hongkong) is currently one of the world's best young talents. Her talent has been discovered when she was 4. At the age of 8 years, she was accepted into the Juilliard School Pre-College Division New York where she just won in 2014 first price...

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Lang Lang, Pianist

Lang Lang (Chinese: born 14 June 1982) is a concert pianist who was the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and some top American orchestras. Lang Lang has received many awards and made many television appearances...read more


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Yeol Eum Son, Pianist

Yeol Eum Son (South Korea, born May 2, 1986) is a classical pianist. She first drew international attention when she appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel in 2004. Her awards include the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2011, in which she also received the Best Chamber Concerto Performances and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work. read more


Haochen Zhang, Pianist

Haochen Zhang (Chinese, born June 3, 1990) is a pianist from Shanghai, China. At age twelve, he became the youngest winner in the history of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. Lang Lang, Yuja Wang and he studied with the same teacher...read more


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Natalie Schwamova, Pianist

Natalie Schwamova (Czech Republic, born August 1999) began to play piano at the age of five. Her biggest success came at the age of 14, in 2014, when she won in the oldest age category for pianists of up to 30 years of age at the Smetana international piano competition. It was the first time in the 50 years history of this competition that someone so young won in this age category... read more

Annie Zhou, Pianist

Annie Zhou (Canada, born 1998) started learning the piano at age four. At five she was the youngest student of any discipline to be awarded a scholarship from the Royal Conservatory School. By age ten, Annie already won national first prize at the Canadian Music Competition for three consecutive years...read more

  

  Violin

Vanessa Mae

Vanessa-Mae (British, born 27 October 1978 in Singapore) is a violinist with album sales reaching several million, having made her the wealthiest entertainer under 30 in the United Kingdom in 2006. She recorded the Beethoven and the Tchaikovsky violin concertos at age 13, the youngest soloist ever to do so. At the age of 17...read more

Nigel Kennedy, Violinist

Since the late 80th, Nigel Kennedy (England, born 28 December 1956), has been acknowledged as one of the world's leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. One of his most unique achievement is.. read more


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Janine Jansen

Janine Jansen (Netherlands, born 7 Jan 1978) is a violinist and violist. She is internationally recognized as one of the great violinists and a truly exciting and versatile artist. She works regularly with the world’s most eminent orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and the New York Philharmonic. She was ...read more


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Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell (America, December 9, 1967) is a violinist and conductor. At the age of 14, Bell appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. Bell made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985, at age 17, with the St. Louis Symphony. Since then, he has performed with many of the world's major orchestras and conductors... read more


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Daniel Lozakovitj

Daniel Lozakovitj (Sweden, born April 2001) began studying violin at the age of six. After only two years, he made his orchestral debut as soloist with the Moscow Virtuosos in Moscow International House of Music. Daniel takes part in various international music festivals read more


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David Garrett, Violinist

David Garrett (German, born Sep 4, 1980) is a violinist who plays classic music as well as pop and rock. With his mix of different styles of music, he is a record-breaking crossover violinist. He won many awards, recorded around 20 albums, 5 DVD’s and played the lead role in the 2013 movie The Devil's Violinist, as the famous 19th-century violinist Niccolò Paganini... read more


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Nicola Benedetti, Violinist

Nicola Benedetti (Scottish, born 20 July 1987) is a classical violinist. At the age of 20 and as one of the youngest recipients of such an award, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Glasgow Caledonian in 2007. In 2011, Benedetti received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh...  read more 


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Augustin Hadelich, Violinist

Augustin Hadelich (German-American, born April 4, 1984) is classical violinist. He was the Gold medalist at the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, has performed with many of the world's major orchestras and recorded 6 CDs under Avie and Naxos label. He was born in Italy and lives in New York since 2004. more


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Mayuko Kamio, Violinist

Mayuko Kamio (Japan, born June 12, 1986) is a violinist who began to play the violin at the age of four. She won first prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2007 at the age of 21. When she was 17 she was featured in the documentary “Playing for Real” by Josh Aronson. She has released four recordings on the SONY and BMG labels and is known for her luxurious silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques...more

Gil Shahan

Gil Shaham (Jewish American, born February 19, 1971) is a violinist. is one of the foremost violinists of our time with his flawless technique and his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit. Shaham was a Grammy Award-winner in 1999 and has extensive recordings with Deutsche Grammophon and other labels. more

  

  Cello

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma (Chinese American, born Oct 7, 1955) is a cellist. He spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of five. He graduated from Juilliard School and Harvard University and has enjoyed a prolific career as both a soloist performing with orchestras around the world and a recording artist. His 90+ albums have received 18 Grammy Awards...read more


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Alisa Weilerstein

Alisa Weilerstein (USA, New York, born April 14, 1982) is a classical cellist whose recording with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle became the BBC music magazine’s Recording of the Year 2013. Her new Decca compilation “Solo” are unaccompanied 20th-century cello music. The album’s centerpiece is Kodály’s Sonata, a signature work that Weilerstein..read more


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  Singer, Aria, Vocal

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Soprano Singer

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (New Zealand, born 6 March 1944) was one of the leading operatic sopranos internationally in the 1970s and 1980s. The sheer beauty of her unique warm full lyric soprano voice has been described as having a platinum tone and regal aura... read more


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Kyle Ketelsen, Bass-Baritone

Kyle Ketelsen (US American) is a bass-baritone has won First Prize in several international vocal competitions. He is in high demand by the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras for his vibrant and handsome stage presence and his distinctive vocalism. His trademark role is Escamillo in Carmen which has been seen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Bayrische Staatsoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the MET. He is celebrated for his role of Leporello in Don Giovanni which is beautifully published by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2009 with Simon Keenlyside as Don Giovanni...read more


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Janai Brugger, Soprano Singer

Janai Brugger (US America, born 1983) is an operatic soprano who has won several major music competitions and has appeared in leading roles with American opera companies. She is very gifted with a supple, beautifully shaded lyric soprano voice...more

Alex Esposito, Bass-Baritone Singer

Alex Esposito (Italy, born in 1975) is considered one of the most interesting talents of his generation. In 2007, he obtained the Premio Abbiati, Italy’s most prestigious critics award as best opera singer for the season 2005/06...more

Albina Shagimuratova, Soprano Singer

Albina Shagimuratova is a Russian coloratura soprano, particularly known for singing the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, which she has sung with Houston Grand Opera, the Salzburg Festival under Riccardo Muti, the Lucerne Festival, San Francisco Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Liceu and The Royal Opera, London. She first came to international attention as the winner of the Gold Medal in the 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. read more

   

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