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Judith Ingolfsson

  • Violinist


A native of Iceland, Judith Ingolfsson made her debut as orchestral soloist in Germany, at the age of eight. In the United States, she has been heard with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Austin, Bakersfield, Binghamton, Boulder, Bozeman, Dayton, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Kenosha, Lexington, Louisville, Memphis, New Haven, Omaha, Pacific, Roswell, San Diego, San Juan, South Carolina, Vermont, Victoria, West Virginia and Wichita; and she has collaborated with many of the acclaimed maestri of our time, including Jesus López-Cobos, Raymond Leppard, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerard Schwarz and Leonard Slatkin. Ms. Ingolfsson was also heard as soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra on its 2000 15-city North American tour, highlighted by a performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, while, abroad, her engagements have included England’s Bollington Festival Orchestra, Germany’s Brandenburgisches Staatorchester Frankfurt, Jenaer Philharmonie and Neubrandenburg Philharmonie, the Czech Republic’s Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania’s Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu, Russia’s Saratov Philharmonic, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Tokyo and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, with which she recorded the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto for the orchestra’s BPO Live label.

Highlights of Judith Ingolfsson’s current season include performances with the Austin, Bakersfield and Las Cruces symphony orchestras and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. With her husband, pianist Vladimir Stoupel, she also tours throughout the United States and Europe with The Ingolfsson-Stoupel Duo.

Judith Ingolfsson’s recital performances have taken her throughout the United States and around the world: National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Cleveland Institute of Music, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Reykjavík Arts Festival, Pro Arte Musicale of Puerto Rico, La Asociación Nacional de Conciertos de Panamá, Macao Cultural Center and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Center. With pianist Vladimir Stoupel, she has performed in Germany, Italy and on Brooklyn’s famed Bargemusic series. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the Avalon and Miami String Quartets and the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, and has appeared, both on tour and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. Her festival appearances include the Appalachian Summer Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Finland’s Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Germany’s Bodensee Festival, Switzerland’s Menuhin Festival and the Orlando Festival in The Netherlands. 

Judith Ingolfsson has frequently appeared on radio and television broadcasts, beginning with a performance on Icelandic TV at the age of five. Since then, she has been seen on PBS, "CBS Sunday Morning" and Japan’s National Broadcasting Company (NHK). In 1999, National Public Radio’s "Performance Today" named her "Debut Artist of the Year" for her "remarkable intelligence, musicality, and sense of insight." She is also the recipient of the 2001 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award for her debut CD for Catalpa Classics, featuring a varied program ranging from Bach to Ned Rorem. Spring 2008 saw the release of her recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, available on the orchestra’s own label.

At the age of 14, Judith Ingolfsson was admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she pursued studies with the legendary violinist and pedagogue Jascha Brodsky. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Cerone, and continued her graduate studies at the same institution while working with Donald Weilerstein. Prior to her triumph at the Indianapolis Competition, Ms. Ingolfsson, who began violin studies at the age of three, was a prize-winner at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City and the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. In 2008, she concluded two years of service on the faculty of the College of Music of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the Fall of 2008, she was appointed Professor on the distinguished faculty of the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.

In 2006, Judith Ingolfsson was appointed to the faculty of the College of Music of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She performs on a Lorenzo Guadagnini violin, crafted in 1750.