Viktoria Mullova’s extraordinary talent first garnered international attention when she won First Prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition and the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982 which was followed, in 1983, by her dramatic and much publicized defection to the West. She has since appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors and at the major international festivals. Viktoria has had a life-long affinity with Bach and his work makes up a large part of her recording catalogue. The year 2000 saw her venturing into creative contemporary music with the album “Through the Looking Glass” in which she played world, jazz and pop music arranged for her by Matthew Barley. This exploration continued with her second album ‘The Peasant Girl’ which she has toured around the world. Highlights of her 16/17 season include a tour with Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone to the US, Canada and Asia, a tour of France, appearances with Orchestre National de Lyon, Venice Baroque, Il Giardino Armonico at Sommets Musicaux, Gstaad and a tour of Belgium with Le Concert Olympique. Viktoria will also give solo and duo recitals with Katia Labèque throughout Europe. Viktoria either plays on her ‘Jules Falk’ 1723 Stradivarius or her Guadagnini violin.