Kolja Blacher studied at the Juilliard School of Music with Dorothy Lelay and with Sandor Vegh in Salzburg. He performed as a soloist all over the world, with orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, NDR symphony, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia and Baltimore Symphony. He had worked with conductors including Kirill Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Mariss Jansons, Matthias Pintsher, Markus Stenz.


In the past five years “Play-Lead” concerts have become the new focus in Blacher’s artistic activities; as a leader – both as a soloist and from concertmaster’s chair – he worked regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Taiwan Philharmonic, Stuttgart Chamber orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Jerusalem Symphony orchestra, Camerata Bern and the Orchestra of the “Kornische Oper” in Berlin.


Blacher has recorded highly acclaimed CDs in collaboration with Claudio Abbado, with whom he has maintained close ties since their time at the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne festival orchestra. His CD with Schönberg’s violin concerto was released in Autumn 2013.


Kolja Blacher teaches at the Hoschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. His father was the Baltic-German composer Boris Blacher. He plays a 1730 “Tritton” Stradivari, generously loan from Ms. Kimiko Powers.