Austrian violinist Yury Revich is a force in the classical music world. Making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 18, in less than a decade he has recorded multiple albums, performed all over the world, spearheaded successful projects, dabbled in other forms of art, and has become a passionate philanthropist. Music is always at the heart of what Yury does.
“Music is life, life is full of music!” he said. “Every day and every experience shapes an artist. Music is not something you learn once when you are a child and then play throughout life the same interpretation. It’s changing every time.”
This fourth-generation violinist has the “classical life” in his veins, and that can be seen from the many accolades Yury receives, including 2016 ECHO Klassik Award "Newcomer of the Year" and 2015 International Classical Music Awards "Young Artist of the Year".
Yury finds inspiration wherever he is, from people, situations, artwork, and while working with other artists, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, and actors.
“Anything can inspire and inspiration can hit you in any moment, so be ready for it!” he said.
He just wrapped up his fourth year of Friday Nights with Yury Revich, which is a project that he brought to life in Vienna with Mia Papaefthimiou in 2015. The aim is the support and networking of young talented artists on a local and international level, and the development of an innovative event circle, which brings together music and other forms of art presented through a dialogue between established and young professionals. The concept of Friday Nights is based on a synergy between music, fine arts, applied and performing arts, fashion, theater and dance, aiming to open new perspectives on the cultural field by listening to the arts and seeing the music. Each of the five events in the season has a theme that all the artists bring voice to and raise awareness.
The end of the year continues to be very busy for Yury, as he is releasing his latest EP of Kabalevsky violin concerto, which he recorded in one day in January 2018. After the new year, he is most excited about his tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in England.
Yury is very passionate about the many causes he supports. One week ago he held his fifth Friday Nights with Yury Revich as a Dreamland Gala for UNICEF at Theater an der Wien. He is an official partner with UNICEFAustria and has hosted many events for the cause, including this most recent success.
He has also used his interest in film-making to create pieces to bring awareness to universal issues. In 2014, he created a video titled “#Confusion” that supported deaf awareness and this population’s need for equality and rights. In 2016 he created a video titled “The Homeless” to bring to light the 100 million people who are homeless worldwide.
In 2015, Yury initiated the charity concert series “All for Autism” for the Austrian Umbrella Association for Autism. This musical crossover project attempted to rally different interest groups and through its efforts, Austria gained clearance in 2018 to use universal insurance in the diagnosis of autism. This successful concept is still going strong, and the next concert will take place on April 28, 2019 at the famous Wiener Musikverein.
Yury is very passionate about accessibility of music, including easier classical music pieces in school, or even more classical music in movies and commericals. He also believes smaller organizations and festivals need more support, and people need to invest in new ideas and new artists.
“Classical music is an elite field, but who said elite shouldn’t be accessible?” Yury said.
To discover more about Yury, visit his website.