Pilar Policano

Debut at Luzerner Sinfonieorchester on June 21st 2024

Violinist Pilar Policano, winner of the Grand Prix at the V. Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, winner of the first prize in the “Junior” category at the International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, unanimous winner of the jury prize and first prize winner at “Nouvelles Etoiles Paris 2022” is praised for her immense musicality, maturity and natural talent.

Born in Buenos Aires in 2007, she began playing the violin at the age of six at the Lanús Orchestra School. From 2019 to 2022 she studied under Rafael Gíntoli. In 2022, she moved with her family to Vienna, where she studies with Boris Kuschnir at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

Since 2023, she has also attended the renowned Perlman Music Programme Summer School in New York (USA), studying with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. She also took part in “The Morningside Music Bridge” at the New England Conservatory, Boston, USA (2022), the international festival “Moscow Meets Friends”, Russia (2021) and the “Festival Siete Lagos” in Argentina (2020).

Pilar has participated in masterclasses with international artists and teachers such as Midori, Ray Chen, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Daniel Strabawa, Pavel Berman, Catherine Cho, Williams Van Deer Sloot, Tadeusz Gadzina, Nicolas Datricourt, Roberto Gonzalez-Monjas, Stefan Jackiw, Merry Peckham and Xavier Inchausti, and has won numerous prizes at competitions in Argentina, USA, France, Romania, Slovenia, Russia, Croatia, Mexico and Estonia.

In addition, she received the “Solistas Revelacion” award from Radio Clásica Nacional in 2022, and was honoured by the Association of Music Critics from Argentina.

Pilar made her debut at the age of 14 at the Teatro Colón with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires and has performed with the Serbian Radio and Television Orchestra (Belgrade), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Pitesti (Romania), the Orchestre Artima Paris (France) and in Argentina with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina,  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil Libertador San Martín, Orquesta Estable del Teatro Argentino, Sinfónica de Salta, Sinfónica de Bahía Blanca, Sinfónica del Neuquén, Orquesta Sinfónica de Paraná and Sinfónica Municipal de Avellaneda, as well as giving numerous recitals.

In April 2023, she was invited to perform during Pope Francis’ visit to Hungary, and in 2022 she recorded her first two singles for Waves Affaire Vienna.

Pilar has received the support of the Mozarteum Argentino since 2021. In 2022, she was awarded the Teresa Grüneisen Scholarship, making her the youngest scholarship holder in the institution’s history. She currently holds the Georg and Ferdinand Porak Scholarship.

Earlier scholarships include the Fondo Nacional de las Artes 2019 and the “Stuart Holland Memorial Award” 2022. The Argentinian Ministry of Culture has supported her on several occasions.

She currently plays a fine Horacio Piñeiro New York 2013 “Lord Wilton” violin lent to her by Pablo Saraví and a bow by Eugene Sartory, generously on loan from Wolff Violins of Vienna.


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