Professor, University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz


Silvia Marcovici, born in Romania, is one of the most renowned and highly regarded violinists performing today.

As the Berlin Morgenpost wrote of her performance with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Marcello Viotti: “In her performances of the Tchaikovsky concerto, Silvia Marcovici displayed a totally stunning sonority, which shows her artistic dimension; admirable tone, fascinating flexibility of each phrase, flaming temperament and extraordinary energy, which gave her interpretation impressive power, without sentimentality.” 

A student of Professor Stefan Ghiorghiu at the conservatory in Bucharest, she made her professional debut at the age of sixteen with the Residentie Orkest of The Hague under Bruno Maderna. A few years later she won first prize in the Marguerite Long/Jacques Thibaut competition in Paris, the special prize of Prince Rainier of Monaco for the interpretation of a contemporary work; and first prize in the George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest.

Since then, Marcovici’s performances have brought her to the leading orchestras throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, North and South America, appearing with the most celebrated conductors of our time including Bernard Haitink, Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, André Previn, Jesús López-Cobos, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Eliahu Inbal , Yoël Levi, David Zinman and many of the great masters of the recent past, such as Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, Eugene Ormandy, Erich Leinsdorf, Mstislav Rostropovich and Sergiu Comissiona.  She has been soloist with most of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, L'Orchestre National de France, Orchestra Sinfonica de L'Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC) and Atlanta Symphony among many others.

A multifaceted musician with a fascinating stage presence, she maintains a rich involvement in chamber music as well. She appears frequently in recitals with such pianists as Pascal Roger, Boris Berezovsky, Valentin Gheorghiu, Bruno Rigutto and her son, Aimo Pagin; and cellists David Geringas, Antonio Meneses and Boris Perganenscikov. Among her memorable recent performances was a collaboration with Evgeny Kissin and Alexandre Kniasev at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier playing trios of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky; and not to be forgotten, a concert with her daughter, soprano Sarah Pagin, under the baton of Eliahu Inbal in Turin.

Marcovici has numerous critically acclaimed recordings including the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Göteborgs Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi, the Nielsen Violin Concerto, with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montpellier under Yoël Levi and the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano. The Canadian record company DOREMI has released several CDs and a DVD in its “Legendary Treasures,” series, of performances by Marcovici.

Marcovici is a passionate and active teacher. She is currently a professor at the Université des Arts in Graz, Austria.