Linus Roth, who received the ECHO KLASSIK Award in 2006 as ‘Best Newcomer’ for his début CD on EMI, was honoured with his second ECHO award in 2017 for his recording of the violin concertos by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with the London Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Sanderling. Roth has made a name for himself internationally both in core classical repertoire as well as for his discovery and rediscovery of works that have undeservedly fallen into oblivion. He has devoted special attention to the works of Polish composer, Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996), both in concerts and in the recording studio. In 2015 Roth founded the International Weinberg Society which organises and sponsors concerts, readings, exhibitions, interdisciplinary events and publications on Weinberg’s life and work. Linus Roth’s recording of the complete works for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg was released to great acclaim in 2013 by Challenge Classics. It was followed by a recording of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester under Mihkel Kütson and then the Concertino with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn under Ruben
Gazarien, both CDs being selected as a coveted ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone magazine. For the centenary of Weinberg’s birth in 2019, Linus Roth was invited to curate two days of events dedicated to Weinberg at Wigmore Hall. As well as his chamber music, these events also included Weinberg’s six sonatas for violin and piano as well as the three sonatas for solo violin.
Linus Roth has played as soloist with many leading orchestras including the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra, the National Polish Radio Orchestra Katowice, the Estonian National Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta de Cordoba, the Orchestra della Toscana in Florence, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. He has worked with such noted conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Dennis Russell Davies, Hartmut Haenchen, Manfred Honeck, James Gaffigan, Mihkel Kütson and Antoni Wit.
As a passionate chamber musician, he has performed with Nicolas Altstaedt, Gautier Capuçon, Kim Kashkashian, Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Andreas Ottensamer, Itamar Golan and Danjulo Ishizaka, among many others. He has also worked together for several years in musical partnership with the Argentine pianist José Gallardo.
Linus Roth attended preparatory classes with Prof. Nicolas Chumachenco at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, before going on to study with Prof. Zakhar Bron. Subsequently, he pursued his studies for several years with Prof. Ana Chumachenco at the music universities in Zurich and Munich. Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried and Josef Rissin have also been important influences on his studies. Linus Roth was the recipient of a student scholarship from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
In October 2012, Linus Roth was appointed Professor for Violin at the ‘Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum’ at Augsburg University. He was the Artistic Director of the 10th Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition which took place in 2019 in Augsburg. In addition, Linus Roth is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Festival Ibiza Concerts and since 2020 is Artistic Director of the Music Festival Schwäbischer Frühling in Ochsenhausen, Germany. Linus Roth plays on the 1703 Stradivarius violin ‘Dancla’ on generous loan from the music foundation of the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.