Violinist Magdalēna Geka enjoys a busy and eclectic career and has performed in many prestigious European venues: Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre in London, UK; Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, France; Verbier Festival, Switzerland or Kuhmo Festival in Finland. She is a winner of the Parkhouse Award in London and the International Marschner Competition in Germany. Most recently she was awarded the Rotary&Lion’s Club Prize as well as the City of Bayonne Prize by the Ravel Academy 2019.
Ms.Geka has performed most of the major violin concerti with many orchestras in Latvia, France, Ukraine and Germany. In September 2014 she made her highly acclaimed debut with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, stepping in as a soloist on a very short notice, and was nominated for the Latvian Grand Music Prize 2014 as the Young Artist of the Year.
As a member of the Trio Sōra, she embarked upon a successful career, winning special prizes of the Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, and Kuhmo Festivals and performing in most European countries as well as in New York and Australia to great acclaim. Ms.Geka has been invited to perform as a young artist at the prestigious Kuhmo Festival in Finland, Musique à Giverny Festival in France, and was part of the Newport Music Festival Young Professional Artists program in the USA. She is the founder and artistic director of chamber music festivals in Saulkrasti and Ventspils, Latvia, which give the opportunity for young Latvian musicians to return to their home country to perform.
Ms. Geka performs regularly as the concertmaster of Orchestre Hexagone, Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe, and Ensemble Appassionato, with acclaimed soloists, such as the singers Andrea Bocelli and Philippe Jaroussky. She was a member of the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, working closely with Gidon Kremer, and Orchestre Philharmonique Radio France Academy in 2014 and 2015. She also enjoys performing contemporary music, having worked closely with such composers as Peteris Vasks, Platons Buravickis, Eric Tanguy, Camille Pépin, Santa Buss, and Gabriel Sivak, and has to-date premiered around forty works for violin solo or in ensemble.
A native of Latvia, she moved to Paris, France in order to pursue her violin studies at the age of 16. Ms. Geka holds a Master’s degree in both Violin and Chamber Music from the Paris National Conservatoire, as well as Artist Diploma from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Her mentors include Ebène and Artemis Quartets as well as Svetlin Roussev, Wolfgang Marschner and Philippe Graffin. Ms. Geka plays an Alessandro Gagliano 1734 violin generously loaned through the Anima Music Foundation, as well as a modern violin made by Philippe Mahu.