Juraj Čižmarovič is one of the most celebrated Slovak violinists. He has won numerous prizes and awards at national and international competitions, including the violin competition in Belgrade, the Slovakian National Competition and the Tibor Varga Competition. Solo appearances have taken him to many European countries, the United States, Japan, and Korea. He performs regularly with renowned orchestras, among them the Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Pierre Boulez, Christian Thielemann and Giuseppe Sinopoli and is a guest at festivals, including the Rheingau Musikfestival and the Bratislava Music Festival. Juraj Čižmarovič was concertmaster of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne from 1990 to 2004, and in April 2004 was appointed principal concertmaster of the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne. Since 1997 he has been engaged regularly as one of the concertmasters of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. He plays a Nicolò Gagliano violin from 1761.