Patricia Kopatchinskaja is a Moldovan-Austrian violinist. She was raised in Chisinau in a family of musicians, and was exposed to folk music through her parents, violinist Emilia Kopatchinskaja and cimbalom player Viktor Kopatchinsky. While her parents toured with the state folk ensemble, she took up the violin at six. She entered the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna at 17, where she pursued violin and composition. She won a scholarship to study at the University in Bern, Switzerland, where she worked with Igor Ozim. Kopatchinskaja has performed internationally with major orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra named her an Artistic Partner for the 2014-15 season. She has also appeared with Il Giardino Armonico, MusicAeterna, the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Kopatchinskaja has recorded for Alpha, Audite, Naïve, ECM New Series, and Paladino Music.