Of Russian origin, Jean-Jacques Kantorow was born in Cannes in 1945. He began his violin lessons at the Nice Conservatoire, entering the Paris Conservatoire at the age of thirteen and winning the first violin prize there the following year. Between 1962 and 1968, he won major prizes including first prizes at the Carl Flesch (London), Paganini (Genoa), and Geneva international competitions, among others. He has appeared as a conductor and a soloist in all leading international centers in Europe, the United States, Canada, India, the Far East and Africa, winning critical acclaim everywhere. He has collaborated with musicians including Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Paul Tortelier, Krystian Zimerman, János Starker, Maria-João Pires, Gidon Kremer, Edith Wiens, and Renée Fleming. Ensembles with which he has served as conductor include the Orchestre de l'Auvergne, Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the Tapiola Sinfonietta. He has appeared with numerous ensembles including Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lyon, Hallé Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony. His recordings, which number more than 130, have won many awards including the Grand Prix du Disque and the Grand Prix de l'Académie Franz Liszt. He currently teaches at the Conservatoires of Paris and Rotterdam and is, with Ton Koopman, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.