Mourja was born in Vilak, Ukraine in 1973. He started
to learn the violin with his father at the age of 3.
By the age of 9 he was a student of Irina
Botchkova at the Central School for child prodigies in Moscow, who was
to remain his teacher until he finished his studies at the Tchaikovsky
Conservatory. Mourja then attended a postgraduate performing course at
the Royal Academy of Music, London.
prizes and grants
1990: The Paganini, Genoa.
1991: Vianna da Motta, Lisbon.
1994: Tchaikovsky, Moscow.
1994: Chosen as the Laureat Juventus, Council of Europe.
1996: Jacques Thibaud-Ville de Paris.
1999: Viotti-Valsesia, Rome.
2002: UNISA, Pretoria.
and Concert tours
Since 1996: Mourja has been a regular guest of the Théâtre de la
Ville de Paris and has also performed in the prestigious festivals of Colmar,
Menton, Île de France, Côte Basque and Divonne - where Christian
Zacharias chose him as partner –
S. Graf Mourja
Châtelet theatre in Paris, Radio
France, l’Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio
and 2006: He performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto with
the Orchestre Lamoureux directed by Yutaka Sado at
the Théâtre des Champs Elysées
2007: He performed with Orchestre National d’Île de France, as well
as in major concert halls in Italy, Hungary, Great Britain and Korea. In Russia
he has long been recognized as the leading violinist of his generation.
and TV recordings
Since 2000: Recordings for Harmonia Mundi including recital in the Nouveaux Interpretes
collection (Ravel, Schnittke, Szymanowski with Elena Rozanova, piano).
Prokofiev’s two concertos for Harmonia Mundi’s Le chant du monde
2002: Stravinski- Szymanowski recital (with Natalia Gous, piano), Harmonia Mundi,
that received a “10 de Repertoire” and “Recommande par Classica”.
• “Le violon vagabond” (The Wandering Violin), a recording
of rare virtuoso pieces for the same publisher, also with the pianist Natalia
off all the French awards: "Diapason d'Or", "Choc du Monde de
la Musique", "Évènement du mois de Répertoire
/ Classica", "Le Choix de France Inter", "Classique d'Or
de RTL" in March 2004, and also received an enthusiastic review in "Le
• Shostakovitch’s Op. 134 Sonata, Harmonia Mundi.