Chamber Ensemble "Moscow Soloists" (GRAMMY WINNER 2007 "Best Small Ensemble Performance - Best Ensemble") (Orchestra)|
The Moscow Virtuosi ensemble was founded by violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet
in 1986. In 1992 the ensemble was completely revamped, taking in graduates and
postgraduates of the Moscow Conservatoire. It made its debut on 19 May 1992 at
the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. Two days later it gave its first
performance abroad, at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
The ensemble has given
concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory
Hall in Tokyo, the Barbican Hall in London, the Tivoli in Copenhagen, the
Berliner Philharmoniker, the Sydney Opera House, the Musikverein in Vienna, the
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Great Hall of the Moscow
The ensemble takes part in the Proms concerts at the
Royal Albert Hall in London, the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Evian,
Sony-Classical sponsored concerts at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Semaines
musicales de Tours, Elba Isola Musicale d'Europa, December Evenings, A
Dedication to Oleg Kagan, Prestige de la Musique at the Salle Pleyel, the World
Chamber Orchestras Festival in Omsk and festivals in Ravenna, Montreux, Bath,
Sydney, Qabala and Moscow.
Between 2008 and 2014 the ensemble took part in
the Sochi Winter Festival, of which Yuri Bashmet is Artistic Director. The
Moscow Soloists take part in Bashmet’s Moscow International Viola Competition
and his festivals in Yaroslavl, Khabarovsk, Rostov-on-Don, Minsk and the
Seychelles. In January 2013 the ensemble appeared at a festival commemorating
the maestro’s sixtieth birthday.
The ensemble’s concerts are frequently
broadcast and recorded by the world’s leading broadcasting companies, among them
the BBC, Bayerische Rundfunk, Radio France and NHK. The orchestra has performed
with Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Viktor
Tretyakov, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Sarah Chang, Shlomo Mintz,
Barbara Hendricks, James Galway, Lynn Harrell, Mario Brunello, Thomas Quasthoff,
Anna Netrebko, Olga Borodina Jessye Norman and Yefim Bronfman.
repertoire of the Moscow Soloists includes over three hundred and fifty
masterpieces of world classics and rarely performed works, ranging from Bach and
Mozart to Schnittke and Denisov as well as music by Kancheli, Gubaidulina and
other contemporary composers.
In 2008 the Moscow Soloists received a
Grammy award for its recording of music by Stravinsky and Prokofiev. In 1994,
2006 and 2009 the ensemble was a Grammy award nominee.
In 2007, to mark
fifteen years since it was founded, the ensemble undertook a tour of Russia,
during which it gave forty-two concerts in thirty-nine towns and cities. In Ufa
the musicians performed their one thousandth concert, while their concert in
Severomorsk took place on the cruiser “Peter the Great”. The ensemble undertook
an even larger tour to mark its twentieth anniversary, giving over eighty
concerts in thirty countries.
In the autumn of 2009 the Moscow Soloists
undertook a tour of Russian towns and cities during which they performed on
unique instruments crafted by Antonio Stradivari from the Russian State
Collection of Prized Musical Instruments. In the 2013–2014 season the ensemble’s
musicians undertook a similar tour of Europe’s capital cities.
the ensemble took part in the cultural programme of the Winter Olympic Games in
|Yuri Bashmet and Moscow Soloists, Igor Raykhelson "Adagio"|
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