Maestro Yuri Bashmet (Grammy Award Winner 2008 with the orchestra "Soloists of Moscow" for the execution of works by Stravinsky and Prokofiev in the category "Best performance by small ensembles") (Conductor)|
There are certain musicians who God and Fate have destined to follow an artistic
path by way of which they become figures in the art of music who open new
horizons for future generations. Yury Bashmet is undoubtedly such a musician,
having established the viola as a leading instrument on the contemporary concert
Yury Bashmet was born in 1953 in Rostov-on-Don. In 1971, he
graduated from the Lvov Special Musical Middle School and entered the Moscow
Conservatory, where his teachers were Professors Vadim Borisovsky and Fyodor
Druzhinin. While still a student, he received awards at international
competitions in Budapest, in 1975 (2nd prize), and Munich, in1976 (1st prize).
His phenomenal gifts as a musician were widely noted at the time. “In terms of
interpretive perfection and brilliance of tone, he can only be compared to David
Oistrakh,” wrote a German newspaper.
Yury Bashmet is one of the few
contemporary musicians whose authority is universally respected.
appeared as a soloist with the leading orchestras of the world, including the
Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio
Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Vienna
Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France.
Contemporary composers – among
them, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaydulina, Edison Denisov, Mikhail Tariverdiyev,
John Tavener, Ghia Kancheli and Alexander Tchaikovsky – have specially composed
for him or dedicated to him more than 50 works.
Yury Bashmet took up
conducting in 1982 and, in doing so, brought added luster to his reputation as a
bold and fearless contemporary musician.
In 1992, Bashmet founded the Moscow
Soloists chamber ensemble, made up of highly talented young graduates and
graduate students of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2008, Moscow Soloists, together
with Bashmet, won a Grammy Award and became the first Russian chamber ensemble
ever to receive that coveted prize in its entire 50-year history.
Bashmet has served as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of New Russia State
Chamber Orchestra. Subscription concerts in the major concert halls of Moscow
have revealed the scale Bashmet’s musicianship. Masterpieces of Russian music,
works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich;
European classics, the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert; and
contemporary works by such composers as Schnittke, Gubaydulina and Kancheli – in
all of these, the polished interpretations of the Maestro have served reveal the
secrets of their musical language.
Film and television companies several
countries, including England, France and Russia, have documented Bashmet’s
artistry. The Maestro himself has created and serves as host of the television
program “Station of Dreams.”
Yury Bashmet and Sviatoslav Richter enjoyed a
long-standing artistic friendship and performed together in many concerts in
Russia and abroad. Richter served for 16 years as Artistic Director of the
world-renowned “December Nights” festival in Moscow. Following Richter’s death,
that position was inherited by Bashmet.
Bashmet is the founder and
chairman of the world’s first and only viola competition, which takes place in
He has also founded an international charitable fund which has
created the Dmitry Shostakovich Prize, awarded annually for achievements in the
world of art. Its recipients have been Gidon Kremer, Thomas Quasthoff, Viktor
Tretyakov, Valery Gergiev, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Olga Borodina, Irina Antonova,
Hataliya Gutman, Yevgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov, Alexei Ratmansky, Yefim
Bonfman, Denis Matsuyev, Tan Dun.
Bashmet has participated in many important
charitable events: at Carnegie Hall in New York, together with Elton John and
Stevie Wonder; in London, in memory of Princess Diana; and in concerts dedicated
to raising funds to assist those who suffered from natural disasters in Armenia
and Japan and in aid of handicapped children.
It is difficult to
overestimate Bashmet’s contribution to world peace. As a citizen of the world
and a brilliant musician, his name belongs among those of the leading figures of
the 20th and 21st centuries.
“Yury Bashmet, as an outstanding violist and one
of the world’s great musicians, has revived interest in the viola.” China News
|Mozart: Violino & Viola - Maxim Vengerov & Yury Bashmet|
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05:53SINFONIA CONCERTANTE 1st Movt.Part 2 Violino e Viola - Sinfonia Concertante de Mozart, 1° Movimento parte 2 ao vivo no conservatorio de Moscou. Violino - Maxim Vengerov, Viola - Yuri Bashmet