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Born in 1953 in Rostov-on-Don in Russia, Yuri Bashmet spent his childhood in
Lviv, Ukraine, before studying at the Moscow Conservatory. His international career was
launched in 1976 when he won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Since then,
Mr. Bashmet has appeared with the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the
Berliner Philharmoniker; Vienna and London philharmonic orchestras; Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra; Boston, Chicago, and London symphony orchestras; Orchestre symphonique de
Montréal; and New York Philharmonic. The London Symphony Orchestra presented its own
four-concert festival in his honor.
Many noted composers have written for Mr. Bashmet, including Alfred Schnittke, Sofia
Gubaidulina, Poul Ruders, Alexander Tchaikovsky, and Alexander Raskatov. Styx by
Giya Kancheli, The Myrrh-Bearer by John Tavener, and On Opened Ground by
Mark-Anthony Turnage were also written for him.
In December 2002, Mr. Bashmet became Principal Conductor of the newly formed State
Symphony Orchestra "New Russia," which he has performed with in Moscow and throughout
Europe. He has also appeared as conductor and soloist with the Dresdner Philharmoniker,
Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano
Giuseppe Verdi, Camerata Salzburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Saint Paul Chamber
Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Brussels Philharmonic. Mr. Bashmet
is also the Artistic Director of the December Evenings Festival in Moscow, and is the
Founder and Director of Moscow Soloists, a chamber orchestra he has performed with and
directed since 1992.
Chamber music collaborators have included Sviatoslav Richter, Gidon Kremer, Mstislav
Rostropovich, Maxim Vengerov, Natalia Gutman, Viktoria Mullova, and the Borodin Quartet.
Mr. Bashmet formed a highly successful trio with mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and
pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Other recent projects include Beethoven trios with Anne-Sophie
Mutter and Lynn Harrell. He is a frequent visitor to summer festivals, including Elbe
Festival, Verbier Festival, and Beppu Argerich Music Festival in Japan.
Mr. Bashmet's Deutsche Grammophon recording of the Gubaidulina Concerto and Kancheli
Styx won a Diapason d'Or and earned a Grammy nomination. Other notable Deutsche
Grammophon discs include a recording of Mozart's Sinfonia concertante with
Anne-Sophie Mutter; Brahms's Piano Quartet No. 1 with Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, and
Mischa Maisky; and the Bartók Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Pierre Boulez.
For Onyx Classics, he and Moscow Soloists have recorded chamber symphonies by Shostakovich,
Sviridov, and Vainberg; music by Stravinsky and Prokofiev, which received a Grammy Award;
and a disc of music by composers from the Far East.