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Yuri Bashmet (b1/02/1953)

Taught initially by Russia’s first hero of the viola, Vadim Borisovsky, Yuri Bashmet is seen by many today as the greatest living viola player. His activities as a musician have done much to further the reputation of an instrument that continues to hold a less dominant position than the violin, his recordings showing that the viola is a capable and distinctive voice. He has made a number of high-profile appearances throughout his career including a Carnegie Hall recital (joining Emanuel Vardi and William Primrose in an elite group of violists to have performed there in a solo capacity), international charity events in the USA with Elton John and Stevie Wonder, a tribute to Princess Diana in London, and concerts in aid of victims of natural disasters. In addition he is a hard-working pedagogue, having taught at the Moscow Conservatory since completing his own studies there, and establishing its Experimental Viola Faculty to expand the repertoire studied so as to include chamber, operatic and symphonic rôles, as well as the study of historic playing styles. In addition to serving on the juries of viola competitions in Paris and Munich, Bashmet also set up a competition in Moscow under his own name and is President of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in the UK.

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