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Alena  Baeva

Alena Baeva

Alena  Baeva

Born in Kyrgyzstan, she began learning violin at the age of five in Alma-Ata. In 1995, she moved with her family to Moscow, where she studied with Eduard Grach at a music school attached to the Moscow Conservatory, before entering the Conservatory itself in 2002. She has been a student of Shlomo Mintz and Mstislav Rostropovich, and at the academy of Seiji Ozawa. She has also attended masterclasses by Ida Haendel, Maxim Vengerov and others. At the age of twelve, she won the 7th Kloster-Schöntal International Competition, and she has also won the 2nd Tadeusz Wroński International Competition for Solo Violin in Warsaw (2000) and the 12th Henryk Wieniawski International Competition in Poznań (2001; nine special prizes). At the 2nd Niccolò Paganini International Competition in Moscow (2004), she was awarded the Grand Prix and a special prize allowing her to perform on the 1723 Wieniawski Stradivari for one year. She regularly performs as a soloist with leading ensembles, including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She has worked with such conductors as Neville Marriner, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Kurt Masur. Last season, she gave a recital at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and also performed with the English Chamber Orchestra and Yuri Bashmet at the Cadogan Hall, as well as touring with the Orchestre National de Lille and Jean-Claude Casadesus. She has recorded for Pentatone Classics (concertos by Bruch and Shostakovich), DUX (Szymanowski concertos) and SIMC (sonatas by Poulenc, Debussy and Prokofiev). She plays the ‘Molitor' Stradivarius from 1697, loaned to her by Maxim Vengerov.


 

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