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Sergey Girshenko, violin
Alexey A. Gulianitsky, violin
Georgy Kapitonov, viola
Dmitry Yablonsky, cello

Sergey Girshenko, a National Artist of Russia, has, since 2001, served as leader of the Evgeny Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra. During his career he has served as a leader of the best known orchestras of Russia, including those of the Bolshoy Theatre and the St Petersburg Philharmonic. Well known as a violinist-virtuoso, Sergey Girshenko studied at the Moscow Conservatory with David Oistrakh and Dmitry Tsyganov. He has appeared with outstanding musicians, including the pianist Sviatoslav Richter, the viola player Yuri Bashmet, and the violinist Oleg Kagan. His solo appearances have been in the major concert halls of Russia and abroad, collaborating with conductors such as Svetlanov, Gorenstein, Simonov, Lazarev, Rozhdestvensky, Temirkanov, Ashkenazy, and Ozawa. He has participated in leading music festivals, including those of Boston, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Schleswig-Holstein. In 1989 he was awarded the Italian Viotto d’Oro Prize. Sergey Girshenko has taught at the Moscow Conservatory since 1986, and has also given master-classes in Germany, Italy, Spain, and Brazil.

Alexey A. Gulianitsky was born in Yalta into the family of the violinist and conductor, Alexey F. Gulianitsky, National Artist of the Ukraine. He studied in a special music school and conservatory, completing his studies in Moscow under N.G. Beshkina and S.I. Kravchenko. He is a laureate of international music competitions, Honoured Artist and Laureate of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea, on the teaching staff of the Moscow State Conservatory and deputy concertmaster of the Evgeny Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist and in chamber music in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, France, Switzerland, Finland and Croatia.

The viola-player Georgy Kapitonov is a National Artist of Russia. He graduated at the Moscow Conservatory and followed postgraduate study with E.V. Strahova. In 1971 he joined the then USSR State Symphony Orchestra, now the Evgeny Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, where he is principal viola. His solo appearances include Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, the Ninth Symphony of Mahler, and Myaskovsky’s Sinfonietta. He is actively engaged in solo and ensemble activities, with broadcasts and recordings. He has collaborated with distinguished violinists, including Oleg Kagan, Andrey Korsakov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ilya Kaler, and cellists, including Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, and J. Loevsky, as well as with leading pianists and wind players. He has made many transcriptions for the viola, and has appeared as a soloist with leading Russian orchestras, collaborating with the most eminent conductors.

Dmitry Yablonsky was born in 1962 into a musical family. His mother, Oxana Yablonskaya, is a highly regarded concert pianist, and his father is a principal oboist with the Moscow Radio and Television Orchestra. He entered the Central School of Music for Gifted Children in Moscow at the age of six, and at the age of nine made his orchestral début with Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major. In 1977, he and his mother emigrated to the United States, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music, the Curtis Institute, and Yale University. His principal cello teachers have been Isaak Buravsky, Stefan Kalianov, Aldo Parisot and Zara Nelsova. Read more...

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