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A protégée of Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa, Alena Baeva is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation.
Winner of the Grand Prix and other special prizes of the Wieniawski (2001), Moscow Paganini (2004) and Sendai (2007) international violin competitions, she has already carved out an impressive career to date and working regularly with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors – including, amongst others, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, and Vladimir Jurowski.
Alongside chamber music partnerships with such artists as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, and Nikolai Lugansky, Baeva’s regular sonata partner is Vadym Kholodenko, with whom she has established a musical partnership of more than a decade.
Alena Baeva holds an already vast and rapidly expanding repertoire, including over forty violin concerti, and is a champion of lesser known works. Her extensive discography reflects the impressive breadth of her repertoire.
A protégée of Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa, described as “a magnetic presence” and “a constantly fascinating sound technician” (New York Classical Review), Alena Baeva is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation.
Winner of the Grand Prix and other special prizes of the Wieniawski (2001), Moscow Paganini (2004) and Sendai (2007) international violin competitions, Baeva has already carved out an impressive career to date, and is working regularly with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors – including, amongst others, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, and Vladimir Jurowski.
Baeva holds an already vast and rapidly expanding repertoire, including over forty violin concerti, and is a champion of lesser known works – with recent performances promoting the concerti of such neglected composers as Bacewicz, Karaev, and Karłowicz, alongside more mainstream violin literature. Her extensive discography reflects the impressive breadth of her repertoire, with recordings spanning from Bruch and Shostakovich (Pentatone Classics), to Szymanowski (DUX), to Debussy, Poulenc, and Prokofiev (SIMC), to name but a few.Read More
Born in Russia in 1985 to a musical family, Baeva took her first violin lessons at the age of five under renowned pedagogue Olga Danilova in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. From 1995 she studied with Professor Eduard Grach at the Central School of Music, Moscow, and from 2002-2007 at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. In addition to her formal education, Baeva studied in France at the personal invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich in 2003, and began attending Seiji Ozawa’s Academy in Switzerland in 2007.
Aged 16, Baeva won the Grand Prix at the 12th International Henryk Wieniawski Competition (2001), as well as the Prize for Best Performance of a Contemporary Work. She went on to take the Grand Prix at the Moscow International Niccolò Paganini Competition (2004), including a Special Prize allowing her to perform on the 1723 Wieniawski Stradivari for one year, and was also awarded both the Gold Medal and the Audience Prize at the Sendai International Violin Competition (2007).
Amongst the conductors with whom she now works regularly, Alena Baeva has long-standing collaborations with Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Jurowski. Her performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.2 features as part of the Mariinsky Theatre/Gergiev box-set DVD collection released by Arthaus Musik in 2015; and – following their work together in Moscow – Baeva and Jurowski come together again for her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2018. The 2018/2019 season will also see Alena Baeva make her debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra & Paavo Järvi, in Tokyo, in subscription concerts televised nationally throughout Japan.
Other conductor collaborations to date include Vladimir Fedoseyev, Pablo Heras-Casado, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sakari Oramo, and Kazuki Yamada, and chamber music partnerships have featured such esteemed musicians as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis, Nikolai Lugansky, and Misha Maisky. Baeva’s regular sonata partner is 2013 Van Cliburn Winner Vadym Kholodenko, with whom she has established a musical partnership of more than a decade.
Recent and forthcoming concerto highlights include Düsseldorf Symphony/Alexander Bloch, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski, Netherlands Philharmonic/Karl-Heinz Steffens, NHK Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Grzegorz Nowak, and Tonkünstler Orchester/Michał Nesterowicz. Baeva enjoys a particularly strong profile in Russia, working regularly with the leading orchestras, including Mariinsky Orchestra, MusicaÆterna, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ (GASO), and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others.
Alena Baeva plays on the ex-William Kroll Guarneri del Gesù of 1738, on generous loan from an anonymous patron with kind assistance of J&A Beares.
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Karłowicz: Symfonia "Odrodzenie", Violin Concerto
Released February 2019 by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute
Conductor: Grzegorz Nowak
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos
Released April 2015 on Arthaus
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre
Alena Baeva plays Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 2
Baczewicz - Szostakowicz
D. Shostakovich: Violin concerto No.1 Op.77
Alena Baeva, violin
Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra
Massimiliano Caldi, conductor
Live recording of the opening concert of the Symphonic Season 2016/17 at the Olowianka Hall of the Gdansk/Danzig Concert Hall
Released May 2013 on Sony Music Entertainment Germany Gm
Schubert: Streichquartett Nr. 14 d-moll, Erlkönig & Sonate a-Moll für Arpeggione und Klavier, D. 821
Soloist: Yuri Bashmet
Alena Baeva participated in the Erlkönig recording
Poulenc, Debussy and Prokofiev Sonatas
Released May 2009 on Sendai Cultual Foundation
Top of the 3rd Sendai International Music Competition
Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano, No 1 in F minor, Op 80
Szymanowski Violin Concertos
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 35 (1916)
Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 61 (1933)
Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra / Bogusław Dawidow
Recorded at Opole Philharmonic Concert Hall, March 2007
Bartok and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos
The 3rd Sendai International Music Competition
1-3 Bartok Violin Concerto No.2, Sz112
4-6 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, op.35
Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by YAMASHITA Kazufumi (1-3)
Conducted by Pascal VERROT (4-6)
The Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Berglund
Recorded at the studio VGTRK “Culture” (June 2005)