Alena Baeva

Violinist

Alexandra Knight

Artist Manager
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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.

Video

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Schumann Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23, 1st mvt (RTÉ NSO/John Wilson)
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Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Op.64 (1844 version), 1st mvt (RLPO/Duncan Ward)
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Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Op.64 (1844 version), 2nd mvt (RLPO/Duncan Ward)
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Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Op.64 (1844 version), 3rd mvt (RLPO/Duncan Ward)
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Alena Baeva & Vadym Kholodenko – Tchaikovsky Melodie
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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto & Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
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From Prizewinner to Performer
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Bruch Scottish Fantasy with Noam Zur & Israel Camerata
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Bruch Violin Concerto 2nd Mov
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Mozart Duo with Yuri Bashmet

Biography

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, Teodor CurrentzisValery GergievPaavo Järvi, and Vladimir Jurowski.

Baeva’s 2018/2019 season saw such major debuts and career milestones as performing and recording with the London Philharmonic/ Vladimir Jurowski at London’s Royal Festival Hall (Tchaikovsky), NHK Symphony/Paavo Järvi (R. Strauss), Netherlands Philharmonic/Karl-Heinz Steffens (Dvořák), musicÆterna/Teodor Currentzis (Tchaikovsky), and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Duncan Ward (Mendelssohn).

Highlights of the 2019/2020 season include Gürzenich-Orchester Köln/Robert Trevino (Berg), Orchestra Sinfónica Nazionale della RAI/Tomáš Netopil (R. Strauss), Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE/Pablo González(Britten), Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev (Karłowicz), and Warsaw Philharmonic/Andrey Boreyko (Weinberg).  Baeva also makes her Munich debut at the Philharmonie im Gasteig (Münchner Symphoniker/Elias Grandy), and her Vienna debut in the Musikverein (Tonkünstler-Orchester/Michał Nesterowicz).

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Born in Russia to a musical family in 1985, Baeva took her first violin lessons at the age of five under renowned pedagogue Olga Danilova.  From 1995, she studied in Moscow with Professor Eduard Grach at the Central School of Music, 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, began attending Seiji Ozawa’s Academy in Switzerland in 2007, attended the Keshet Eilon Music Center in Israel under Shlomo Mintz, and had lessons in Paris with Boris Garlitsky.

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.  Following this, 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 awarded both the Gold Medal and the Audience Prize at the Sendai International Violin Competition (2007).

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 including Szymanowski (DUX), to Debussy, Poulenc, and Prokofiev (SIMC), and more.  Baeva’s Paris performance of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.2 features as part of the Mariinsky Theatre/Valery Gergiev box-set DVD collection released by Arthaus Musik in 2015.  In 2018, she made a recording of the Karłowicz Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (NIFC), and of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski, to be released on the LPO Live label.

In addition to the distinguished maestros listed above, Baeva’s conductor collaborations to date also include Vladimir FedoseyevPablo Heras-CasadoJacek Kaspszyk, and Kazuki Yamada.  Her chamber music partnerships include such esteemed artists as Martha ArgerichYuri BashmetSteven Isserlis, Daishin KashimotoMisha MaiskyLawrence PowerJulian Steckel, and Yeol-Eum Son – and Baeva’s regular sonata partner is Vadym Kholodenko (2013 Van Cliburn Winner), with whom she has established a musical partnership of more than a decade.  Baeva enjoys regular collaborations with the Orchestra of the XVIII Century, performing a variety of repertoire on period instruments.

Alena Baeva plays on the “ex-William Kroll” Guarneri del Gesù of 1738, on generous loan from an anonymous patron with the kind assistance of J&A Beares.

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Reviews

Alena Baeva is a violinist of proven musicality and impeccable intonation…. In the cadenza [of the Britten Violin Concerto], she created one of the most attractive moments in concert history.  In a work full of connections, Baeva gave an entire articulatory lesson: you could not help but get carried away…

Scherzo.es

2020

“Exuberant – Alena Baeva’s interpretation is impassioned and passionate, inexorably leading to a standing ovation from the audience of the RAI Auditorium. She reveals her personal imprint through an ever brilliant and light sound, accompanied by an enviable variety in vibrato and impeccable technical mastery.” L’Ape musicale

2019

“The musical empathy between Baeva & Jurowski was evident, not just in tempos and moment-to-moment detail, but in the very character of the piece. There were muscularity and thrilling virtuosity aplenty, but there was also gentle, intimate playing, drawing the audience into passages with the emotional complexity of chamber music. […] In the second movement, Baeva became a delicate, distant voice, poetic and captivating. In the Finale she let rip – swaggering, heroic, and full of personality.” The Strad

2019

“Fine technique and imaginative phrasing…. In the Canzonetta, her beautiful violin tone and her lovely shaping of Tchaikovsky’s song-like melodies marked her out as an outstanding player, and her account of the Finale was not only strikingly virtuosic but had a compelling quality of joyous abandon.” Seen and Heard International

2018

“Everything about the performance seemed to get under the skin of this very familiar work, giving [the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto] more than a new lease of life. The first movement had poise and excitement in equal measure, with Alena Baeva demonstrating an exceptional evenness of tone across all the registers and an evident responsiveness to Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The brief slow movement was given the most sensitive account, hushed and romantic in the most tasteful manner. The finale was everything you’d want it to be, thrillingly fast and technically sure footed, as well as having a true heart in the gentler passages. So, this was an undoubtedly a top-notch performance, making this masterpiece sound even more like one of the composer’s greatest works.” Bachtrack

2018 (★★★★★)

“Soloist Alena Baeva had a glowing tone, with which she held sensual command… she formed the sovereign centre of the enchanted world of Szymanowski.” NRC Handelsblad

2018

“Baeva was a magnetic presence, and the sound of her instrument, the fullness of tone, and her marvelously precise intonation were admirable and beautiful in and of themselves. Her strength and fire made the [Bacewicz] concerto sound like a masterpiece.” New York Classical Review

2017 (Lincoln Center debut)

“Baeva & Kholodenko constitute a communicative and brilliant duo, always putting virtuosity at the service of the musical work…” Freiburger Nachrichten

“Baeva can sing with the violin – a constantly fascinating sound technician, with the highest rhythmic versatility.” Badische Zeitung

2017

“The same calibre as Janine Jansen – gripping musicality, warm, sensual, flawless, and accurate.” Eindhovens Dagblad

2017

“Star soloist Alena Baeva, whose dark beautiful tone and intense sound colours cause the violin to sing and to soar.” Tidningen Kulturen

“Besides her striking stage presence, Baeva makes more sense of this thorny score than anyone else I can recall… approachable emotionally despite the starkness typical of late Shostakovich.” Fanfare magazine

2016 (Review of Mariinsky/Gergiev DVD)

“Baeva’s interpretation [of the Beethoven Concerto] gave it a new, enchanting glow.” SLV Jogfors

2014

“Alena Baeva, was an expressive, sparkling counterpoint…very fine interplay, with close and responsive cooperation. I have never heard this violin concerto played with such fine nuances.” Norrköping Symfoniorkester

2014

“Baeva is an excellent violinist and wholeheartedly embraces the complexities of Shostakovich and plays the 2nd Violin Concerto with ease and authority.” Past Daily

Discography

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Mendelssohn, Schumann: Violin Concertos

Released June 2020 via Melodiya Records.

Alena Baeva, Persimfans Orchestra

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Karłowicz: Symfonia "Odrodzenie", Violin Concerto

Released February 2019 by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute

Conductor: Grzegorz Nowak
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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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

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Baczewicz - Szostakowicz

G. Bacewicz: Divertimento
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
November 2017
PFB Live

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Schubert

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

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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

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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

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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)

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The Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Paavo Berglund
Recorded at the studio VGTRK “Culture” (June 2005)