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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.
Described as “a magnetic presence” and “a constantly fascinating sound technician” (New York Classical Review), Russian violinist Alena Baeva is considered one of the most exciting, versatile, and alluring soloists active on the world stage today.
Baeva’s career as an international soloist of the highest renown has grown at an extraordinary pace over recent seasons. She now enjoys a particularly strong working partnership with Paavo Järvi, with whom recent and future collaborations include performances with the Estonian Festival Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Another such regular collaborative partnership is that with Vladimir Jurowski, with whom Baeva has both recorded and performed on numerous occasions, including with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Moscow’s Russian State Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’.
Further conductor collaborations of particular note include Teodor Currentzis and Valery Gergiev, with whom Baeva has toured internationally as concerto soloist (with MusicÆterna and the Mariinsky Orchestra, respectively). She also enjoys growing musical partnerships with the young rising star conductors Robert Trevino (Basque National Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, and the Malmö Symfoniorkester), and Duncan Ward (Moscow Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra). Recent and forthcoming concerto highlights include those with Andrey Boreyko (Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra), Charles Dutoit (Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana), Tomáš Netopil (Orchestra Sinfónica Nazionale della RAI), and Mikhail Pletnev (Russian National Orchestra), alongside her debuts in Frankfurt (Alte Oper Frankfurt), Madrid (Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de la RTVE), Munich (Münchner Symphoniker), and Vienna (Tonkünstler-Orchester).Read More
Chamber music has always held a special place in Baeva’s musical life. She has the pleasure of collaborating with such esteemed artists as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis, Daishin Kashimoto, Misha Maisky, Lawrence Power, Julian Steckel, and Yeol-Eum Son. Her regular sonata partner is the celebrated Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko (2013 Van Cliburn Winner), with whom she has established a musical partnership of more than a decade.
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 such composers as Bacewicz, Karaev, and Karłowicz, alongside more mainstream violin literature. She also enjoys a lasting relationship with the Orchestra of the XVIII Century, performing and recording a variety of repertoire on period instruments.
Baeva’s extensive discography reflects the impressive breadth of her repertoire, with recordings ranging from Szymanowski (for DUX), to Debussy, Poulenc, and Prokofiev (for SIMC), and more. Her 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 both the Karłowicz Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (for NIFC), and of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski, to be released on the LPO Live label. 2020 saw the release of her latest album – a recording of the Schumann Violin Concerto and the original (1844) version of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor – released worldwide on Melodiya Records.
Born in Russia to a musical family, Baeva took her first violin lessons at the age of five under renowned pedagogue Olga Danilova, before going on to study in Moscow with Professor Eduard Grach at the Central School of Music and the State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. In addition to her formal education, she studied in France with Mstislav Rostropovich, in Switzerland with Seiji Ozawa, in Israel with Shlomo Mintz (at Keshet Eilon Music Center), and 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).
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.
On 29 October 2020, Alena Baeva performs the Schumann Violin Concerto in Skopje, Macedonia, with...
On 8 & 9 October 2020, Alena Baeva makes her debut with the Orchestre National d'Auvergne and...
On 23 September 2020, Alena Baeva performs a programme of string trios with Frederic d'Oria...
“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…”
Mendelssohn, Schumann: Violin Concertos
Released June 2020 via Melodiya Records.
Alena Baeva, Persimfans Orchestra
Karłowicz: Symfonia "Odrodzenie", Violin Concerto
Conductor: Grzegorz Nowak
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos
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
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
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)
Bartok and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos
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)
Recorded at the studio VGTRK “Culture” (June 2005)