Violin

Alena Baeva


Alena Baeva is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation – having already carved out an impressive career to date working regularly as a soloist with orchestras including the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Svetlanov Academic Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, German Radio Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium and with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Bashmet , Vladimir Fedoseyev and Paavo Berglund and Pablo Heras-Casado. Her chamber music partners have included Marta Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Аlexander Knyazev, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Shlomo Mintz, Itamar Golan, Аlexander Melnikov. Her rapidly expanding repertoire includes over forty violin concerti and numerous sonatas and other works from different eras.

Alena Baeva appears at the La Clé des Portes and Artenetra Festivals

20 Jul 2017

Alena Baeva will be performing at the Artenetra Festival together with Vadym Kholodenko on 25 July at the City Hall in Niort. The recital will include...

Jacek Kaspszyk and Alena Baeva appear at the White Nights Festival

10 Jul 2017

The highly esteemed conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and violinist Alena Baeva will appear together at the White Nights Festival to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The three-month...

Alena Baeva performs at the 65th Les Musicales Festival in France

23 May 2017

Alena Baeva will perform at the 65th Les Musicales Festival in Colmar, France, an eight-day festival dedicated to chamber music. Alena will perform 25 May through 28 May, performing a...

Alena Baeva debuts with Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

04 Apr 2017

Alena will make her debut with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra at Ljubljana’s Gallus Hall on 6 & 7 April, performing Korngold’s virtuosic Violin Concerto under the baton of Hans Graf....

Alena Baeva will be touring through the Netherlands

09 Mar 2017

Alena Baeva will be going on a short tour through the Netherlands together with philharmonie zuidnederland and conductor Dmitri Liss from 10 March until 19 March. They will commence the tour in...

Alena Baeva to perform with Freiburg Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia and Israel Camerata

23 Jan 2017

Alena Baeva will be continuing a busy start of the year with a series of concerts, beginning with the Freiburg Philharmonic on 24 January at the...

Alena Baeva returns to Weimar Staatskapelle

04 Nov 2016

Following her acclaimed debut in 2014, Alena Baeva will return to perform Richard Strauss’ Violin Concerto with Weimar Staatskapelle under Kirill Karabits on 27 and 28 November at Weimarhalle. For...

Alena Baeva performs at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Baltic Sea Festivals

05 Aug 2016

In Schloss Schwiessel, Germany on 10 August, Alena Baeva joins the Trio Karénine piano trio and violist Hélène Clément in concert at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festspiele to perform Schumann and...

Alena Baeva performs with Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg and Slovak Radio Symphony

07 Jun 2016

On 11 June at the Kinneksbond Cultural Center in Mamer, Luxembourg, Alena Baeva will join Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, under conductor David Reiland, for a performance of Mendelssohn’s...

Alena Baeva performs at the Zaubersee Festival in Lucerne

03 May 2016

On 4 and 5 May, Alena Baeva will perform at the historical Zeugheersaal of the Hotel Schweizerhof and the Villa St. Charles in Meggen as part of Lucerne’s Zaubersee Festival.

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“[Alena Baeva] is of the same calibre as Janine Jansen. She played with the same gripping musicality, she expressed herself physically in the same passionate manner. Her fingers were flying over the strings, her stroke was to her what breath is to a singer, every tone had a meaningful connection to the next. … Her tone [was] warm and sensual, not to mention flawless and accurate.”

Marjolijn Sengers - Eindhovens Dagblad - Mar 2017

“...Scarcely less intense is the Second Violin Concerto with young Alena Baeva, born in 1985 and a protégé early on of Rostropovich and Ozawa. Besides her striking stage presence, Baeva makes more sense of this thorny score than anyone else I can recall; it is almost approachable emotionally despite the starkness typical of late Shostakovich.”

Huntley Dent, Fanfare Magazine review of Shostakovich DVD - Feb 2016

“Meeting the young star violinist Alena Baeva in Beethoven's Violin Concerto was an unexpected change that left no one disappointed. A giant work, it seems simple, but that is exactly why it is so hard to play; yet Baeva’s interpretation gave it a new enchanting glow.  ”

SLV Jogfors - Feb 2014

“The young soloist, Alena Baeva, was an expressive, sparkling counterpoint to the dignified, calm Michail Jurowski. However, they developed a very fine interplay, with close and responsive cooperation. I have never heard this violin concerto played with such fine nuances and such low-voiced parts in the second movement, Larghetto. Baeva’s sounds was sheer, almost fragile, but it came through the orchestra.”

Lars H. Johnsson - Feb 2014

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

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Alena Baeva is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation – having already carved out an impressive career to date working regularly as a soloist with orchestras including the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Svetlanov Academic Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the German Radio Orchestra. Alena has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Paavo Berglund, Kazuki Yamada, Sakari Oramo and Pablo Heras-Casado.  Her chamber music partners have included Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis, Nikolai Lugansky, Misha Maisky, and Vadym Kholodenko, with whom she has established an 10-year long musical partnership.

Recent highlights include the recital at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, performing with Yuri Bashmet and the English Chamber Orchestra in London’s Cadogan Hall, a performance at Klassik Open Air, with an audience of over 75,000 people, tours in Spain with Thomas Sanderling (Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra) and with Muhai Tang (Brussels Philharmonic) in Belgium and Germany. Other recent highlights include debuts with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Nordic Symphony Orchestra (Anu Tali) and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as appearances at the Zaubersee festival in Lucerne, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and Baltic Sea Festivals. Alena recently performed with the Luzern Festival Strings Orchestra, the Weimar Staatskapelle under Stefan Solyom, as well as with Russian State Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. The performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.2 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris with Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra was recorded and released on DVD to great critical acclaim, as part of the complete cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies and instrumental concertos presented by the orchestra.  

Future engagements include a reinvitation to the Staatskapelle Weimar under Kiril Karabits, a tour with Stuttgart Philharmonic in Germany and Italy, Beethoven’s Triple concerto with Vadym Kholodenko and Alexander Buzlov under Valery Gergiev, as well as concerts with Freiburg Philharmonic and Israel Camerata Orchestra. Alena Baeva has been appointed Artist in Residence for the season 2016-2017 by the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra and will be also appearing in numerous recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Europe.

Alena Baeva was born in 1985 to a musical family. At the age of five she began studying the violin in Alma-Ata under Olga Danilova. From 1995 she was a student with Professor Eduard Grach at the Central School of Music of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and from 2002-2007 at the Moscow Conservatoire itself. Apart from formal studies, her two most important influencers and supporters were Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa. In 2003 she was invited by Rostropovich to study in France where she attended classes by Boris Garlitsky and since 2007 she has participated in Seiji Ozawa’s Academy in Switzerland. Alena has taken part in various master-classes, including most notably, those under Shlomo Mintz, Ida Haendel and Maxim Vengerov. Her major competition victory came in 2001 when she won the Gold Medal at the Henryk Wieniawski competition in Poznan, including the prize for the best performance of a comtemporary work. In 2004 Alena won the Grand Prix at the Moscow International Niccolò Paganini Competition, giving her the right to perform on the Stradivarius violin that belonged to Henryk Wieniawski; she was also awarded the Gold Medal and audience prize at the International Violin Competition in Sendai (2007).

Alena’s discography includes recordings of concerti by Bruch and Shostakovich with the Russian National Orchestra (Pentatone Classics), concerti by Szymanowski (DUX) and sonatas by Poulenc, Prokofiev and Debussy (SIMC). She also has a diverse range of recordings made on radio and television in Belgium, Germany, Israel, Poland, Japan, Portugal, Russia and the USA. Her rapidly expanding repertoire includes over forty violin concerti and numerous sonatas and other works from different eras.

July 2017