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Alena Baeva

Violin

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.

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Alena Baeva performs with major French orchestras

Alena Baeva performs with major French orchestras

Performing in no fewer than seven concerts over a two week period, Alena Baeva will begin her own ‘Tour de France’ with the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No1 in Nantes (3 & 4 April) and Angers (5 & 8 April) with Maestro Josep Pons  Her travels will then ...

Alena Baeva performs with Slovak Philharmonic and returns to La Folle Journée Festival

Alena Baeva performs with Slovak Philharmonic and returns to La Folle Journée Festival

Following her acclaimed debut at the La Folle Journée Festival in 2017, Alena Baeva returns to Nantes on 2 February to perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Liss  Alena will also collaborate with pianist Vadym Kholodenko for a recital performance on 3 February of Korngold’s Violin Sonata and Bloch’s ...

Biography

Alena Baeva is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation, having already carved out an impressive career to date and working regularly with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors.

Born 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 (an affiliate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire), and from 2002-2007 at the Moscow Conservatoire itself. In addition to her formal studies, Baeva was a protégée of Mstislav Rostropovich (at whose invitation she studied in France, 2003) and Seiji Ozawa (whose Academy in Switzerland she began attending in 2007).

Aged 16, Baeva won the Grand Prix at the 12th International Henryk Wieniawski Competition (Poland, 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 (Russia, 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 (Japan, 2007).

With an already vast and rapidly expanding repertoire, including over forty violin concerti, Baeva is a champion of lesser known works. Her extensive discography reflects the impressive breadth of her repertoire, with recordings of Bruch and Shostakovich (recorded by Pentatone Classics), Szymanowski (DUX), Debussy, Poulenc, and Prokofiev (SIMC). She has been frequently broadcast live in concert on radio and television across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Amongst the conductors with whom she works regularly, 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 will 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 Paavo Järvi & NHK Symphony Orchestra, in Tokyo.

Other conductor collaborations to date include Vladimir Fedoseyev, Pablo Heras-Casado, Jacek Kaspszyk, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sakari Oramo, Thomas Sanderling, 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 Vadym Kholodenko, with whom she has established a musical partnership of more than a decade.

Recent and future concerto highlights include Weimar Staatskapelle/Kirill Karabits (R. Strauss), Düsseldorf Symphony/Alexander Bloch (Tchaikovsky), Freiburg Philarmonic/Jader Bignamini (Bartok No.2), American Symphony/Leon Botstein (Bacewicz No.7), Philharmonie Zuidnederland/Dmitri Liss (Szymanowski No.1), Orchestre National de Lille/Jean-Claude Casadesus (Prokofiev No.2), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Grzegorz Nowak (Karłowicz), London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski (Tchaikovsky), and NHK Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi (R. Strauss).

Baeva enjoys a particularly strong profile in Russia, working regularly with the Mariinsky Orchestra, MusicaÆterna, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ (GASO), and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. Elsewhere, she works with top orchestras and ensembles such as the Israel Camerata, London Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.  Baeva is a regular performer at major international festivals across Europe.

Reviews

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
 (Lincoln Center debut)
, 2017
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
 (Review of Mariinsky/Gergiev DVD)
, 2016
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

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

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

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

“Alena Baeva is an impressive young violinist from Kazakhstan who gives here a brilliant and compelling performance of both Szymanowski violin concertos, with a Polish orchestra and on a Polish label.”
Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2008

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)

Alena Baeva

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