He is a double
bass player and teacher born in Russia who initially studied the cello and
received his musical education at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow and the Ippolativ-Ivanov College.
When he was 16 years old he made the change from the cello to the
In 1983 he
became the Principal Double Bass of the Bolshoi
Theatre Orchestra as well as ensembles that include The Soloists of the
Moscow Philharmonic, the Moscow Soloists and The Moscow Academy of
Music. He remained with these
groups until 1997.
In 1984 he was
the first prize winner of the All Soviet Union Double Bass Competition and
5 years later followed it up by winning first prize at Parma’s Giovanni Bottesini
In 1995 he
became the conductor and artistic cirector of the
Moscow Instrumental Capella and remained with
them until 1998 although has performed with them regularly ever since.
he accepted the position of Principal Double Bass with the London Symphony
Orchestra and has given several solo performances with them.
In 2012 he
performed at the Wimbledon International Music Festival.
No stranger to
the recording studio he has performed on a 1991 CD released by The Soloists
of the Bolshoi Theatre and a 1995 French release
of music by Giovanni Bottesini as well as Rodnaya Rech’ (Tugan Tel’) by Alsou,
Ideale: The Songs of Paolo Tosti
by Ben Heppner and Music of Hope
by Tim Janis, Gustav Holst: The Planets by the LSO and Fresh Aire 8
by Mannheim Steamroller.
In the field of
musical education he was on the faculties of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Central Specialist Music School and the Moscow Conservatory Music College from 1991 to 1997. In 1999 he became a faculty member
of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is a Professor of
Double Bass and in 2007 he became a professor at the Royal College of
Music. He also holds masterclasses as a member of
is the violinist Alina Ibragimov.