Violist from Kiev, Ukraine, who attended the Gnessin Institute in Moscow and received qualifications in chamber music, pedagogy, and solo viola, under the tutelage of Yuri Jurov. In 1980, he joined the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and remained with them for a decade. He relocated to Spain in 1990 and performed with the Moscow Virtuosi until 1995.
Other groups with whom he has worked include Camerata Amsterdam, dePhilharmonie, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherland Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherland Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra, and Pianokwartet Indigo.
On 28th November 1996, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra appeared at the Grote Zaal in Amsterdam with a program that included works by Sir Edward Elgar, Cesar Franck, and Richard Strauss, specifically, Don Quixote.
Igor is equally comfortable in a chamber setting, such as the one he found himself in about a year later, in a recital of Jewish-themed music, comprising Ernest Bloch’s “Gebet” and “Meditation hebraique”, Max Bruch’s “Acht Stucke fur Klarinette, Viola and Klavier op. 83”, Aaron Copland’s “Vitebsk”, and Maurice Ravel’s “Kaddisch”.
On 20th November 1997, he teamed up with cellist Victor Yoran, pianist Vladimir Stoupel, and violinists Alexander Baev and Anna Rabinova, in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Klavierquintett f-Moll op. 34” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Klavierquintett h-Moll op. 3”.
Rachmaninov, Strauss and Tchaikovsky were on the menu when the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra served up a concert at Vredenburg on 18th March 2000.
On 26th October 2007, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra interpreted Sergei Prokofiev’s Egyptische Nachten, Camille Saint-Saens’ “Concert voor piano en orkest nr. 5 op.103 in F”, and Igor Stravinsky’s Petroesjka.
Pianokwartet Indigo offered up an all-Tchaikovsky affair on 16th November 2007 at the Anneville Coach House in Ulvenhout.
dePhilharmonie, in tandem with Piet van Bockstal and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, put on an electric program on 25th January 2008 that featured Bela Bartok’s “Muziek voor strijkers, slagwerk en celesta”, Patrick De Clerck’s “Ai Morti” and “Dubbelconcerto voor viool en hobo”, and Zoltan Kodaly’s “Concerto voor orkest”.
On 15th February 2008, Pianokwartet Indigo returned to the Anneville Coach House for an evening of Brahms and Dvorak. They performed Saint-Saens’ “Quartet in B minor”, Strauss’s “Quartet in C minor”, and Joaquin Turina’s “Quartet in A minor” on 6th April 2008. In May 2008, they made a successful sweep of St. Petersburg, Russia, including stops at a Dutch church, the Hermitage Auditorium, and the Philharmonie concert hall. Their programs included music by Brahms, Mikhail Glinka, Saint-Saens, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Turina. On 3rd October 2008, their focus was on Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Mozart, in a recital at Breda, Noord-Brabant.
Igor rang in the holiday season with Groot Omrepkoor, the Nationaal Kinderkoor, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra on 13th December 2008, in a performance of Mauricio Kagel’s Sankt-Bach-Passion. On 17th October 2009, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, in collaboration with Groot Omroepkoor, interpreted Daphnis et Chloe by Ravel, “Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune” by Claude Debussy, and “Wake” by Klaas de Vries. No less ambitious was their concert on 17th April 2010, that featured “Tweede pianoconcert in c, opus 18” by Rachmaninov, “Vijfde symfonie in Bes, opus 100” by Prokofiev, and “Wings of the Wind” by Victoria Borisova-Ollas.
In July 2010, Igor and others from Pianokwartet Indigo served as adjudicators at the International Music Competition in Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic.
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra presented a Russian double-header on 17th September 2010 that shone the spotlight on Anatoli Liadov’s “Baba-Jaga” and Prokofiev’s “Pianoconcert nr. 3 in C opus 26”.
Here he is on viola with the Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Holberg Suite Op. 40 – Rigaudon by Edvard Grieg…