Alena Baeva: From Prizewinner to Performer

A portrait of violinist Alena Baeva. Protégée of Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa, and winner of the Wieniawski Competition (aged 16) and Moscow Paganini Competition (aged 20), she is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation. Having already carved out an impressive career to date, Alena works regularly as a soloist with top orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Weimar, Orchestre national de Lille, and the Belgian National Orchestra. Conductor collaborations include Vladimir Jurowski, Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Pablo Heras-Casado. Her sonata partner is Vadym Kholodenko (2013 winner of the Van Cliburn Competition, and other chamber music partners to date have Marta Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Аlexander Knyazev, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Shlomo Mintz, Itamar Golan, Аlexander Melnikov. Alena’s rapidly expanding repertoire includes over forty violin concerti and numerous sonatas and other works from different eras.