Through his virtuosity, strength of personality and musical intelligence, Yuri Bashmet has given the viola a new lease of life. One of the most pre-eminent viola players of today, he has motivated a number of leading contemporary composers to expand their repertoire to incorporate musical for viola. In addition to performing worldwide in concertos and as a conductor, he has collaborated in a number of chamber music projects with such names as Anne Sophie Mutter, Lyn Harrell, Martha Argerich, Vadim Repin, Evgeny Kissin.
He is Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia and founder/director of Moscow Soloists.
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