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Alexander Ivashkin


Born: 1948 Died: 2014


As a soloist Alexander Ivashkin has performed in more than thirty countries. He is a regular guest at many important music festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and has performed as soloist with leading orchestras all over the world. He has performed at major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall, London, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Musikhalle, Hamburg, Dvorak Hall, Prague, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and Philharmonic Hall, St Petersburg. Along with Mstislav Rostropovich and Natalia Gutman he is one of the cellists, for whom Alfred Schnittke composed, and he has recorded the complete works for cello by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Schnittke, Kancheli, Roslavets and Tcherepnin on the Chandos, Naxos and BMG labels. A Professor of Music, Director of the Centre for Russian Music and Head of Performance Studies at the University of London, Alexander Ivashkin is also Artistic Director of the Adam International Cello Festival and Competition in New Zealand ( since 1995) and of annual festivals in London.

Alexander Ivashkin is also well known as a conductor. He conducts orchestras and choruses in Great Britain, Russia, New Zealand, Canada, Armenia, and Turkey. He is New Zealand citizen, and lived and worked in NZ in 1990s.

World premieres of the works by NZ composers: Lyell Creswell, Gilllian Whitehead, Christopher Cree-Brown and Brigid Bisley.

New Zealand Recording Industry Award for ' Under the Southern Cross' CD ( ODE/BMG), featuring NZ and Australian music for solo cello. - 1999 National Award of Excellence, for the achievements in performance, education and research, New Zealand, - 1996

50+ world premieres, including most recent ones: Brahms - Cello Concerto (with Hamburg SO, Hamburg, Musikhalle, 2004) Korndorf - Cello concerto (with Winniperg SO, Canada, Winnipeg Concert Hall , 2004) Karayev - 'Ist es genug?' for cello and orchestra (Rakhmaninov Concert Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, with Moscow Studio of New Music orchestra, 2005)

Commissioned (3)


for two cellos


for cello and tape, 7m

Recordings (3)

Anna Akhmatova - Alexander Ivashkin

Nz recordings not by sounz composers

Pacific Voyage

Nz recordings other genres