Accompanied by the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker (Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra), the Russian violinist Alena Baeva performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovski’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35. Written in 1878, it is one of the best known and most performed violin concertos, and is considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin.
Alena Baeva (born 1985) is a Russian violinist, winner of the Grand-prix at the Second Moscow Paganini violin competition in 2004, the First Prize and nine Special Prizes at the XII International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2001, and the First Prize at the International T. Wronski solo violin competition in Warsaw for violinists under 30 in 2000.
On June 2, 2007, Baeva was declared 1st prize winner of the 3rd Sendai International Music Competition, in the violin section.
A protégée of Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa, Alena Baeva is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation – having already carved out an impressive career to date working regularly as a soloist with orchestras including the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Svetlanov Academic Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, German Radio Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium. Alena has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Paavo Berglund, Kazuki Yamada, Sakari Oramo, and Pablo Heras-Casado. Her chamber music partners have included Marta Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis, Nikolai Lugansky, Misha Maisky, Аlexander Knyazev, Vadym Kholodenko (with whom she has established an 8-year long musical partnership), and Itamar Golan.
Alena Baeva was born in 1985 to a musical family. At the age of five she began studying the violin in Alma-Ata under Olga Danilova. From 1995 she was a student with Professor Eduard Grach at the Central School of Music of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and from 2002-2007 at the Moscow Conservatoire itself. Apart from formal studies, her two most important influencers and supporters were Mstislav Rostropovich and Seiji Ozawa. In 2003 she was invited by Rostropovich to study in France and since 2007, Ms. Baeva has participated in Seiji Ozawa’s Academy in Switzerland. She has taken part in various master-classes, including those under Ida Haendel, Maxim Vengerov, Shlomo Mintz, and Boris Garlitsky. In 2004 Alena Baeva won the Grand Prix at the Moscow International Niccolò Paganini Competition, giving her the right to perform on the Stradivarius violin that belonged to Henryk Wieniawski; she also took the Gold Medal and audience prize at the International Violin Competition in Sendai (2007).