One of the world’s most highly acclaimed chamber ensembles, THE MOSCOW SOLOISTS were founded by Yuri Bashmet in March 1992. Comprised of leading young graduates – all under 30 – from the Moscow Conservatory, the orchestra made its debut in May 1992 at the main hall of the Conservatory. Two days later, the ensemble made a highly successful Paris debut at the Salle Pleyel.
Since that time, the Moscow Soloists have performed in many other prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Additionally, tours have taken the orchestra to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Israel, Greece, and Turkey. Its festival appearances have included concerts at the BBC Proms, the Evian Festival, the Montreux Music Festival, the Sydney Festival, and the annual “December Nights” Festival in Moscow.
The Moscow Soloists have worked with such celebrated soloists as Sviatoslav Richter, Gidon Kremer, Mstislav Rostropovich, Viktor Tretyakov, Maxim Vengerov, Barbara Hendricks, Lynn Harrell, and James Galway. In 1994 the Moscow Soloists recorded the Schnittke “Triple Concerto” with Kremer, Rostropovich, and Bashmet as soloists for EMI Classics. As part of Bashmet’s exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, they made their first recording for that label in 1998. The Moscow Soloists have also recorded programs for broadcast by Russian televison and on many of the world’s major radio networks, including the BBC, Bavarian Radio, Radio France, and the NHK in Japan.
The original Moscow Soloists were founded by Yuri Bashmet in 1986. After several years of touring and recording, the musicians in the orchestra emigrated from Russia, while Bashmet remained in Moscow and re-established the ensemble with an entirely new group of virtuoso players.