|10/04/10||New York Times / Ruby Washington||Is It Traditional or Modern?|
Alena BaevaAlena Baeva, the 26-year-old Russian violinist, is one of the most powerful talents of her generation.
Ms. Baeva has been invited to play with orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Russian National Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, and "Les Siecles", under conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, P. Berglund, S. Skrowaczewski, J. Maksimyuk, A. Lazarev and V. Fedosseyev. Her chamber music partners are Yuri Bashmet and Shlomo Mintz, Itamar Golan and Alexander Melnikov, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and Alexander Kniazev.
Alena Baeva started an international career at the age of 10 with a concert in Tours, France. She participates in Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland every year since 2007, and she has been invited to other festivals in Vienna, Istanbul, Shanghai, Prague, etc.
Her recent recitals in Theatre de la Ville (Paris), at the Ravinia festival in Chicago (USA), and in Hamarikyu Asahi Hall (Tokyo) met with great success, as well as her symphonic debuts in UK with the Beethoven Concerto (English Classical Players / J. Brett) and in Denmark with the Szymanowski Concerto (Danish Royal Opera / S. Skrowaszewski).
Ms. Baeva has performed in such halls as the Herkules-halle (Munich), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Verdi Hall (Milan), Carnegie Hall (New-York), Palais de Beaux-Arts (Brussels), the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Auditorium du Louvre, UNESCO, Salle Gaveau, Theatre de Champs-Elysees (Paris).
After winning first prize at the prestigious Wieniawski competition in Poznan (2001), Ms.Baeva also won Grand-Prix at the Moscow Paganini (2004) and the Gold Medal in Sendai, Japan (2007). She has over 35 concertos in her repertoire, and also loves playing chamber music.
Ms. Baeva studied in Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan) with O.Danilova from 5 years old, and then in Moscow with Professor Eduard Grach from 1995-2002. For several years Alena has been working with Maestro M.Rostropovich, S.Mintz and Ida Haendel.
Ms. Baeva has recorded for Pentatone Classics (Bruch/Schostakovich), DUX (Szymanowski Violin concertos) and SIMC (Poulenc/Debussy/Prokofiev Sonatas).
Currently Ms. Baeva plays an Antonio Stradivari violin, owned by the State Collection of Russia.