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Alexei Utkin (Oboe)

The name of Alexey Utkin is now well know both in Russia and Europe . His popularity is equal to the one of The «Moscow Virtuosi» under direction of V. Spivakov, where Alexey Utkin performs since 1982. The great school of working with Spivakov which Utkin went through when he became a member of The «Moscow Virtuosi» after graduation from the Moscow Conservatory, the brilliant musical education, and his natural gift made him a remarkable figure in the world of music.

The solo career of the oboist who is universally recognized is quite a rare case. He performs with such famous musicians as Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Eliso Virsaladze, Alexander Rudin, Radovann Vladkovitch, Valery Popov, Elena Obraztsova, David Daniels and many other stars of the classical stage.

His career is being formed by the numerous performances in the West in the most prestigious concert halls of the world: «Carnegy Hall», «Every Fisher Hall» (New York), «Concertgebau» (Amsterdam), «Palas de la Musica» (Barcelona), «Auditorio Nationale» (Madrid), «Academia Santa Cecilia» (Rome), «Champs Elysees» (Paris), «Hercules Hall» (Munich), «Bethoven Hall» (Bonn), where he is frequently invited to perform with most famous ensembles. Many of his solo programs won attention of recording companies, RCA-BMG (Classics Red Label) is one of them. Concerts by Bach for oboe and oboe d‘amour, Italian plays by Rossini, Pasculli, Vivaldi, Salieri, and also compositions by Penderetsky are among the recordings.

Alexey Utkin presents the oboe by the famous French producers of the brass musical instruments known under «Lore» brand for the International congress IDRS (International Society of oboe players, International Double Reed Society) and plays one of the rarest instruments in the world created exclusively for him.

It was Utkin‘s historical breakthrough which introduced oboe as a solo instrument on the world stage. In critics‘ opinion he «transformed oboe, an instrument of the background, into the hero of wonderful events». Having courageously started to perform all solo compositions created for oboe he began expanding the range of the instrument and its‘ potentialities at the expense of the special arrangements for oboe. The performance of compositions by Antonio Pasculli – the forgotten composer and oboist of the early 19-th century who was then bearing the proud name - "Paganini of oboe" – became the bright example of Utkin’s musical virtuosity. Today the compositions by Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, Mozart, Richard Strauss, Shostakovitch and Britten are all in the musician’s repertoire.

 




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