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    Violist Yuri Bashmet receives honour from Putin


    Bashmet received the title of Hero of Labour from the Russian president on 12 June

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    Yuri Bashmet hospitalised with Covid-19


    The 67-year-old musician’s condition is not thought to be serious 

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    Forecasting the future: Postcard from Sochi


    The 13th Winter International Arts Festival in February presented no fewer than seven world premieres, a Beethoven sonata marathon and a double bass extravaganza, writes Peter Quantrill, who met artistic director Yuri Bashmet

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    Violist Yuri Bashmet shares his dream about Vladimir Putin


    I dreamed that my president Vladimir Putin was wearing a suit and white sports shoes - and he was very angry with me...' In a lighthearted interlude during his masterclass on Shostakovich's Sonata for Viola and Piano at the Verbier Festival Academy, Yuri Bashmet shares a dream ...

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    Quintet dream team: Joshua Bell, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky, Henning Kraggerud, Martha Argerich


    Martha Argerich (piano), Mischa Maisky (cello), Joshua Bell (violin), Henning Kraggerud (violin) and Yuri Bashmet (viola) come together in a dream lineup to perform Shostakovich's Piano Quintet, op.57 at the 2008 Verbier Festival. Read: ‘I often have to battle negative thoughts on stage,’ says violinist Joshua Bell ...

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    Violist Yuri Bashmet in tailpiece disaster


    Violist Yuri Bashmet reacts with admirable calm and humour when his tailpiece detaches itself from his instrument mid-performance. Watch: Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt in page-turning disaster Watch: A bow hair catastrophe

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    Violist Yuri Bashmet on rubato


    Rubato can only be effective if you work within the structure of a clear beat' Violist Yuri Bashmet describes how best to use rubato as part of a masterclass on Shostakovich's Sonata for Viola and Piano, recorded at the Verbier Festival Academy. The full 123-minute video is ...

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    Yuri Bashmet loses honorary professorship at Lviv music academy


    The violist, violinist and conductor Yuri Bashmet has been stripped of his title as honorary professor at the Lviv National Music Academy (LNMA) in Lviv, Ukraine. Bashmet, 61, was granted the title in 2012. According to a statement from the LNMA, the decision was taken in response ...

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    Yuri Bashmet performs Schnittke's Viola Concerto


    Yuri Bashmet, who yesterday performed at the 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in Sochi, performs Schnittke's Viola Concerto under conductor Valery Gergiev. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase back issues click here.

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    Yuri Bashmet

    The Russian violinist, violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet has steadily forged a reputation as a bold contemporary artist, unafraid of risk-taking. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Vadim Borisovsky and Fyodor Druzhinin, he was the first violist to perform a solo recital in ...