Yuri Bashmet is regarded as the best living violist of our time. Yuri Bashmet is singlehandedly responsible for giving the viola a new prominence in musical life. Yuri Bashmet inspired many prominent composers to write new compositions for the viola.
Yuri Bashmet is Artistic Director of the December Evenings festival in Moscow, Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia, and is the founder / director of Moscow Soloists. Yuri Bashmet frequently appears in the dual role of conductor / soloist worldwide.
Yuri Bashmet was born in 1953 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. He studied at the Moscow Conservatoire with Vadim Borisovsky and Feodor Druzhinin. In 1976 Yuri Bashmet won the International Viola Competition in Munich that instantaneously launched his career.