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Yuri Bashmet

  • Conductor
  • Violist


Yuri Bashmet press reviews

'...without doubt, one of the world's greatest living musicians.'
- The Times

'The evening's highlight was Schnittke's Viola Concerto, a subtle and lyrical masterpiece written for its peerless soloist, Yuri Bashmet. To hear a more authentic performance would be impossible, a finer one inconceivable.'
- Evening Standard

'Mr Bashmet is probably the most formidable exponent of the viola today. More than that, he is a string player of altogether uncanny powers. His tone is vocal, expressively vocal, devoid of artifice. He can move without a break from the most hushed, liquid legato to a huge, hall-filling fortissimo.'
- New York Times


USSR State Prize (1986)
People's Artist of the USSR (1991)
State Prize of the Russian Federation (1994, 1996)
Sonning Award (1995; Denmark)
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2000, France)
Légion d'honneur (2003, France)
Grammy Award (2008; USA)
Order of Merit (Ukraine)
Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, London