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Yegor Dyachkov

  • Cellist


“Yegor Dyachkov is undoubtedly a cellist of great stature: the natural bowing, the rich, deep sound, the total concentration, the interpretative sense, he has it all.” (Claude Gingras, La Presse, Montreal). An inspired recitalist and chamber musician and respected orchestral soloist, he has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada and the United States.
In addition to a concert schedule including invitations from such noted ensembles as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, he has also performed at a wide array of festivals such as those in Évian, Kronberg, Tanglewood, Ottawa, Lanaudière and Vancouver. These engagements have lead to many invaluable partnerships with outstanding ensembles and interpreters.
Committed to chamber music as a fundamental means of musical expression and development, Yegor Dyachkov has performed with the Arditti, Arthur-Leblanc, Borromeo and St. Lawrence Quartets, pianists Jean Saulnier, Lois Shapiro, Anton Kuerti and Stéphane Lemelin, violonists Antje Weithaas, Scott St. John and Yehonatan Berick, cellist Steven Isserlis, and clarinetists James Campbell, Todd Palmer and André Moisan. Yegor Dyachkov accords a prominent place to contemporary music in his repertoire.
He gave the premier performances of several works that are dedicated to him: the Sonata by Jacques Hétu, Ironman for cello and orchestra by Michael Oesterle, Vez for solo cello by Ana Sokolovic, as well as Menuhin : Présence, a concerto written for him by the late André Prévost. He was the soloist for both the first French and the first Canadian performances of Giya Kancheli's Diplipito for cello, counter-tenor and orchestra. He has also been invited by Yo-Yo Ma and Sony Music to take part in the Silk Road Project. Born in Moscow in 1974, Yegor Dyachkov studied with Aleksandr Fedorchenko at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and Yuli Turovsky at the University of Montreal. From 1995 to 1998, he enjoyed the rare privilege of being one of two people to study under Boris Pergamenschikov at the Hochschule in Cologne.
Although he continues to favour live performance, recording is a way to extend his horizons. Winning the Orford International Competition in 1997 led to an invitation from the Chandos label to record his debut CD featuring Glazunov's Concerto Ballata. He subsequently made critically acclaimed recordings for the Analekta, Pelléas, Riche Lieu, Doberman-Yppan et Brioso. His performances have been broadcast and televised in Canada and abroad. The breadth of Yegor Dyachov's musical commitment also extends to teaching master classes and maintaining a dialogue with young musicians. He teaches at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and at the Domaine Forget Academy.