Alexei Utkin

Alexei Utkin

Conductor • Oboe

Biography

Ever since perfecting his great natural talent as an oboe virtuoso at the Moscow Conservatory, Alexei Utkin has been widely known in both Russia and abroad. After joining the Russian chamber orchestra, The ‘Moscow Virtuosi’, he soon became a highly notable figure in the Russian musical life. Since Utkin’s revolutionary breakthrough on the world stage as a soloist with his interpretations of Antonio Pasculli, a composer known as ‘the Paganini of the oboe’, the press has enthused that ‘he has transformed oboe, an instrument of the background, into the hero of wonderful events’.

The oboe is known as one of the most capricious and wayward instruments, however in Alexei Utkin’s hands it’s exceptionally obedient. In long complicated passages his breath seems to be endless and his intonation clarity is remarkable. Utkin has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious venues across the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Academia Santa Cecilia, Champs Elysess Theatre, Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, Auditorio Nacionale, Madrid, Hercules-Saal, Munich and Beethovenhalle, Bonn.

Utkin became the artistic director of the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra in 2000. He is a teacher at the Moscow Conservatory and tours with the ‘Moscow Virtuosi’ orchestra.

Besides performing, Utkin has also transcribed many diverse works, from early music to modern classical compositions, always preserving the composer’s articulation. Utkin believes that perfection in the early music repertoire cannot be achieved on authentic instruments, consequently he does not perform with historical oboes. The virtuoso’s repertoire consists of high-end interpretations from compositions by Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, Mozart, Strauss, Shostokavitch, Penderecki and Britten.

Developing his great natural talent as an oboe virtuoso at the Moscow Conservatory, Alexei Utkin is currently widely known in both Russia and abroad. After joining the Russian chamber orchestra, The ‘Moscow Virtuosi’, he soon became a highly notable figure in the Russian musical life. Since Utkin’s revolutionary breakthrough on the world stage as a soloist with his interpretations of Antonio Pasculli, a composer known as ‘the Paganini of the oboe’, the press has described his accomplishments as ‘he has transformed oboe, an instrument of the background, into the hero of wonderful events’.

The oboe is known as one of the most capricious and wayward instruments, however in Alexei Utkin’s hands it’s exceptionally obedient. In long complicated passages his breath seems to be endless and his intonation clarity is remarkable. Utkin is being invited to perform at some of the most prestigious venues across the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Academia Santa Cecilia, Champs Elysess Theatre, Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Auditorio Nacionale (Madrid), Hercules-Saal (Munich) and Beethovenhalle (Bonn).

Utkin became the artistic director of the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra in 2000. He’s a teacher at the Moscow Conservatory and touring with the ‘Moscow Virtuosi’ orchestra.

Next to playing complete repertoires for the oboe, Utkin also transcribes from early music to modern classical compositions for other instruments to oboe pieces while safe-keeping the composer’s articulation. Utkin believes that the perfection in the early music repertoire can’t be achieved on authentic instruments, consequently he doesn’t perform with historical oboes. The virtuoso’s repertoire consists of high-end interpretations from compositions by Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, Mozart, Strauss, Shostokavitch, Penderecki and Britten.

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