The Russian cellist Alexander Zagorinsky graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1986 and worked as probationer-assistant to Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya until 1988. He has been awarded several international music prizes, including the ‘ALL Russian Music Competition’ in 1985, the 5 th International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani (Italy) in 1988, and the 9 th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990. From 1991 to 2000 Alexander Zagorinsky was the first concertmaster of the cello-group of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2000 he has been the cello principal and soloist for the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (conducted by C. Orbelian). He is the soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and bears the distinction ‘Honored Artist of Russia’.
Alexander maintains an active concert schedule, appearing in the music halls of Moscow and other Russian cities, as well as internationally. He has a rich repertoire and excels equally in performing works by classical, romantic and modern composers. He has performed with many renowned musicians including pianists Igor Zhukov, Yuri Rozum, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, organist and pianist Alexey Shmitov, and many others. He has also appeared with famous symphony orchestras under conductors Vassily Sinaisky, Yuri Simonov, Konstantin Orbelian, Mark Ermler, Vladimir Ziva and others. He recorded extensively, including for the Recording House Musical Foundation in Moscow. Music reviewers and critics have acclaimed his great temperament, mastership of style, nobility and virtuosity.
Alexander Zagorinsky is known for his close collaboration with modem composers and for premiering works by Edison Denisov, V. Dashkevich, Yu. Kasparov, A. Rozanblat, A. Shchetynsky (Ukraine), Y. Galperin (France) and others. Together with the brilliant jazz pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin, he premiered Kapustin’s two jazzy sonatas and also premiered his Concerto for Cello with Chamber Orchestra (Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, 2002). In parallel with his performances, Alexander Zagorinsky teaches music at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow.