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Alexei Ogrintchouk (Oboe)

Born: 1978 - Moscow, Russia

The Russian oboist, Alexei Ogrintchouk, began studies at the Gnessin School of Music in his Moscow before continuing his education at the Paris Conservatoire; his teachers included Maurice Bourgue, Jacques Tys, and Jean-Louis Capezzali, he combines astounding technique with virtuosity and lyricism.. Originally from Moscow, Alexei was already performing all over Russia, Europe and Japan from the age of 13. He is the winner of a number of international competitions including the prestigious CIEM International Competition in Geneva at the age of 19; the European Juventus Prize in 1999, two Victoires de la Musique Classique awards in France in 2002, the Triumph Prize in Russia in 2005, and the Borletti Buitini Trust Award in 2007. As a “Rising Star” and participant in the BBC New Generation Artists Programme, he was able to make appearances in various concert halls throughout Europe.

After his initial engagement with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Valery Gergiev (at the age of 20), Alexei Ogrintchouk was appointed in August 2005 as first solo oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam with Mariss Jansons.

Alexei Ogrintchouk is one of the most outstanding oboists performing today He manages to combine orchestral playing with his ever-increasing solo engagements. A charismatic and technically brilliant soloist, he has performed concertos under the baton of conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Seiji Ozawa, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Michel Plasson, Sir Andrew Davis, Roman Kofman, Daniel Harding, Stephan Deneve, Lothar Zagrosek, Jaap van Zweden, John Neschling, Andris Nelsons, Susanna Malkki, Walter Weller, Ion Marin, Lu Jia, Gianandrea Noseda, Hubert Soudant, Martyn Brabbins, Thomas Sanderling, Kees Bakels and with the world's greatest orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, all the Orchestras of the BBC, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Kontzerthausorchester Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, National Orchestra of Belgium, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, Moscow Soloists, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Orchestre d'Auvergne, Europa Galante, Köln Sinfonietta, New European Strings as well as the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Mito Chamber Orchestra, and UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra.

As a recitalist and chamber musician Alexei Ogrintchouk is much in demand and has performed throughout the world including in Theatre du Chatelet, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Cite de la Musique, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New-York, Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Suntory Hall in Tokyo... He is also a frequent guest at festivals such as BBC PROMS, MIDEM, Colmar, Lockenhaus, Verbier, Luzern, Berliner Festspiele, Santa Cecilia, Cortona, Edinburgh Internation Festival, City of London Festival and the White Nights, Crescendo, Svyatoslav Richter December Nights and Easter Festival in Russia.

His chamber music partners have included Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Thomas Quasthoff, Mischa Maisky, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maurice Bourgue, Sarah Chang, Tabea Zimmermann, Nikolai Znaider, Valery Afanassiev, Julian Rachlin, Leif Ove Andsnes, Fabio Biondi, Alexander Lonquich, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Sergio Azzolini as well as Belcea, Eben, Sine Nomine and Tokyo string quartets.

Alexei Ogrintchouk has been a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 2001 and at the Rotterdam Conservatory since 2003, professor at the Musikene in San Sebastian since 2009 and giving a number of master-classes such as Pablo Casals Chamber Music Academy in Prades, Mahler Academy in Ferrara, Cursos de Verano in Bilbao, Academie Musicale de Villecroze or Weimar International Master Class.

His first CD with the works by Robert Schumann was released on Harmonia Mundi "Nouveau musicians" Series to exceptional reviews. His discography includes the world premiere of the slow movement of L.v. Beethoven oboe concerto (Raptus classics), music by Benjamin Britten (Record One), Skalkotas (Bis Records). He also recently recorded the W.A. Mozart's Oboe Concerto with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (PentaTone Classics).

«...It was obvious right from the start: Ogrintchouk is a great master of the oboe. His style cannot be pigeonholed.
Ogrintchouk combines the best of different schools in his playing. His sound has exactly the quality which an oboe deserves but seldom has: it is round, open, steady, colourful, agile and it can be used for the expression of the greatest variety of emotions.» - De Telegraaf

Source: Alexei Ogrintchouk Website; Lucene Festival Website (2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2010)

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