The Russian cellist, Alexander Zagorinsky, graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1986 and worked as' probationer-assistant to Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya until 1988. He also is a prize-winner of several national and international music competitions,-among them the ALL- Russian Musical Competition in 1985, the 5th International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani (Italy) in 1988, and the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990.
From 1991 to 2000 Alexander Zagorinsky has been the first concertmaster of the cello-group of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2000 - 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 title "Honored Artist of Russia"
Alexander Zagorinsky maintains an active concert schedule, appearing in the music halls of Moscow and other Russian cities, as well as' many other countries of the world. He has rich repertoire and excels equally in performing works by classical, romantic and modem composers. He has performed with many renowned musicians, among them: pianists Igor Zhukov, Yuri Rozum, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, organist and pianist Alexey Shmitov, etc. He has also appeared with famous symphony orchestras under conductors Vassily Sinaisky, Yuri Simonov, Konstantin Orbelian, Mark Ermler, Vladimir Ziva and others. Musical reviewers do stress in performance of the musician great temperament, mastership in style, nobility and virtuosity. Many works were recorded by A. Zagorinsky for the Recording House Musical Foundation in Moscow, Russia, c ,g.
Alexander Zagorinsky is known for his close collaboration withj modem composers and as a first performer of several works by Edison Denisov, V. Dashkevich, Yu. Kasparov, A. Rozanblat, A. Shchetynsky (Ukraine), Y. Galperin (France) and some other composers. Together with the brilliant jazz pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin, he for the first time performed Kapustin's two jazzy sonatas, pieces, ensembles and also for the very first time performed concert for cello with chamber orchestra (Big Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, 2002).
Alexander Zagorinsky teaches music at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow.