Grigori Zhislin
violin | Russian Federation, °1945 - 2017
 
Grigori Zhislin was born in St. Petersburg, and graduated from Moscow Conservatorium under the guidance of the great Russian teacher Yuri Yankelevitch. At the age of 22 he won the first prize in the Paganini Competition and the Silver Medal in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. His international career has since made him one of the most renowned violinists on the concert circuit. His repertoire includes over one hundred concertos for violin and viola, and numerous recital and chamber music programmes ranging from Baroque to contemporary music.

Grigori Zhislin has performed as soloist with the leading Russian orchestras such as St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, State Symphony Orchestra, as well as RAI (Milano, Torino), ABC Orchestras (Australia), Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Sinfoniker, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Cracow Philharmonic, Stockholm Radio Orchestra, Bergen Harmonien, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, under conductors such as Herbert Blomsted, Aldo Ceccato, Erik Klass, Karl Österreicher, Kiril Kondraschin, Dimitri Kitaenko, Alexander Lazarew, Arvid Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov, Maris Jansons, Woldemar Nelsson, Saulius Sondeckis, Tadeusz Strugala, Natan Rakhlin, Noeme Jarvi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and many others.

He is regularly invited to international music festivals including Moscow Stars, Warsaw Autumn, Prague Spring, Fiorentino Maggio, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. He is also a frequent member of the jury in the international violin competitions such as the Paganini in Genoa, Montreal, Citta de Brescia, Henryk Wieniawski in Poland, and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition in England.

Grigori Zhislin has cooperated closely with such composers as Schnittke, Denisov, Sofia Gubaydullina, and Krystof Penderecki. He gave the first performance in Russia of Penderecki's violin concerto, and the two formed a close relationship. Together they have recorded all of Penderecki's violin and viola works. In 1983, at Penderecki's request, Zhislin began to play the viola, in order to give the first European performance of Penderecki's viola concerto, and Penderecki also dedicated his Cadenza per Viola Solo to Zhislin.

Grigori Zhislin is Professor of Violin and Viola at the Royal College of Music in London. He is also visiting professor in Finland, Norway and Poland, and gives Master Classes in Germany, Yugoslavia and the USA.
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