Alexander Osokin

Alexander Osokin was born in Moscow into a family of musicians (his father was a composer and his mother, a cellist and teacher). He began his musical studies at the age of six at the Central School of Music in his hometown and then studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with M. Rostropovich, obtaining his PhD specializing in String Quartet at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow under the supervision of Berlinsky. He participated as first cellist in the Herbert von Karajan International Competition in Berlin, where he won first prize and the gold medal and subsequently occupied the position of co-principal cellist in the International Orchestra, under the baton of von Karajan.

For 25 years he was a member of the Moscow String Quartet, distinguished with first prizes at various international competitions, working with composers such as D. Shostakovich in interpreting their own works. In addition to giving numerous concerts in different countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America, he also made a large number of recordings with this same quartet (on CD, radio and television). He has recorded a variety of CD compilations interpreting all of Tchaikovsky’s quartets, trios and quintets, and A. Borodin’s sextet. The CDs with the works of Borodin was awarded the “CHOC” Prize in Paris. He formed part of another quartet with Spivakov called the Spivakov Quartet, with which he performed in the major concert halls in Europe, the USA and Japan. He is one of the founders of the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra, conducted by V. Spivakov. He recorded four CDs of Beethoven’s trios for violin, cello and piano with the Trio Picasso. He has recorded over 30 CDs with different ensembles for different record labels: BMG/RCA (USA), Le Chant du Monde (France), Melodiya (Russia), Ángel (Mexico), Tañides (Spain), RBM (Germany) and Brilliant classics (United Kingdom). He has played in the world’s major concert halls and most prestigious festivals and has performed in over 4,000 concerts as a soloist and as a member of different chamber music ensembles and orchestras in more than 35 countries worldwide. Among other figures, he has shared the stage with D. Oistrakh, Menuhin, Rostropovich, V. Kraynev, D. Bashkirov, A. Liubimov, E. Kisin, Maria Joao Pires, Y. Bashmet and M. Maisky.

He has extensive experience in the field of teaching. He began working in Spain in 1990 under contract to the Prince of Asturias Foundation as a member of the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra, subsequently developing developed a broad-ranging career in this country as a concert pianist and music teacher, giving master classes in many cities. Some of his pupils have won first prizes in numerous competitions. He has been a member of the jury at the National Competition for Cellists in Zaragoza, artistic director of the Arquillos Cello Competition (Jaén), he has taught cello on University of Oviedo post-graduate courses, cello and chamber music at the Julian Orbón Conservatory in Avilés (between 1998-2017), and member of the jury at the International Competition for Cellists in Llanes.

He is currently cello and chamber music professor at the Katarina Gurska School of Music, in Madrid and on the Solo Performance Master’s Degree (MIS), at the same School.

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