Russian Grammy Award winning orchestra to perform at London’s Cadogan Hall

Russian Grammy Award winning orchestra to perform at London’s Cadogan Hall London 07.12.11 – World renowned violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet and the famous Moscow Soloists will bring their Grammy Award winning performance to London on 15th December at Cadogan Hall, with the support of Oleg Deripaska’s Volnoe Delo Foundation.

Yuri Bashmet has called the upcoming London concert “a very special, very personal event”. In 1992, as the new Russian Federation was being born, Mr Bashmet brought together the most talented alumni, students and graduate students of the Moscow Conservatory to form the ensemble. His goal was to ensure that Russia’s musical heritage carries on and flourishes in the new Russia. Mr Bashmet explained how he will approach this concert: “I strive to create music in the moment, at the exact time and place that it is being performed.” The Moscow Soloists will bring to life selections from the masterpiece works of J.S.Bach, G.Pergolesi, G. Rossini and F.Schubert performed by Russia’s rising stars, including Alena Baeva (violin), Xenia Bashmet (piano), Dinara Alieva (soprano), Alexander Buzlov (cello) and other young and talented musicians. Oleg Deripaska, President of En+ Group and Founder of the Volnoe Delo charitable foundation, is sponsoring the Moscow Soloists’ 20th anniversary concert at Cadogan Hall.

Explaining his support for the ensemble, Oleg Deripaska said: “I am proud that Russia is home to so many of classical music’s greatest composers and performers. It is very important that we continue the best traditions of performing schools in Russia. This is why world famous Russian music groups, including the Grammy-award winning Moscow Soloists directed by Yuri Bashmet, are supported by my Volnoe Delo Foundation and others.” More information about the performance is available from Cadogan Hall on 020 7730 4500 or online at For more information about Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists, please contact: ·

Peter Kelley, Portland Communications on +44 (0) 207 842 0147 or or, · Kristen Robinson, Portland Communications on +44 (0) 207 842 0151 or

About the Moscow Soloists The history of the ensemble is closely intertwined with its founder and leader Yuri Bashmet. A singularly talented musician, his performances celebrate the poetry of string and bow and have turned the alto into one of the most enticing instruments in modern performance. Yuri Bashmet is both the head and driving force behind international festivals in Russia, Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy, founder of the Shostakovich International Foundation and annual award – and organiser of the only international alto competition in Russia. The Moscow Soloists is one of the Maestro Yuri Bashmet’s most cherished projects. Upon its creation in 1992, the ensemble promptly reaffirmed the Russian capital’s status as a centre of fine artistic performances.

The Moscow Soloists brought together the most talented alumni, students and graduate students of the Moscow Conservatory. The ensemble debuted on the legendary stage of the alma mater on May 19th, 1992. Today the orchestra is booked years in advance. The musicians have had a rich creative career: approximately 1500 concerts in over 60 countries across 5 continents, performances at the most prestigious concert halls. The ensemble, which commands a repertoire of over 250 pieces, encompassing everything from world-renowned masterpieces of classical music to the work of rarely performed composers both modern and old, will take it’s listeners on a voyage of discovery and introduce them to the finest compositions in the history of music.
About the Volnoe Delo Foundation The Volnoe Delo Foundation is one of Russia’s largest charity organisations. Founded by businessman Oleg Deripaska, the Foundation supports charitable programmes all over Russia.

One of the fastest growing charitable organisations, the Foundation’s 400 projects have benefited over 86,000 pupils, thousands of teachers and scientists, and a range of educational, cultural, and religious organisations. Programmes are privately financed by Oleg Deripaska who has spent in excess of 6.2 billion roubles. With a particular focus on the preservation of Russia’s cultural and spiritual heritage, Volnoe Delo has long supported Russian theatres and museums, theatrical schools and artistic ensembles, and young performers. The Foundation has, for many years, been supporting some of Russia’s best known cultural treasures with programme recipients including the world famous Bolshoi Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre and the Hermitage Museum. The Foundation’s programmes also fund the development of science and education, the improvement of health care, and tackling pressing social issues. An innovative approach to programmes has allowed it to achieve long-lasting positive results. For more information about the foundation, please, visit its website About En+ Group En+ Group is a leading Russian diversified mining, metals and energy group. En+ Group holds a controlling stake in the world’s largest aluminium producer UC RUSAL, owns world’s largest independent hydroelectricity producer EuroSibEnergo and one of the leading suppliers of ferromolybdenum to the global market SMR as well as significant coal assets, logistics business, projects in iron ore, gold, rare earth and aluminium downstream. En+ employs over 100,000 people.

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