Ambassador of the Stradivarius Society
Sasha Rozhdestvensky is one of Russia’s finest young violinists. He studied at the Central Music School in Moscow, the Moscow Conservatory, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music in London. His teachers included Zinaida Gilels, Maya Glezarova, Gérard Poulet and Dr. Felix Andrievsky.
He has appeared as soloist internationally - earning high critical acclaim - with leading orchestras including The Leningrad Philharmonic, The Philharmonia, L.S.O., R.P.O., Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Het Residentie Orkest, Bamberger Symphoniker, The Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, The Bayerische Staatsorchester, The Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orquesta de la Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra to name but a few. He has also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (Dvorak), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with a rare concerto by Kancheli (“And Farewell Goes Out Sighing…”), National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Sibelius’ Humoresques). Further appearances included the Glazunov Concerto with the Orchester der Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Dohnany’s Violin concerto No. 2 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur under the baton of Maestro Gérard Schwarz (Strauss).
Sasha worked with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov, Orchestre de Radio France, Dresdner Philharmonic, Camerata Greece. In addition recent engagements have included concerts with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz with the Melbourne Orchestra, the Orchestra of Perth, with the Dresdner Philharmonic, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Capetown Symphony Orchestra, The Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Youmiuri Symphony Orchestra, the Tapei Symphony Orchestra, in Beijing with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Duisburg Sinfoniker, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan. In 2013 he was for example soloist with great acclaim with the Budapest Philharmonic, the orchestra of Wuppertal, Nordwest-Deutsche Philharmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI Torino, etc.
He has taken part in several international music festivals including the Proms, Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Flanders, Gstaad, Istanbul, Colmar, Ravinia, Florida, Mozart (La Coruña), Taormina, Sienna, Lockenhaus, Montreux. His performances in such concert halls as the Paris Salle Gaveau, at La Scala Milan, with the Philharmonia of St. Petersburg, or in London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Vienna, Stockholm, Tokyo, Tel-Aviv, are always met with great success.
Sasha Rozhdestvensky has recorded numerous works for Thesis and Chandos including the Schnittke Concerto Grosso No. 6 with The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. He premièred this concerto – written by Alfred Schnittke especially for him and Viktoria Postnikova – in 1994. Recently Sasha Rozhdestvensky recorded the First violin concerto by Shostakovich and Glazunov’s Concerto under Maestro Rozhdestvensky. Also two new CD’s came out: the complete works for violin and piano of Tchaikovsky (with Josiane Marfurt) and one CD: chamber works for violin of Maurice Ravel (with Josiane Marfurt & Michal Kañka).
He plays several violins, among which are a Guarneri del Gesù and a Stradivari loaned to him by the Stradivari Society. He recently became an ambassador for the Stradivari Society. And he is professor of music at the Royal College of Music in London.