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Aleksey Igudesman biography
Aleksey Igudesman is known as a violinist, but has also established himself as a composer, conductor, actor and film maker.
Aleksey Igudesman was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and was accepted to the prestigious “Yehudi Menuhin School” in England at the age of 12. He then studied violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory.
Aleksey Igudesman’s compositions are published by Universal Edition and have been performed world wide by soloists, ensembles and orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, often with him as a solo violinist and conductor. He has performed his violin duets in the project “Violins of the World”, in which his poems are recited by Sir Roger Moore.
Igudesman has written for and performed as a soloist on several movie soundtracks and has worked closely with Academy Award winning film composer Hans Zimmer on numerous movies, such as “Sherlock Holmes” which was nominated for the Oscar for the Best Original Score. He has co-written the soundtrack for “Jealous of the Birds” together with Hans Zimmer, which won the Grand Prize for the Best Original Score in the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Aleksey Igudesman has directed, produced and starred in the feature length humorous documentary “Noseland”, featuring Julian Rachlin, John Malkovich and Sir Roger Moore. Noseland has been premiered in 14 festivals around the world and won the “Most Entertaining Documentary” award at the Doc Miami International Film Festival.
Together with the pianist Hyung-ki Joo, he appears as IGUDESMAN [&] JOO. Their shows “A Little Nightmare Music”, “And Now Mozart” and “BIG Nightmare Music” together with symphony and chamber orchestras, have received much acclaim around the world. Clips with excerpts of those shows have been watched on YouTube over 35 million times. As a duo they have performed with Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Viktoria Mullova, Emanuel Ax and John Malkovich among others.
IGUDESMAN [&] JOO appeared in front of half a million people, alongside rock legends such as Simple Minds, Kim Wilde, Sinead O’Connor, Tears for Fears and Robin Gibb from the BeeGees.
Aleksey Igudesman plays a Santo Serafin 1717 violin, kindly loaned to him by ERSTE BANK and a bow by modern bow maker Benoit Rolland. His strings of choice are “Peter Infeld” by Thomastik Infeld.