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Alexander Ivashkin: cellist, conductor, writer, festival director
Outstanding cellist
Mstislav Rostropovich

Very high playing
János Starker

Leader in the field of performance
Daniel Shafran

Excellent musician
John Cage

Superb musician of rare abilities
George Crumb

Outstanding person in present day music activities
Krzysztof Penderecki

The concerts of Mr Ivashkin can be recognised as an essential step toward authentic interpretation. This means an intense amount of preparation both in the musicological field and in the exact knowledge of different styles
Mauricio Kagel

Prodigious cellist
The Guardian

Alexander Ivashkin swings mightily into all he does, with élan
The Glasgow Herald

His cello sounds like an orchestra, with lyric and tragic spirit at the same time
Corriere del Ticino

Ivashkin is a cellist we should hear more often
The Financial Times

Alexander Ivashkin is no ordinary cellist… his extensive concerto repertoire (over 60 works at the last count) suggests a heightened taste for the unusual and exotic
The Strad

Ivashkin combines breadth of knowledge with a driving energy
Daily Telegraph

18 May 2013, Great Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonia (Russia)
The Prokofievs: Three Generations

Sergei Prokofiev – Concertino for cello and orchestra (1953)
reconstruction and orchestration by Vladimir Blok with Alexander Ivashkin's additions and corrections based on the composer's sketches
Oleg Prokofiev – Poems
Gabriel Prokofiev – Concerto for cello and orchestra (world premiere).

With the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sabrie Bekirova

Highlights from the world premiere:

Audio recording:

1st movement

2nd movement

3rd movement

7 June, 2012
The Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
The White Nights/New Horizons International Festival
Nikolai Korndorf – Concerto Capriccioso.
Alexander Raskatov – New Work (World premiere)
Alexander Ivashkin, cello
The Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor

6 June, 2012, The Yaani Kirek Concert Hall, St Petersburg
The White Nights/New Horizons International Festival
Bach – Cello Suites
Vasks – Buch for Cello
Alexander Ivashkin, cello

The Article in 'SPB Vedomosti', 14.06.2012 (rus)

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Three Cellos Plus…
The Radio Orfei program about The New Horizons Festival in St.Petersburg, June 2012. In Russian

11 September 2012
Alexander Ivashkin's Recital in the Berckendael Prison, Brussels

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2–3 June 2017
Between the Lands: Alexander Ivashkin Remembered

An international conference and celebration jf the legacy, musicological and performance interests of the late Professor Alexander Ivashkin

The Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmith University of London
Location: Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall Building

Schedule and Programme

Between the Lands: Alexander Ivashkin Remembered — Conference Report. Gavin Dixon, Orpheus Complex, 04/06/2017

Recent publications:


click to enlarge Rozhovory ALFREDA SCHNITTKEHO s violoncellistou Alexandrem Ivaškinem

Ostravská univerzita v Ostravě, 2015
ISBN 978-80-7464-832-8


click to enlarge'Krossover i dvoynaia pererabotka v sovetskoy i postsovetskoy muzyke.' ['Crossover and double processing in Soviet and post-Soviet music'] Translation from English to Russian and comments by Yuliya Panteleyeva.

in Slovo kompozitora o kompozitore: sbornik statey i materialov, Moscow, The Gnessins Russian Academy of Music, 2016: 15–30.
click to enlarge'Symbols, Metaphors and Irrationalities in Twentieth-Century Music'.

in Facets of Russian Irrationalism between Art and Life, ed. by Olga Tabachnikova. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2016: 415–432.
click to enlarge'The Schnittke Code'.

in Schnittke Studies, ed. by Gavin Dixon. Dedicated to the memory of Alexander Ivashkin. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017: 197–208.

poster10 March 2014
In Memory of Alexander Ivashkin
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Conference hall, 7:00pm

Schnittke, Ives, Penderecki
Soloists of Studio for New Music ensemble

cd cover Ivashkin plays Gubaidulina, Tarnopolski and Redgate

Gubaidulina: Canticle of the Sun for cello, choir and percussion
Tarnopolski: Le vent des mots qu'il n'a pas dits, for cello and orchestra
Redgate: Black Icons, for cello and small orchestra

Alma Classics, 5032, 2013

Recordings: see the complete list…

cd cover Britten. Complete Music for Cello solo and Cello and piano

With Andrew Zolinsky, piano.

Double CD, Including the world premiere of Britten Sonata for Cello and Piano in A.

Brilliant Classics, 94729, 2013

Recordings: see the complete list…

click to enlargeContemplating Shostakovich:
Life, Music and Film

Edited by Alexander Ivashkin, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, and Andrew Kirkman, University of Birmingham, UK
Ashgate, December 2012. 305 p.

Order at the Ashgate Publishing website…

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Alexander Ivashkin on the University of London website:

The Jerusalem Post

Alexander the great
Outstanding Russian cellist Alexander Ivashkin performs classical repertoires and champions modern music.
By Maxim Reider

Roger Redgate, Alexander Ivashkin and the conductor, Igor Dronov, at the world premiere of Roger Redgate's 'Black Icons' in Moscow World Premiere of Roger Redgate Black Icons for cello and ensemble:
The Rakhmaninov Hall, Moscow Conservatoire, 18 April 2011
Alexander Ivashkin, cello, The Studio for New Music Ensemble, Igor Dronov, conductor

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Nikolay Korndorf. Complete Music for Cello

With Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Konstantin Krimets. Anya Alexeev, piano
Toccata Classics, 2012

   Recordings: see the complete list…

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Krzysztof Penderecki. Largo (Cello Concerto)

World premiere of the revised version.
Alexander Ivashkin, cello
With Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki

Alexander Ivashkin plays Prokofiev
(Complete Concertos and Sonatas)
'Chandos', CHAN 24141

released on July 01, 2008.

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Prokofiev. Cello Concerto (Andante – 6:07)

   Recordings: see the complete list…