Today is Russian violist Yuri Bashmet's 64th birthday.
He is widely regarded as one of the world's preeminent violists – performing regularly with the world's finest orchestras and conductors.
He is the founder of the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, and has been the dedicatee of over 50 new viola works - including concertos by Sofia Gubaidulina and Alfred Schnittke.
YURI BASHMET | TCHAIKOVSKY | ANDANTE CANTABILE FOR VIOLA AND STRINGS | MOSCOW SOLOISTS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
YURI BASHMET & YURI BASHMET | BRAHMS | SONATA FOR VIOLA AND PIANO NO.2
YURI BASHMET & SVIATOSLAV RICHTER | SCHUMANN | FAIRY TALE PICTURES