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Yuri Zhislin

ARCM, Dip Hons

Born in Moscow in 1974, Yuri Zhislin began playing the violin at the age of six, joining the Moscow Music Gnessin School for gifted children where he studied with Ms. Svetlova. From his early years, Yuri took part in numerous public concerts, representing the School both in Russia and abroad, performing as a soloist with orchestras including The Kishiniev Philharmonic, The Ermitage Chamber Orchestra and The Yaroslavl Philharmonic. He recorded for Moscow Radio and appeared on national radio and television. Yuri won the Balis Dvarionas International Competition for Young Musicians in Lithuania in 1989. In January 1990, he took part in the "Young Talents" concert in Moscow.

A major prize-winner in the 1991 Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain, Yuri entered the Royal College of Music in London , where he studied with his father, Grigory Zhislin and subsequently with Dr. Felix Andrievsky, winning major College prizes, including the prize for an outstanding string player of the year, and gaining his ARCM Diploma with Honours. He has represented the College in several European cities, including Madrid, Helsinki, Oslo and Brussels and appeared as a soloist with the RCM Orchestras. As a member of the Rosamunde Quartet founded at the College in 1994, Yuri has won chamber music prizes and toured extensively throughout the UK, taking part in the Tippett Festival in Berlin in January 1995, performing in the composer's presence and giving a quartet recital by invitation of HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove.

In 1993, Yuri became the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year. In 1994, he won the Malcolm Sargent Award. In 1996, he was a prize-winner at the Douai International Violin Competition in France and in 1997 he received Special Prize for the best performance of the Mozart Violin Sonata at the Premio Trio di Trieste Chamber Music Competition in Italy. These achievements led to invitations to work as a soloist with many different ensembles and orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra (with regular appearances in live broadcasts and recordings on BBC Radio Two), the London Mozart Players, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Oldenburg Chamber Orchestra, the London Soloists, the London Schubert Players, the Russian Chamber Orchestra of London and the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra, performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, The Croydon Clocktower, Fairfield Halls, St.John Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Yuri gave recitals and performed with various orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Spain.

Yuri is regularly invited to participate in international music festivals throughout the world and has taken part in the Bath International Music Festival, Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, Seattle International Music Festival, Dubrovnik Chamber Music Festival, Cadaques Festival and Asturias Festivities (Spain), Silk Path International Chamber Music Festival in Baku (Azerbaijan), Windsor Festival, Halifax Chamber Music Festival (UK), Southwark and Canterbury Festivals, Cheltenham Festival, Korsholm Festival (Finland), Chichester Festivities and IMS Prussia Cove among others. His performances have been broadcast on the BBC Radio Three, Radio Dos Clasico (Spain) and several other European and American networks. Yuri has recorded for the Linn Records.

A dedicated chamber musician, Yuri has worked with such artists as Barry Douglas, Dmitry Sitkovetski, Sergei Nakariakov, Phillip Dukes, Priya Mitchell, David Juritz, the Chilingirian Quartet, Roger Vignoles, Konstantin Lifschitz , James Boyd, Caroline Dale, the Belcea Quartet and Alexander Chaushian.

Yuri has been the leader of the Russian Chamber Orchestra of London since its foundation in 1998 until 2002. He was appointed Principal First Violin of the London Mozart Players in October 1997.

In August 2000, Yuri co- founded and became the Artistic Director of the Evaristo Valle International Chamber Music Festival in Gijon (Spain).

Yuri's interests include non-classical music and collaboration with various pop-music artists. He has taken part in one of the recordings by Vanessa-Mae, appeared on Top of the Pops and the Pepsi Chart Show with Sash!, performed at the Nick Cave's Meltdown Festival and recorded with such distinguished jazz musicians as Guy Barker, Clark Tracey and Tommy Smith.

His future plans include chamber music projects , concerts throughout the UK , Europe and North America and several conducting projects.

Faculties / departments: Strings


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Yuri Zhislin

Viola professor, Violin professor