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Mikhail Utkin was born 1952 in Vilnius (Lithuania). Since 1959 he studied at the Central Musical School of the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Stefan Kalianov. In 1970-75, studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich and later with Kalianov (post-graduate course). Winner of the International Competition of the Prague Radio "Concertino-Praha" (1967). Prize-winner of the International String Quartet Competition in Liege (1972). Since 1974, M.Utkin has been a member of a well-known ensemble "Moscow Piano Trio". Together with his colleagues - violinist Vladimir Ivanov and pianist Alexander Bonduriansky - he won the First Prize in Budapest (1975) and Maurice Ravel Gold Medal at the International festival "Musical May" in Bordeaux (France, 1976).
Mr.Utkin's activities were highly appraised. Among other important awards, he received an honorary title of "People's Artist of Russia" (1994), the most prestigious title for artists in Russia, and Award of the Moscow City Government (1996).
Mikhail Utkin made his first transcriptions of classical compositions for cello and ensembles with the cello during his studies at the Conservatory. In the course of time it became a serious creative work. Up to now he has made more than 250 arrangements and transcriptions, from Bach, Rameau and Couperin to contemporary composers. Some of them were published by "Classica XXI", "Compo-zitor Publishing House, Saint-Petersburg", "Marimba" (Munich) they are performed with success in Russia and abroad, many of them were recorded and issued on CDs.
His transcriptions were highly appraised by eminent critics, composers and musicologists.
"I listened to your disc with arrangements of works by Shostakovich for oboe and strings with a great interest. I must confess that I am not very enthusiastic about all kinds of arrangements; in my opinion, they always spoil the original idea of the composer. But there are some exceptions. Your transcriptions are among these wonderful exceptions. Listening to them I sometimes forgot that the music was originally written for piano or orchestra; everything sounded so naturally and so beautifully. I especially liked transcriptions of Preludes op.34 and really brilliant Ballet Suite. I should also mention that the performance is wonderful."
Krzysztof Meyer,
composer and musicologist

"Mikhail Utkin made his brilliant transcriptions in most delicate way, penetrating into the most puzzling corners of the musical facture, cherishing it according to the violoncello constituents. Phonation and rhythm are permeated with sparkling vigorous humour. Hopeful, these arrangements would be the fair crack of the whip for any educational and concert purposes."
Karen Khachaturyan
This CD represent a number of arrangements by Mikhail Utkin made in different years for cello and string orchestra, cello and piano, and trio with clarinet.

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