The performance of the soloist Alexander Zagorinsky was undoubtedly of a high class. He
managed to communicate with us with brilliant logic and decisiveness, which is possible
only at the expense of deep penetration in the composer's score… the soloist proved a
master of instrumental techniques of the first class.
This is one of my best discs.
Edisson Denisov about the CD recorded by Alexander Zagorinsky
…One of the best interpretations I have heard.
American Record Guide
The soloist Alexander Zagorinsky can be compared with Mstislav Rostropovich. It was the
best performance I have ever heard. The last part demonstrated virtuosity and expression
of the performer.
Berndt Haggbom, "Halsinge Kuriren"
He is a marvelous and highly professional cellist.
Alexander Zagorinsky is one of the most interesting Russian cellists.
He is the soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic and has the title of Honored Artist of
Russia. He is also a prizewinner of several national and international music competitions,
among them the All-Russian Music Competition in 1985, the Fifth International Chamber
Music Competition in Trapani (Italy) in 1988, and the Ninth International Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow in 1990.
Mr. Zagorinsky was bom in Moscow in 1962, graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire in 1986
where he studied with Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaya; in 1986-88 he was a postgraduate at the
same class. Since 1991 till 2000 he was the first concertmaster of the cello group of the
Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic. Since 2000 Mr. Zagorinsky is a
cello principal and soloist for the Moscow Chamber Orchestra conducted by Konstantin
Orbelian. Alexander Zagorinsky teaches music at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow.
He maintains an active concert schedule, appearing in the best music halls of Moscow and
other Russian cities, as well as many other countries of the world. He has rich repertoire
and excels equally in performing works by classical, romantic and modern composers.
Musical reviewers highly appraise his great temperament, mastership in style, nobility and
virtuosity. Alexander Zagorinsky made lots of recordings for the Recording House Musical
Foundation in Moscow, Russia. He recorded and issued many CDs in Russia and abroad.
Mr. Zagorinsky is known as a first performer of many works by Edisson Denisov, Vladimir
Dashkevich, Yuri Kasparov, Alexander Rosenblat, Yuri Galperin (France) and some other
composers. Together with the brilliant jazz pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin, he was
the first performer of Kapustin's two cello sonatas as well as other pieces for cello and
chamber ensembles. He also played the world premiere of the concert for cello and chamber
orchestra (in the Great Hall of Moscow Conser-vatoire, 2002).
Mr. Zagorinsky has played with many distinguished musicians, among them: pianists Igor
Zhukov, Yuri Rozum, Einar Steen-Nokleberg, organist and pianist Alexey Shmitov. He also
played with famous symphony orchestras under conductors Vassily Sinaisky, Yuri Simonov,
Konstantin Orbelian, Mark Ermler, Vladimir Ziva and others.