Alexander Rudin is a world-renowned cellist, a conductor who performs regularly with international symphony and chamber orchestras, a pianist, a harpsichordist, a professor at the Moscow State Conservatoire, a researcher of ancient scores, an author of edited scores of chamber music, and a creator of original musical cycles. Alexander Rudin is a new kind of performer in Russia – a universal musician.
Alexander Rudin's repertoire is truly vast and includes cello music of four centuries, both popular ones and the ones never performed before. Thanks to the attention he pays to the forgotten pages of music history, music lovers all over the world has had an opportunity to hear a lot of new compositions, such as the Theme with Variations for cello and orchestra by M. Vielgorsky, Cello Concertos by Kraft, Triklir, Facius, Folkman, C.P.E. Bach, the first Cello Concerto by Dvořák, and the original editions of Tchaikovsky's cello pieces – Rococo Variations and Pezzo Capriccioso. A significant part of his repertoire is devoted to the music of contemporary composers, such as V. Silvestrov, V. Artemov, A. Golovin, and A. Pärt, who have been his companions for many years. He was the first to perform many works for cello by D. Kabalevsky and E. Denisov.
Many outstanding musicians of our time are his partners, such as Eliso Virsaladze, Nikolai Lugansky, Alexei Lubimov, Natalia Gutman, British violinist Anthony Marwood, conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Michail Pletnev, Eri Klas, Saulius Sondeckis, and many more.
The discography of Maestro Rudin is vast and various. His recent album of cello concertos by baroque composers published by Chandos in 2016 received rave reviews from leading Western European critics. In 2019, Naxos released the most recent recording of Musica Viva, Symphonies by J. Stamitz, under the baton of Maestro Rudin.
Alexander Rudin graduated from the Gnesins State Musical Pedagogical Institute (Russian Music Academy) in 1983. He studied cello under Lev Evgraphov and piano under Yury Ponizovkin. In 1989 he completed his studies in conducting with Dmitry Kitaenko in the Moscow State Conservatory. While still being a student, he became a laureate of the most prestigious international competitions, such as J.S. Bach in Leipzig (1976), Gaspar Cassado in Florence (1979), and P.I. Tchaikovsky in Moscow (1978, 1982). Currently, Alexander Rudin is one of the most sought-after musicians in Russia as well as abroad. He performs with the most popular ensembles and participates in the most prestigious international festivals.
Alexander Rudin is a Russian Federation People's Artist, laureate of State Prize, laureate of Moscow Government Prize, and he is a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. As of 1988 Alexander Rudin is the art director and principal conductor of Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra.