Development as an artist and composer
Born in Moscow in 1972, Yuri studied at the Central School of Music and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory from which he graduated with a Masters degree in 1995 in Double Bass. He had already won first prize in the All-Soviet Union Student Competition in 1990 and as result became Principal Bass with the Ensemble XXI Chamber Orchestra from 1990 - 1991.
From 1991- 1992 Yuri played with the famed Bolshoi Opera, and from 1992 - 2004 as Principal Bass with one of the world’s most noted chamber orchestras – The Moscow Soloists, directed by Yuri Bashmet.
As a classical double bassist he collaborated with such musicians as: Yuri Bashmet, Mario Brunello, Sarah Chang, James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Shlomo Mintz, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Thomas Quasthoff, Uto Ughi and Maxim Vengerov. He performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Barbican (London), Berlin Philarmonie, Sydney Opera House and many more.
As a composer he was writing jazz and chamber music works as well as bass transcriptions and arrangements. These works are published in Russia, Germany and the United States, and Yuri recorded for EMI and Sony Classical.
In 2002 Yuri became the youngest bass player ever to be awarded the prestigious title of Honoured Artist of Russia. Meanwhile, since the late 1990s, Yuri had become keenly interested in jazz, and started performing in clubs and festivals as a jazz bassist as well. The growth of this interest finally led him to all but abandon his classical career, and devote himself to the jazz genre as a performer and composer.
In 2004 Yuri moved to Milan, which he used as a base for his worldwide touring and recording for the next decade.
In 2007 he joined the Jazz faculty of Centro Professione Musica in Milan, and in 2010 became Jazz Double Bass Professor at Trento State Conservatory. In addition, he has lead diverse master classes in the field of both classical and jazz music in the United States, England, Ireland, Croatia and Italy.
What is truly unique about Yuri is that he has completed this almost impossible switch, from the classical world of the Royal Albert Hall and Concertgebow to the jazz world of the Montreux Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s, with utter conviction. His playing, the fluidity of which is often likened to a wind instrumentalist, is immediately recognisable and inimitable. His compositions and his instrumental abilities have been featured on nearly 100 CDs to date released by such labels as ACT, Universal, Abeat, Red Records, Basho and many more.
Some of Yuri's notable jazz collaborations include: Bob James, Kenny Werner, Ralph Towner, Gwilym Simcock, Julian Arguelles, Paolo Fresu, Tim Garland, Enrico Pieranunzi, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Klaus Gesing, Rosario Giuliani, Rick Margitza, Asaf Sirkis and many others.
He is a highly sought-after and much-respected collaborator for a number of international projects, and records and tours worldwide with a multitude of bands.
His albums and live performances continue to be enthusiastically reviewed all over the world; some have been featured by such airlines as British Airways, Swiss, Lufthansa and Air France on their in-flight entertainment programs.
In Autumn 2015 he joined the Faculty of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where he teaches Jazz Double Bass and Harmony. In addition, he teaches Double Bass at King's College in Taunton, Wells Cathedral School and Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians - a division of the Guildhall School, and offers individual tuition. He can be contacted via this website to set up a meeting.