Young Talents The scholarship holders

Viola Vladimir Babeshko

Vladimir Babeshko was born in Kazan, Russia, on February 11, 1984.

He received his first violin lessons at the special school for musically gifted children in his home town. At the age of 13 he changed to the viola and completed his studies in 2009 under Prof. Olga Habibulina at the college of music there.

During his studies Vladimir Babeshko also took part in master classes by Prof. Yuri Bashmet in Moscow, which he continued with the same teacher in the subsequent years in Siena. Since 2006 he has also studied at the College of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt am Main under Prof. Jörg Heyer and Ingrid Zur.

Vladimir Babeshko has won prizes in numerous national and international competitions and has also been awarded several stipends: In April 2002 he won the 1st prize in the international competition for young string instrument players and received in this context distinctions from the international Vladimir Spivakov Foundation and the Vladimir Krainev Foundation. In June 2003 he won a further 1st prize at the international competition for young musicians “Koka” in Moldavia, and in 2007 he won 1st prize in the DAAD competition in Frankfurt am Main.

Vladimir Babeshko also received a stipend from the “Young Talents of the Russian Federation” and from the President of the Russian Federation. Since 2008 he has been receiving a stipend from the “Villa Musica Rhineland Palatinate” and was awarded a prize by the “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”.

In 2009 he participated successfully in the “Carl-Flesch-Akademie” in Baden-Baden under Prof. Hartmut Rohde, won the Rohde Viola Prize and was engaged as a soloist with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra. The program of the prize-winner’s concert included the viola concert by Bela Bartok.

In the years 2005 to 2008 Vladimir Babeshko was solo viola player of the Academy Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and he has been working regularly with the maestro Christoph Eschenbach since 2007.

In 2008 Vladimir Babeshko took part in the festival “Chamber Music Connects the World” in Kronberg and played various chamber music programs with Gidon Kremer, Gary Hoffman and Lynn Harrell, also at the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria.

Solo concerts with the pianist Ksenia Bashmet brought him back to Russia in 2009. Since November 2009 Vladimir Babeshko has received a stipend from the Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

Since 2008-2010 he regularly took master classes with Yuri Bashmet at the Accademie Chigiana in Siena, Italy. In 2010 Vladimir Babeshko participated in the Verbier Festival Academy (where he took master classes with Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Lawrence Power). During the season 2010-2011 he played chamber music concerts in Germany with Anne-Sophie Mutter’s regular pianist, Prof. Lambert Orkis, and was involved in the first European concert tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter and fellows of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, “Mutter's Virtuosi”, including concerts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In October 2011 he played Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante together with the Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi and the Müncher Sinfoniker at the Herkulessaal in Munich. In October 2011 he also played a concert together with Ksenia Bashmet with recording and transmission for Deutschlandfunk in Cologne for the series “Radeberger Konzerte”. A concert with the Tatarstan Symphony Orchestra brought Vladimir back to his home country Russia in January 2012. In 2012 a very successful concert engagement as soloist in Arvo Pärt’sTabula rasa, again together with Ye-Eun Choi and with fellows of the Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra followed at the Kammermusiksaal in Berlin. 

In June 2013 Vladimir Babeshko performed a successful concert tour in Asia with Anne-Sophie Mutter and fellows of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, “Mutter's Virtuosi”, in Taiwan, China, and South Korea. In December 2013 Vladimir Babeshko gave master classes for viola in Sao Paulo (Brazil).

In February 2014 Vladimir Babeshko played Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at the opening concert of the Next Generation Festival in Switzerland. Since 2014 Vladimir Babeshko has been playing chamber music concerts with the Henschel Quartet. In November 2014 Vladimir Babeshko participated in a successful concert tour of North America with Anne-Sophie Mutter and fellows of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation “Mutter's Virtuosi”, performing chamber music in the USA and Canada.

In January 2015 Vladimr Babeshko performed in Mannheim with the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester, giving the world premiere of Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle’s Viola Concerto, which was composed for Vladimir Babeshko and dedicated to him.

Vladimir plays a viola by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume dated 1870, generously lent to him by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

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