Tatjana Masurenko

Viola - Russia/Germany

Tatjana Masurenko

Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. Alongside the great viola concertos by Walton, Bartok und Hindemith, Tatjana’s wide-ranging concert repertoire also includes modern classical works such as Schnittke, Gubaidulina und Kancheli and the rarely performed viola concertos by Hartmann and Bartel. Tatjana Masurenko has made solo appearances with orchestras including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and other leading orchestras in Europe and Asia. She has been a welcome guest at major international festivals as both soloist and chamber musician for many years.

Born in Dushanbe (Tadzhikistan), she grew up in a family of Russian academics and jazz musicians. Her musical path began in St Petersburg where she was able to benefit from the traditional St Petersburg school with the best teachers of her time. She continued her musical studies in Germany with Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai.

Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with figures including Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert Blomstedt.

She has given numerous first performances of new compositions, many of which are dedicated to her and originated on her initiative. She has worked with composers such as Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler.

Tatjana Masurenko’s discography reflects the musician’s high artistic standards. Right from the start, she compiles the programmes of her CDs meticulously and with great deliberation. A number of her CD recordings for Label Coviello Classics received awards including the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Supersonic Award and the Diapason découverte (France).

She is a passioned chamber music player. With a most inspiring musicians of our time, like Heinrich Shiff, Gidon Kremer, Boris Pergamenschikow, Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust, Daniel Hope, Alexander Lonquich, she took part in a chamber music festivals and concerts around the world.

From 2001 she is appointed Viola Professor at the international renowned Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig. She is also permanent invited Professor in Royal Academy of Music in London and in Conservatoire Superior in Paris. She is the artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey).

Tatjana Masurenko plays on a viola by P. Testore, Milan, 1756 and a viola by Jürgen Manthey, Leipzig, 2017.

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