Magnificent Russian ensemble of bassoonists of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Russian National Theatre is glad to present original compositions for fagot trio of multiethnic sources.

They begin with the Trio, Op. 17 by French composer, critic and musical expert François-Henri-Joseph Blaze (1784 – 1857). When a boy he learned music from his father, lawyer and composer A. Blaze, and continued his studies in the Conservatoire de Paris. Since 1820 as a music critic he published Musical Chronicles in the Journal des débats and La France musicale (1837). Among his manuscripts on the history of French and European music quite a special place occupied the works dedicated to the art of opera and ballet. He translated to French and adapted some opera librettos by Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber. He composed three operas, masses, chorus and chamber instrumental music.

His Trio for bassoons, Op. 17 is notable for impeccability of style, vivid manner and clarity of technical mastery.Our journey to the world of chamber music will be continued with the Suite by German composer and bassoonist Christian Julius Weissenborn (1837 – 1888). He is famous for the best in the world Practical Bassoon School. Being the principal bassoonist of the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, he also taught at the Conservatoire of the oldest German town. Julius Weissenborn created a lot of original compositions for fagot and piano, as well as several remarkable trios.

Dance Suite in six pieces is a real gem among them – entrancing Serenade is followed by antagonistic Polonaise to contrast with graceful Polka and sparkling scherzo Mazurka. Two rich in contrast Turkish and Funeral Marches finalize the composition.


Rodion Tolmachev, a soloist of the Fagot group to the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre.Saint-Petersburg Conservatoire graduate (class of Professor, People's Artist of Russia Kirill Sokolov), he joined the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1997 at his student days. At the same time he continued his education at the High Musical School of Hannover, Germany, in Professor Dag Jensen’s master classes. In 2007, Rodion took post-graduate courses both in the Saint-Petersburg Conservatoire and the High Musical School of Hannover. Even as a student of the Saint-Petersburg Conservatoire he won in the “Gartow Stiftung “ International German Charity Foundation Competition and the “Yamaha” Contest. In 2001 Rodion became the Laureate of the European Cultural Foundation (Strasbourg, France) .His background includes a great number of honorary awards and prizes, among them the 1st prize in the Republic Wind Instruments Competition (Tashkent, 1995); the 1st prize in the “Shore of Hope” Contest (Albena, Bulgaria, 1998); the 1st prize in the Rimsky-Korsakov Wind Instruments All-Russian Competition (Saint-Petersburg, 2000); the 3rd prize in the ARD International Quintet Contest (Munich, Germany, 2001); the Grand Prize in the JDR International Wind Instruments Competition (Tokyo, Japan, 2007); the 1st prize in the International Fagot Contest (Provo, Utah, USA, 2008). Rodion Tolmachev has extensively toured as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra and others Saint-Petersburg ensembles. Besides he plays with the Woodwind Quintet of the Mariinsky Theatre.In 2007 and 2008 he performed with the Hermitage Theatre Orchestra in the “Musical Olympus” Festival (Saint-Petersburg).Since 2010 Rodion is an invitee soloist of the United World Orchestra (conductor Valery Gergiev).In 2012, “Dobringenund Grimm” recorded a solo album of Rodion Tolmachev, namely fagot masterpieces of French composes. Two years later “Melodiya “ released another album of the artist. Together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (conductor Ivan Stolbov) Rodion performs Concerts for Bassoon by Antonio Vivaldi, Carl Maria von Weber and AndréJolivet.


Ruslan Mamedov, a soloist of the Fagot group to the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. Graduated from the Musical college and the Volgograd Conservatoire named after P. Serebryakov , class of Associate Professor, People's Artist of Russia Anatoly Sokirko. Ruslan undertook further study in the Saint-Petersburg Conservatoire (class of Professor, People's Artist of Russia Kirill Sokolov). He continued in Munich with Lyndon Watts, leader and principal bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.Ruslan Mamedov is the winner of the awards of the South Russia Competition (Rostov-on-Don) and Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition (Saint-Petersburg). In 2000 he played with the Volgograd Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he joined the Fagot group of the Mariinsky Theatre. As an orchestra artist Ruslan performs in chamber music concerts. Thus, in May 2014 his quintet offered a programme varied from Joseph Haydn to Nino Rota. In addition to classical fagot Ruslan also masters contra-fagotto. His performances are always a tremendous success in the Halls of Saint-Petersburg Conservatoire (for example, during the “International Conservatoire Week” Festival), the Saint-Petersburg House of Music, both the Grand and Rachmaninoff Halls of Moscow Conservatoire (“Double Reed” Festival) . Together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre Ruslan performes celebrated fagot Concerst by Henri Tomasi, AndréJolivet, as well as Double Bass Concerto by JohannBaptistVanhal (coupled with Rodion Tolmachev).

Andrey Shamidanov – a soloist of the Russian National Orchestra. As an invitee orchestra artist performs with the Moscow chamber orchestra “Musica Viva”, the Orchestra of the Moscow Operetta Theatre, and also plays with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra.He was born in Moscow in 1985. Graduated from the Gnessin Moscow Special School of Music (classes of Gennadiy Shamin and Yaroslav Kostyrkin), Tchaikovsky Academic Music College at the Moscow State Conservatory, and finally Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (both classes of People's Artist of Russia, Professor Valeriy Popov). Andrey attended master classes of Professor Klaus Thunemann, and the ones of the soloist and master of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Lyndon Wadss. Andrey is the Winner of the International Competitions in Athens, Volgograd, Lvov, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg. He won the 1st prizes in the First Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition (Saint-Petersburg, 2005) and in the Fourth International Competition of Wind and Percussion Instruments, the Moscow Conservatoire, 2014. Andrey Shamidanov performed with many prominent Russian and European orchestras directed by Mikhail Pletnev, Kent Nagano, Teodor Currentzis, Alexander Rudin,Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Lazarev, Alexander Vedernikov, Vasily Petrenko, Alan Gilbert, Patrick Summers, Nicola Luizotti, Sir Roger Norrington, Paavo Järvi, Alberto Zedda, Christopher Moulds, etc.As a fagot soloist of the Russian National Orchestra (maestro Mikhail Pletnev) he recorded The Nine symphonies by Beethoven (Deutsche Grammophon label).Andrey Shamidanov has undertaken many tours. He participated in numerous international and Russian festivals. Within the Project of Russian-German Academy he took part in the Moscow Easter Festival of 2016.

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