Ksenia Bashmet, piano


Ksenia Bashmet was born in Moscow in 1980 and studied at the renowned Gnessin Institute under Elena Efroussi and Tatiana Zelikman before continuing at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a student of Lev Naoumov. She furthered her studies at this institute, earning a doctorate under the supervision of professors Irina Kirillova and Tigran Alikhanov.

In 1994, aged only fourteen, Bashmet won the first prize at the international Virtuosos 2000 competition held in Saint Petersburg. In 2002, she was a recipient of an award at the first International Sergey Taneyev Chamber Music Competition in Kaluga, Russia, and the following year, won an award at the eighteenth Provincia de Caltanissetta International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. In 2010, at the International Viola Competition created by Yuri Bashmet, she won the prize for best accompanist and in 2013, at the same competition, the special prize for the finest musical accompaniment. She received the Young Talent award at the 2004 edition of the Triumph competition, and the Premio Galileo Pentagramma d’Oro in 2005 in Florence.

Ksenia Bashmet has performed at numerous international festivals: Rolandseck, Germany; Tours, France; Verbier, Switzerland; Tanglewood, USA; Elba Island, Italy; and in Moscow, at Sviatoslav Richter’s December Nights, Moscow Autumn, Homecoming, Ars Longa and Viva Cello. She is a regular guest artist at the Yuri Bashmet festivals in Yaroslavl, Sochi and Khabarovsk. She has given recitals in renowned concert halls, including the new Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, Bonn’s Beethovenhalle and Zurich’s Tonhalle. Bashmet has also performed with a number of orchestras, including the Ensemble Concertino, the Moscow Soloists, and the Berlin and Hamburg Chamber Orchestras, and played with numerous musicians including Yuri Bashmet, Saulius Sondeckis, Gidon Kremer, Natalia Gutman, Viktor Tretyakov, Alexander Sladkovsky, Fabio Mastrangelo, Kristóf Baráti, Alexandre Kniazev and Mariss Jansons.

Since 2016, Ksenia Bashmet has been teaching at the Free Music School of the Bashmet Centre, an institution she also directs. This pianist has recorded two CDs under the Quartz Music Label. The British Classic FM radio station named the second, Piano Collection, by composer Michael Nyman, CD of the Week. She was one of the pianists who recorded Vsevolod Zaderatsky’s 24 Preludes and Fugues as well as the birthday album of Alexander Tchaikovsky, brought out by Melodiya.