Chamber Orchestra "Soloists of Uzbekistan"


Anvar Raimjanov


Sergey Antonov
cello (Russia)


‘Serenade for Strings’

Andante cantabile
for cello and orchestra

‘Musical Pilgrimage’
for cello and orchestra

Anvar Raimjanov

The creative biography of one of the great professional musicians, Artistic Director and Conductor of the chamber orchestra, "Soloists  of Uzbekistan," Honored Artist of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Anvar Khusanovich Raimdzhanov, is widely known in musical spheres, not only in Uzbekistan, but also far beyond our republic. Possessing a wide musical erudition and having a long spanning performance experience,  A. K. Raimdzhanov is a true enthusiast and unmistakable specialist, having dedicated his art and educational endeavors, talent and refinement of his mastery to instrumental chamber music and performance on the Cello. 

A. Raimdzhonov was born on May 13th, 1948, in Urunchi (China). In 1958 his family emigrated to the USSR (Kyrgyzstan). He began his education on the cello at age ten in Almaty in the Central School of Music named for K. Baiseitov. Here, under the master teacher S. Zhakeev, the young musician, of the course of eight years, unlocked the secrets to mastery of the cello. Ever the diligent student, the young cellist Anvar Raimdzhanov frequently performed in various concerts and festivals.
One of these, the International competition- Festival ISME in Moscow (1971).

Having entered the Tashkent Conservatory studying under professor I. I. Ibragimov, he participated in international and regional musical competitions, and became the undisputed winner (Moscow, Riga, Bishkek, Tashkent).
Considerable contributions were made by A. K. Raimdzhanov toward the development of instrumental chamber music over the years ( from 1971), in the chamber orchestras:  State Television and Raiod of Uzbekistan, "Academy of Cultural Treasures," "Turkiston," "Soloists of Uzbekistan''- he proved himself a bright solo cellist, ensemble player, and orchestral player. 

With extraordinary organizational abilities and performance mastery, A. K. Raimdzhonov with new energy made himself known during his time and activity with the National String Quartet of Uzbekistan (1986-1993), as  a Founder, Artistic Director,  and Soloist.
Covering all of the new concert halls, this collective regularly toured the cities of Uzbekistan and the republics of the near abroad. In 1990, the members of the quartet became the laureates of first place in the international competition in Tashkent. The entire catalogue of their performances entered the Golden Fund of television and radio of Uzbekistan.

Since 1998, A. K. Raimdzhanov heads the chamber orchestra "Soloists of Uzbekistan" as Conductor and Artistic Director.  Now his performative and creative potential has become even more multifaceted as the interpretations of compositions and composers of different styles, national schools, and directions are explored and opened in new ways.

For his great creative contributions in the sphere of music culture in Uzbekistan. A. K. Raimdzhanov was awarded the title, "Honored Artist of the Republic of Uzbekistan" in 2002.

Always finding connection with its audience, whether it is in his native Uzbekistan, neighboring Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, or far away Turkey, Mozambique, or South Africa, the concerts of "Soloists of Uzbekistan" under the direction of A. K. Raimdzhanov are a bright event in the musical lives of these countries.


Sergey Antonov


Cellist Sergey Antonov enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician. Critics throughout the world have hailed him as “destined for cello superstardom” -Washington Post, “combining formidable technique and an incredibly warm, penetrating and vibrant tone to a romantic musical sensibility to create music - making of a highest caliber” - Budapest Sun. After one of the Newport Festival concerts in RI, a critic wrote “... a performance with soaring phrases and a tone to die for.” Sergey’s performance of the Elgar concerto drew the critic of the Moscow’s Daily Telegraph to write: “[he] is a musician who has his own inner space, where he submerges himself from the very first sound…who turns each phrase, every deeply felt sound into an event of his own inner monologue. The theme of this monologue is existential suffering; a change of intricately noted emotions, directly related to the unexplainable condition known as Spiritual Life.” A Canadian critic wrote: “Antonov conveyed ...a world of expression from plaintive hope to existential pathos.”

One of the recent reviewers wrote,  “ No virtuosic challenge is more than his equal.”

After winning the Gold Medal in the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, Sergey has been touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America performing in halls ranging from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with musicians such as Denis Matsuev, Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz Gerald, Ekaterina Mechetina, Harve A’ Kaoua, Carl Ponten, Dora Schwartzberg, John Lenehan, Colin Carr, Cynthia Phelps, Martin Chalifour, David Chan, among others, as well as his permanent piano partner Ilya Kazantsev. The duo has recorded several CDs of traditional cello-piano repertoire as well as their own transcriptions, recorded in their CD album Elegy.

Sergey is a member of the acclaimed Hermitage Piano Trio with Ilya Kazantsev and violinist Misha Keylin.

In addition to being the 2007 Tchaikovsky gold medal winner for cello, Antonov has been a recipient of the 2008 Golden Talent Award by the Russian Performing Arts Foundation as well as garnering top prizes at the Justuz Friedrich Dotzhauer Competition, Germany, David Popper International Cello Competition, Hungary, American String Teachers Association in Detroit. His chamber ensemble performances have also brought him honors from the Lyrica Chamber Music Series as their “Young Artist of the Year”, and First Prizes from the Chamber Music Foundation of New England and the Swedish International Duo Competition.

Antonov collaborated with such maestros as Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky Yan Pascal Tortilier, Mikhail Pletnev, Maxim Vengerov, Oue Eiji, Yuri Simonov, Christopher Zimmerman, Uri Bashmet,  Jonathan McPhee, Yuri Botnari, Alexey Shabalin, among many others. He has made his conducting debut in the spring of 2014. Sergey frequently gives master classes to solo cellists and chamber music groups in colleges and universities throughout the world.

Born into a family of cellists, Sergey started playing cello at the age of five with his mother, Maria Zhuravleva, as his teacher. She has recently become the recipient of the National 2014 Teacher of the Year Award of Russia. He has studied at the Central Music School and has graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where studied under the renowned professor Natalia Shakhovskaya.

He holds an Artist Diploma from Longy School of Music in Boston where he worked with Grammy nominated cellist Terry King. While being a student at the Moscow Conservatory, Sergey was under the tutelage of M. Rostropovich.

Sergey has appeared on Russian National Television in performances with the Moscow Philharmonic in their “Stars of the 21st Century” series, and in live concerts on Boston’s NPR radio station WGBH. His performances were also broadcast by NHK Japan.

He lives in New York with his wife Nika and son Noah.

Chamber Orchestra "Soloists of Uzbekistan"

The Chamber Orchestra, "Soloists of Uzbekistan" was founded in 1986 by young and talented musicians of the republic.

The ensemble is made up of prize winners of international and national competitions, and likewise those who aspired to the Moscow and Tashkent National Conservatories.

Presently the ensemble is made up of gifted musiciand- largely graduates of the National Conservatory of Uzbekistan, as well as current students, many of whom are also prize winners of international and National competitions.

The Chamber Orchestra, "Soloists of Uzbekistan" is one of the most creative collectives, with concerts that focus on the esthetic development of the listener.

Its performative art is characterized by the high culture of ensemble musicality, and a deep exploration of the intellectual content of musical works.

This requires each artist to live up the title of the collective, in which every participant becomes a concert soloist, a musician of the highest qualification.

In the face of this bright creative individuality, and thanks to the talents of the Artistic Driector, Honored Artist of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Anvar Raimdzhanov, the ideal ensemble is achieved through unified thought and feeling, fluidity, and a unified sound as an orchestra.

In the perfect technical direction and execution by the participants of the musical collective, Raimdzhanv achieves lofty heights of creativity.

The Repertoire of the ensemble is rich with various styles, directions, and genres. Special attention in the program is dedicated to the roots of the creative work of the composers.

Through its creativity, "Soloists of Uzbekistan" have introduced listeners with works of our home country, and our near abroad; Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltics.

Eight American States, the City of South Africa, Mozambique, where the orchestra have toured, have all met them with great applause.

Bright chapters in the history of the ensemble are noted in collaborations with such artists as; V. Pikaizen (Moscow),  A. Vinnitski (Moscow), B. Katarovich (Kiev), I. Kalnitsiem (Riga), V. Ambartsumyan (Moscow), Ramon Yaffe (Berlin), Hans-Ulrich Braner (Munich), Saim Akchil (Turkey),  Mikhail Rozenblum (Israel), Bekzod Abduraimov (USA), Chen Shi (China), Daniel Vice (USA).

Presently "Soloists of Uzbekistan" is one of the most popular collectives in its republic. All of the musicians are united by their love and loyalty to their profession, and in the pursuit of mastery.

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