East-West Chamber Orchestra


The East-West Chamber Orchestra brings together soloists and leading orchestra players from France, Georgia, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and others in order to strengthen the bond and cultural co-operations between Eastern- and Western Europe. The members of the Orchestra are outstanding performers in their own right – concertmasters and leaders of renowned orchestras, professors of music academies as well as winners of the most prestigious competitions world wide, including the Tchaikovsky and the Paganini. The pool of musicians participating not only includes very acclaimed soloists such as Niklas Liepe, Alissa Margulis and Alexander Buzlov, but it is also a gathering of the finest instruments including Guarneri-del-Gesus, Guadagninis and Stradivaris. This rare combination gives the East-West Chamber Orchestra its distinguished sound.

Founded 2015 as orchestra in-residence for the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival, the Orchestra not only gets together during festival times but also for concerts during each season and projects touring Europe. The Orchestra understands itself as an ambassador for transnational collaboration, peace and cultural interaction across Europe and beyond.

Music and Artistic Director Rostislav Krimer is also the Artistic Director of the Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival, which over the last decade has seen many world-class artists each year. Founding the Orchestra was the natural next step for the highly acclaimed pianist who is the duo partner of many well-known soloists, including Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Sergey Krylov and Victor Tretyakov.


Rostislav Krimer, conductor & pianis

Rostislav Krimer is a true collaborator in music and is joint reguarly by outstanding musicians either as chamber music partners or as his soloists when conducting the East- West Chamber Orchestra he founded in 2015. Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Sergey Krylov, Viktor Tretyakov, Mario Brunello, Viviane Hagner as well as Julian Rachlin and Ksenija Sidorova are regular and long standing companions.

An important colleague and long-term collaborator is Yuri Bashmet with whom he teamed up in numerous orchestral concerts and chamber music projects such as performing the Mendelssohn Piano Sextet with his 'Moscow Soloists' playing Stradivarius, Guarneri and Amati instruments from the State Treasury of Russia. Rostislav Krimer is also the founder and Artistic Director of the annual Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival, which for 12 years regularly sees most notable artists and young talents from all over the world.

In 2012, Rostislav Krimer also started performing together with legendary pianist Paul Badura-Skoda in concerts and recitals. In July 2014, their live performance of the E-flat Major Mozart Concerto for two pianos and orchestra was released on CD by ERP-Records.

Born in Belarus and based in the city of Beethoven Bonn, Rostislav Krimer studied in Helsinki, Cologne and London. The recital which launched his international rise took place at Cadogan Hall in London in 2006 to highest critical acclaim. Since then he has been performing at prestigious festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Delft, Lockenhaus, Ljubljana, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Villa Medici in Rome. Other invitations brought him to the major stages worldwide including the Berlin Philharmonie, Great Tchaikovsky Hall, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Queen Elisabeth Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Rostislav Krimer's schedule for the recent seasons include recitals and chamber music together with Paul Badura- Skoda, concerto performances with Yuri Bashmet and the 'Moscow Soloists', with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Sergey Krylov, concerts with Krzysztof Penderecki and Viviane Hagner, Camerata RCO (Royal Concertgebow Orchestra) and at the Emilia Romagna Festival.


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NameEast-West Chamber Orchestra Founded2015
Home LocationMinsk, Belarus
Main languageEnglish Additional languages Russian,  German 
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