Vladimir Babeshko, born in Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, is an award-winning violist who frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician around the world.
Mr. Babeshko featured as a soloist with many other orchestras, including the world premiere of Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle's viola concerto, which was composed for him, with the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester in Mannheim in 2015. He enjoys regular chamber music engagements with artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Christoph Eschenbach, Gidon Kremer, Daniel-Müller Schott, Gary Hoffman, Lynn Harrell, Lambert Orkis, Ksenia Bashmet and the Henschel Quartet. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals such as the Lockenhaus Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Next Generation, Oberstdorfer Musiksommer, Chelsea Music Festival, Rio Music Week and Moritzburg Festival.
From 2009 to 2018 he was hand-selected by his long-term mentor, Anne-Sophie Mutter, to receive scholarships from her foundation. Since 2011 he performs as a regular member of her soloist ensemble, “Mutter’s Virtuosi,” with concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia.
Since 2019 he plays a world tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Ye-Eun Choi and Daniel Müller-Schott featuring works of Beethoven and Jörg Widmann’s Sixth String Quartet, Study on Beethoven. In addition to the world premiere in Suntory Hall (Tokyo), quartett performed numerous in halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Higtlight of season 2021/22 was charity concert with Munich Pilharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Bavarian State Opera under the baton of Lahav Shani, where Mr. Babeshko played as soloist wih Anne-Sophie Mutter. The concert was live broadcast in BR Klassik, BR and 3Sat.
Since 2022 he has been the principal violist of the Musikkollegium Winterthur in Switzerland.
Vladimir Babeshko plays a viola by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume from 1870.