Praised for his intense, innovative interpretations Alexander Zemtsov is one of the most versatile and sought after musicians on the music stage today. He has established the recognition as a soloist, conductor, professor and chamber musician.
Alexander was born in 1978 in a family of musicians. He attended the Gnessin Music Lyceum in Moscow, the famous school for gifted children, where he studied under Prof.E. Ozol. He continued his education with Prof. Michael Kugel in Hoogeschool Maastricht and post graduated from the Hochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin in the class of Prof. Tabea Zimmermann.
Since the age of 15 Alexander has been extensively performing as viola soloist with numerous renowned orchestras in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia. Among others he regularly performs as soloist with conductors such as Alexander Vedernikov, Vladimir Jurowski and Neeme Jarvi.
Zemtsov´s mastery and artistry have been widely recognized internationally and have brought him numerous prizes and awards International Competition “Classical Legacy” in Moscow (First prise 1995), at the Elise Meyer competition in Hamburg (First prise 1997),at the 8th Brahms competition in Poertschach, Austria (First prise 2001) and many more.
Aged 23 Alexander was appointed Principal Viola of the London Philharmonic Orchestra with principal conductor Kurt Masur. In 2012 after 10 years of collaboration with LPO Alexander left the position and dedicating himself entirely to his demanding career as soloist, conductor and chamber musician.
A devoted chamber musician he has performed in prestigious venues with partners such as Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Itamar Golan, Gerhard Schulz, Peter Donohoe, Patrick Gallois, Natalia Gutman and Misha Maisky.
Alexander Zemtsov is a professor in some of the finest Music Universities in Europe- Viola Professor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Univ.- Professor the Vienna Koservatorium Privat Universitat, Professeur Alto at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Laussane in Switzerland and Professor für Viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Among his students are members and many leaders of violas of leading orchestras in the world as well as winners International competition prizes and awards.
In 2015 Alexander’s conducting debut with INSO-Lemberg brought him an appointment as artistic director and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra INSO-Lemberg. The same year he performed as conductor and soloist with Lapeenranta Orchestra Finland followed by re-invitation for next season as well as new invitation to conduct the Orchestra Sinfonia Finlandia. Solo-hilights this season include concerts with Itamar Golan, Misha Maisky, Lucerne Strings and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alexander is regularly recording for Naxos, LPO Live, Navis Classics, and Chandos labels.
” …impassioned and technically immaculate playing…” Classicalsource
“…played with furious dexterity…” Guardian
“…in the same league as Bashmet…amazing emotional depth…” Britten CD Review
“…Two highlights of the festival were viola virtuosos Bashmet and Zemtsov…” Culture Press Sofia