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Biography Igor Ruhadze


Igor Ruhadze began his career as a solo violinist at the age of 12, performing Vieuxtemps Concerto No.5 with the Odessa Symphony Orchestra.  Igor has won prizes in several international violin competitions, notably receiving 1st prize in the  Taneyev InternaČ›ional chamber-music competition (Kaluga-Moscow 1996) and the top prize in the International Locatelli competition (Amsterdam 1997).

As a soloist, he successfully combines historical performance with a wide range of contemporary repertoire. He graduated from Central Music School in Moscow, and later on graduated with honours from the Moscow State Conservatory.  In 2002, Igor graduated with honours from the Amsterdam Conservatory as a specialist in early music.  

Igor Ruhadze performs in many European countries, and tours around the world as a soloist performing violin repertoire from the Renaissance to modern music.  He regularly appears at festivals giving solo recitals, such as a Tartini program for unaccompanied violin (Flanders Festival), and the "Russian Tartini - Handochkine" (New York).  

Igor leads different orchestras both as a soloist and as a concertmaster in programs from Bach to Faure and Tchaikovsky.  Igor also recorded a Dutch version of the Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach (CD and DVD).  He also took part in the Dutch film "Erbarme Dich" directed by Ramon Geeling.  

Igor performs chamber music with many different groups, leading his own group "Ensemble Violini Capricciosi".  

Igor Ruhadze has recorded a vast number of CDs and DVDs with various labels.  His regular collaboration with Brilliant Classics has yielded several successful projects, particularly the unique Complete Locatelli Edition on 21 CDs which received many excellent reviews.  His latest Biber Complete Violin Sonatas also won critical acclaim.  In January 2020, the Complete Violin Concertos by J.M.Leclair was successfully released.  In his latest Brilliant Classics album (2022), Igor and harpsichordist Alexandra Nepomnyashchaya turned to another pivotal figure in Baroque violin culture, Francesco Geminiani.  This has already received warm praise.

Igor Ruhadze plays on a violin by Jacobs, Amsterdam 1693, courtesy of the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds.