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2021 - The Year of Three Composers with Igor Ruhadze & Vital Stachievitch

021 The Year of Three Composers - New Project

The program is dedicated to three great composers who would celebrate their anniversaries in 2001. This year, the famous Russian Sergei Prokofiev would have turned 130 years old. The renowned French composer Camille Saint-Saëns died in 1921, and in the same year, the important Armenian composer Arno Babajanian was born. Violinist Igor Ruhadze and pianist Vital Stahievitch have prepared an interesting program featuring the works of these three significant figures. During the concert, we will also tell about their lives, works, and aspirations.

Next to the concert, an exhibition will take place in the concert hall by the amateur artists of the Olga Meshkova Artlama Studio Almere. The students of the Art studio are asked to draw the melodies - the resulting exhibition is called “We draw music”. Before and after the concert, the paintings will be exhibited in the hall and the audience will get free catalog leaflets.

Special Thanks to Cultuurfonds Almere





Due to the Covid -19 situation in the Nederlands concerts of Nieuw Podium Klassiek Almere in October, November and December were cancelled.

Please check the new dates for the concert and watch us ONLINE:, 

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Speciall thanks to CULTUUR FONDS ALMERE 


4th of September- the opening concerts with Vivaldi 'Four Seasons" of Igor Ruhadze's series 

Nieuw Podium Klassiek Almere, (the new concert series in Almere-Buiten) was undoubtfully a success in spite of the corona crisis. A warm thanks to our beloved audience and all the wonderful musicians.  "Friday nights with Igor Ruhadze" will go and  we are looking forward to new concerts in Almere.For more info:


 De Vioolmuziek prè Paganini presenteert virtuoze muziek voor viool en basso continuo uit de late 18de eeuw.

Igor Ruhadze in Italiaans programma

Friday 2d October was a special: Igor Ruhadze and for the Ensemble "Violini Capricciosi "had s successful the concert in Recital Hall of Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. I would like to specify the brilliant quality of performers: Igor Ruhadze,Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, Alexsandra Nepomnyashchaya.BRAVI!!!! My big thank you to our public, we had a full hall in this difficult COVID time and my complements to our sound/video masters: Jaco van Houselt & Cees van der Wal.We did the live recording and for our beloved public, we will put this concert soon on Igor's youtube channel

Special thanks to STICHTING NORMA for full support.

Muziekcafé Buitenhuis with Igor Ruhadze

In July Igor Ruhadze opened the first classical concerts in  Het Buitenhuis Almere Buiten. The first 1-hour concert with duo Igor&Elizabeth Ruhadze was successfully done and Igor Ruhadze continued in September with concert lectures:

30th of August- I.S.Bach- what we know about I.S.Bach and about his works for the violin

20th of September special guest Hawijch Elders super top violist will do the presentation of her new solo violin program“Van Barok tot Modern”,

27th September -  "DUO 2 Violins- Father&Daughter".Igor Ruhadze and his daughter  Elizabeth will come back to us with more pieces for 2 violins.

October 4th will be a special historical presentation concert “Historische fortepiano in ontwikkeling” door Alexander Pulyaev (fortepiano). Alexander will talk about historical pianoforte and will play on this instrument.

Speciall thanks to CULTUUR FONDS ALMERE and  STICHTING NORMA for full support.

LIve Concert

Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds  Live . 

NMF Live • Igor Ruhadze (barokviool) & Alexander Puliaev (klavecimbel)

De instrumenten van het NMF en hun bespelers laten van zich horen! Live vanuit het NMF-kantoor – of op locatie – én op veilige afstand, klinkt het geluid van topmusici en hun bijzondere instrumenten. Schakel in en geniet van de muziek, het verhaal achter het instrument en de musici. Een vraag aan de musicus? Die kunt u via Facebook stellen. Luister wekelijks naar het geluid van onze musici

New CD

My new CD. J-M.Leclair: Complete Violin Concertos.
After their internationally acclaimed recordings of sonatas and concertos by Pietro Locatelli, Ensemble Violini Capricciosi and their founder/director Igor Ruhadze turn their attention to his most talented pupil, Jean-Marie Leclair.

The stylish idiom and sensitivity of this period string ensemble’s previous recordings for Brilliant Classics have won wide critical praise. Concerning their 5CD set of Locatelli’s Sonatas Opp. 8 & 12: ‘Brilliant’s collection should prove a most enjoyable, most entertaining, and, at times, moving experience… Strongly recommended, therefore, across the board’…/leclair-complete-violi…/


"Hidden Gems of Russian Romantic Music"

Dear Friend, I would like to invite you to an amazing project, which will take place this week in Amsterdam. I am glad to be invited to lead the project "Hidden Gems of Russian Romantic Music" together with Maria Milstein and in close collaboration with Sweelinck Academy of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Moscow Gnessin Special School of Music and Stichting Bevordering Jong Talent.
Young talents (children aged 13-16) from Russia and the Netherlands will join each other on stage to perform works of the rarely programmed Russian Romantic composers.

250 Jubiläum der Pfarrkirche St. Philippus und Jakobus in Mittelstrimmig

Sonntag, 25. August 2019, 

Pfarrkirche Mittelstrimmig/Hunsrück, 15 Uhr

Igor Ruhadze

Ensemble Violini Capricciosi

Julie Grutzka (Sopran) Ulrike Malotta (Alt)
Christian Rathgeber (Tenor)  Thilo Dahlmann (Bass)


W.A. Mozart Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola

Igor Ruhadze & Erini Stratigopoulou, the Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands

The Sinfonia concertante in E flat for violin and viola, K364, is an iconic work for many Mozart lovers, and arguably the greatest music he wrote in Salzburg. It will be performed four time in September 2019 all over the Netherlands.

The first and only Complete Locatelli Edition ever!

......Igor Ruhadze and his group Ensemble Violini Capricciosi have dedicated themselves to recording Locatelli’s works for some years now. Careful research along with a genuine enthusiasm for the overlooked composer’s works have led to a fine set of recordings, previously described by Gramophone as ‘brilliantly and at times breathtakingly performed’. The release also includes new recordings of the composer’s Concerti Grossi Opp. 1 & 7 and Introduzioni Teatrali Op.4, as well as the haunting Sinfonia funebre, a work to mark the death of an unknown woman in Rome. The vibrant playing of the Ensemble Violini Capricciosi is complemented by Musica ad Rhenum, led by highly acclaimed flautist Jed Wentz, who perform the Flute and Trio Sonatas. .....



American Record Guide, 

......I. Ruhadze also performs the 24 Capriccios in the manner Locatelli intended - inserted like cadenzas at the ends of the fast movements (I and III) of each concerto. Igor Ruhadze is a skilled violinist, certainly equal to this very technically demanding repertory. His fingers fly through the Capriccios; slow movements take on an intense, evocative timbre.......



...... ‘brilliantly and at times breathtakingly performed’...... 


Robert Maxham. Fanfare magazine

.......the Ensemble Violini Capricciosi  bring a lushness to the Locatelli music itself. The ensemble sounds energetic and sprightly in such movements as Sonata’s ! Vivace-they dont create any impression of heaviness.The ensemble is smoothly elegant in passages.Strongly recommended for the music itself and for the dedicated, excoting performances.......

Biber Complete Sonatas

I was impressed with Igor Ruhadze's survey of Locatelli's music, also for Brilliant Classics. It made me interested to see how he tackled Biber's sonatas. I am glad to say that, whilst it may not be my first choice in this fine music, Ruhadze does turn in a good performance, one which in many ways can be recommended.Overall, even if I prefer the other readings at times, the playing of Igor Ruhadze and the Ensemble Violini Capricciosi is excellent, I particularly like the sound of Felicity Goodwin’s organ playing and the instrument itself. She also wrote the brief but informative booklet notes. This is a useful set and one which I am happy to welcome onto my CD shelves. 


Stuart Sillitoe

Musica An Rhenum: Jed Wentz, Igor Ruhadze, Job ter Haar, Cassandra L. Luckhardt, Michael Borgstede



The bubbling melodies and rhythms that run through all three CDs, the charisma of the soloists, the elan of the allegros (which borders, from time to time, on a Goebelesque frenzy) and an entirely youthful vigor paint an ardent and lyrical portrait of Telemann, especially in the more extended and attractive Nouveaux Quatours. Here Jed Wentz unleashes an unbridled, loquacious and enchanting virtuosity: listen - one example among 20 others - to the Modere and the Pas Vite of the fifth quartet and savor his luminous song, his arabesques, his faultless style.

Et’cetera KTC 1312


"Trios & Concerto" 

Clémence Comte - recorder

Igor Ruhadze - violin



This attractive collection presents six of Telemann’s trio sonatas.The instrumental sonorities are gently sensuous, enhanced by the constant presence of the theorbo. The recording is resonant yet crystal-clear: I have seldom heard a recording of baroque chamber music in which the harpsichord’s melodic contribution emerges so naturally as an equal strand in the texture. There are few bold gestures here, yet only on one occasion (the violin’s brilliant passages in the Concerto’s final Vivace) did I wish for a more extrovert, flamboyant approach. Even there, the players’ technical assuredness and natural musicality are never in doubt. Throughout, they reveal a clear understanding of the music’s stylistic and affective demands, and they communicate the shape of the movements (and of individual phrases) with apparent spontaneity and captivating charm.

Muziek online !!!!

Muziek is een balsem voor de ziel. Daarom ben ik blij om op Goede Vrijdag muziek met jullie te delen. Vanavond,  Igor Rukhadze samen met Sytse Buwalda,cellist Jeroen den Helder, organist Arjan Breuchoven en Matthäus Passion's ariasman Sam Frets tijdens EO / PKN Good Friday-vieringen. Het feest is te zien van 19.30 tot 20.00 uur op en uit te zenden via YouTube.