Alexander Gottgelf

Cello

Principal

Alexander Gottgelf
Born in 1948, Alexander Gotgelf is a 1972 graduate of the Gnesin Institute, studying under Professor Armen Georgian. He has won all-Russian, all-Soviet and international contests, including the Fifth International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 1974).
In 1969, Gotgelf began working in symphonic orchestras in the Russian capital (Moscow State Symphonic Orchestra; Academic Symphonic Orchestra of the Moscow State Philharmonia), and in chamber orchestras and ensembles (State Chamber Orchestra; Moscow Soloists; Contemporary Music Ensemble, under the leadership of Yuri Kasparov). He has been playing with the Russian National Orchestra since its founding in 1990.

Alexander Gotgelf has participated in numerous solo and chamber concerts. Over the years, he has played with Igor Oistrakh, Mikhail Pletnev, Natalia Shakhovskaya, the Borodin Quartet and others.

In 2002, the British firm "Cello Classics," released a disk titled "Great Moments in Cello Playing." Gotgelf's performance of "Scherzo" by Yuri Shaporin (at the Fifth International Tchaikofsky Competition) appears alongside the work of Pablo Casals, Emanuel Feuermann, Daniil Shafran, Gregor Piatigorsky, Mischa Maisky, Alexander Rudin and others. On the liner notes for this recording, Keith Harvey wrote of Gotgelf: "A cellist in Olympic mode, here is a demonstration, pure and simple, of fantastic Russian training. The co-ordination between Gotgelf?s fingers and bow is utterly extraordinary, particularly since this was achieved under the intense conditions of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Had there been such a thing as a ?Velocity? prize, he would undoubtedly have been the outright winner!"

Performances with the RNO

June 2014

In Russia

17 Tue

Rachmaninov Estate Museum

Ivanovka

Russia

Location

  • Rachmaninov Estate Museum
  • Time: 5 PM

Program

Rachmaninov
Trio élégiaque
Five Songs for Violin and Piano
Andante from Sonata for Cello and Piano
Tchaikovsky
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in F minor, op. 50
Guest Artists:

Alexey Bruni, Violin

Alexander Gottgelf, Cello

Leonid Ogrinchuk, Piano, Basso Continuo

Rachmaninov Festival

January 2008

In Russia

18 Fri

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Kodaly
Galanta Dances
Haydn
Symphony for Violin, Oboe, Bassoon and Cello with Orchestra
Symphony No. 49 ("La Passione")
Bartok
Music for String, Percussion and Celesta
Conductor:

Vladimir Jurowski

Guest Artists:

Tatiana Porshneva, Violin

Olga Tomilova, Oboe

Alexey Sizov, Bassoon

Alexander Gottgelf, Cello

2007-2008 Season

February 2006

In Russia

15 Wed

Orchestrion

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Soloists of the RNO

Mozart, W. A.
Quartet for Flute and Strings, D major (K.285)
Quartet for Flute and Strings, A major (K.298)
Kegelstatt Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, E flat major (K.498)
String Trio, E flat major (K.563)
Guest Artists:

Alexey Bogorad, Clarinet

Sergei Dubov, Viola

Alexey Bruni, Violin

Alexander Gottgelf, Cello

Mikhail Dubov, Piano

2005-2006 Season

October 2005

In Russia

07 Fri

Orchestrion

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Gluck
Concerto for Flute, G major
Salieri
Triple Concerto
Mozart, L.
Trumpet Concerto
Guest Artists:

Olga Tomilova, Oboe

Alexey Bruni, Violin

Alexander Gottgelf, Cello

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

2005-2006 Season

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