Russian oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk, born in 1978, began studies at the Gnessin Institute in his native Moscow before continuing his education at the Paris Conservatoire; his teachers included Maurice Bourgue, Jacques Tys, and Jean-Louis Capezzali. He won the European Juventus Prize in 1999, two Victoires de la Musique Classique awards in 2002, the Triumph Prize in Russia in 2005, and the Borletti Buitini Trust Award in 2007. As a “Rising Star” and participant in the BBC New Generation Artists Programme, he was able to make appearances in various concert halls throughout Europe. After his initial engagement with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexei Ogrintchouk was appointed first solo oboist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2005. Along with his duties with the Orchestra, he is equally committed to performances as soloist. He has performed oboe concertos with such conductors as Andrew Davis, Daniel Harding, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, and Gennady Roshdestvensky and has appeared with the orchestras of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theaters, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. As a chamber musician, Ogrintchouk partners with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, and Radu Lupu; violinists Sarah Chang, Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, and Nikolai Znaider; and the Belcea and Tokyo String Quartets. He has made guest appearances with the BBC Proms, as well as at the Edinburgh, Lockenhaus, Colmar, Verbier, and Cortona Festivals; he has additionally performed in the world’s major concert halls, from the Musikverein in Vienna to Carnegie Hall in New York. Alexei Ogrintchouk teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
With this concert Alexei Ogrintchouk makes his LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut as soloist.