Supported and guided by Sir Yehudi Menuhin at a young age, Kirill Troussov is now widely recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation. He works with renowned orchestras and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals. The international press describes his playing: "... impressive elegance, his irreproachable technique, his exceptional musical sensitivity and his sonorities of immaculate beauty ..."
Collaboration with celebrated conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Lawrence Foster, Jiri Belohlàvek, Michail Jurowski, David Stern, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikko Frank and Louis Langrée as well as with major orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Radio Orchestra of Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra has brought him to the most famous concert halls and festivals worldwide – Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brüssel, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, De Doelen, NCPA in Beijing, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Menuhin Festival Gstaad.
Kirill Troussov is a passionate and committed chamber musician who performs frequently with artists like Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Julian Rachlin, Daniel Hope, Joshua Bell, Gautier und Renaud Capucon, Natalia Gutman, Christian Zacharias, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky and Elisabeth Leonskaja.
Highlights of his past concert seasons include - substitution for Gidon Kremer in Paris, Asia Tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, his spectacular performance at the BBC Proms and his activity as jury member at international competitions. He has been awarded the European cultural award "Pro-Europa", the Yamaha Prize, the Davidoff-Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and numerous prizes at international competitions.
In 2016 Kirill Troussov gave a master class at the International Summer Academy of Mozarteum University in Salzburg and has been reinvited as a member of the jury at the "Schoenfeld International String Competition" in China. In 2017 master classes at Mozarteum Salzburg, European Music Intstitute Vienna, in St. Blasien, Berlin and Cremona follow. For many years, Kirill Troussov has been involved in the project "Rhapsody in School".
Kirill Troussov's recordings—among others for EMI Classics—were given many awards by the international press. He performs with Yuja Wang on her DVD with Kurt Masur 2011. Schwarz-Schilling's Violin Concerto with the Staatskapelle Weimar was released in 2013 and a recording of chamber music works by Mendelssohn in 2014.
His CD "Memories" has been highly praised by the international press and the public—among others by "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and the french trade magazine "Diapason". His new CD "Emotions" was released in November 2016.
He completed his studies with Zakhar Bron and Christoph Poppen. His mentors have been Igor Oistrach, Herman Krebbers und Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Kirill Troussov plays the Antonio Stradivari violin "Brodsky" of 1702, on which violinist Adolph Brodsky performed the world premier of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto on December 4, 1881.
Ever since they could walk and even before that, ever since they can remember, they have played together: Kirill Troussov and his sister Alexandra Troussova. And in the meantime, they have become one of the few sibling duos enjoying international standing.
"With the same heartbeat and breath, we have lived music each and every day as long as I can recall", reminisces Alexandra Troussova. "Even though we are at home the world over, our origins always accompany us and that makes our music distinctive", adds Kirill Troussov.
What makes this duo so special is the unique combination of perfect technique and the astonishing emotions that not only link brother and sister but also thoroughly captivate the audience.
"Onstage we merge together to become a single musical body that can immediately transpose each spontaneous emotion, each subtlety of tone and make them appreciable to the listeners. After the concert, people often come up to us with tears in their eyes saying, 'You two have evoked the entire palette of emotions for us – from the most profound sadness to the utmost joy'."
During her international career Alexandra Troussova has worked with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Antoni Witt, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Walter Weller, Gerd Albrecht, Joseph Suk, Kaspar Zendner, Arie van Beek, Wolfgang Gönnenwein and Michel Tilkin.
Alexandra Troussova performs with great success in renowned concert halls such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Prinzregententheater München, Kurhaus Wiesbaden, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Opéra de Lyon, Tonhalle Zürich, Gulbenkian Foundation Lissabon, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.
She is regularly invited by major music festivals such as the Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festival Carinthischer Sommer, Saint-Denis Festival, Festival La Folle Journée, Festival de musique de Sully, Festival Piano aux Jacobins, Festival Piano à Auxerre, Festival Saint-Riquier, Festival Septembre musical, Florilegio Musical Salmantino, Al Bustan Festival, Festival de Lanaudière, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen and Klavierfestival Ruhr.
As a chamber musician she collaborates with a variety of artists including Frans Helmerson, Sarah Chang, Alexander Knjasev, David Guerrier and Nils Mönkemeyer.
In addition to her solo career she works successfully with her brother, the violinist Kirill Troussov. Their recordings—among others for EMI Classics—have been widely hailed by the international press and given many international awards.
Alexandra Troussova's CD "Memories" (MDG), recorded together with her brother Kirill Troussov as music partner, has been highly praised by international press and the public—among others by "Süddeutsche Zeitung" and the French trade magazine "Diapason". Her new CD "Emotions" (MDG) was released in November 2016.
She studied with James Tocco, Dimitri Bashkirov, Vadim Suchanov and Alfredo Perl.
Numerous radio recordings and television broadcasts in Germany, France, Belgium and USA show Alexandra Troussova's pianistic versatility.
The sound of a Stradivari is inimitably beautiful. Its special tone, powerful, yet soft, fills the largest concert halls worldwide and puts a spell on the audience.
Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) from Cremona is considered to be the most accomplished violin maker of all times. Before or since, his versatility and perfection has never been matched. Supple outlines, exact workmanship, and beautiful fiery varnish, which, from the brightest yellow or deepest red, is always translucent and clear.
Each instrument bears Stradivari's stamp of personality and perfection. He is said to have built about 1100 instruments: violins, violas, cellos, some guitars and a harp. During his so-called golden years, in 1702 the master built the violin, which two hundred years later should be given the name "Brodsky". Today the "Brodsky" is played by Kirill Troussov.
The Brodsky-story begins with a legendary world première. In Vienna, on December 4th, 1881, Adolph Brodsky played Tchaikovsky's violin concerto on his Stradivari. Originally the composer dedicated his work, written in 1878, to the violinist Leopold Auer. However, Auer refused to play the concert, as he considered the solos to be too complicated.
At the end of the première, performed with the Vienna Philharmonics under Hans Richter, the concert hall was filled with insistent applause and shrill whistling. The approach of the audience was extremely divided and the reaction of the press were almost unanimously. Eduard Hanslick, the leading critic of his times, wrote: "Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto gives us the terrible idea, whether there might also exist pieces of music, which you can hear stinking." Brodsky did not worry and announced that he wanted to perform the violin concerto again and everywhere in Europe.
Tchaikovsky’s gratitude exceeded by far the abuse by insulting criticisms. He cancelled Auer’s name and dedicated the concert to Brodsky. On his Stradivari Brodsky also premièred the violin concerto in Moscow and London. Later Auer became one of the work’s most fervent advocates. For a long time it has been one of the most famous and frequently played violin concerts. It also belongs to Kirill Troussov’s favourites. His Stradivari “Brodsky” is on private loan.