Alexander Souptel

Voice/Instrument: Violine


Born in southern Russia in 1948, Alexander Souptel grew up in a musical family where his father was a conductor. He began violin studies at five and also spent seven years on the piano. Under Russian violin master Gnesins, he completed secondary school in 1967 and subsequently graduated in 1972 in Russia. Before joining the SSO as Concert Master in September 1993, Alexander Souptel was Leader of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

Alexander Souptel has been an honoured musician of Russia since 1980. In the same year he became Leader of Guennadi Rozhdestvensky's Orchestra, a position he held for 10 years. In 1986 he was conferred the "Honoured Artist of Russia" medal. As Leader and soloist, he has worked with several renowned orchestras in Moscow.

His repertoire has included concertos for violin and orchestra by Gubaidullina, Stravinsky, Schnittke and others. As Leader he has performed solo parts in the symphonies of Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Martinu, and in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Souptel is also active in chamber works. As Leader he has more than 5,000 minutes of recorded music, including the 11 Symphonies of Bruckner (with the Student Symphony and Symphony No. 0), 15 Symphonies of Shostakovich, Glazunov's Eight Symphonies and five symphonies by Schnittke. 

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