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The Russian violinist Mark Lubotsky is dead

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Sikorski Publishers mourn the death of the great Russian violin virtuoso Mark Lubotsky, who died in Hamburg on 13 March 2021 at the age of 89.

Mark Lubotsky was born in Leningrad on 18 May 1931. At the age of seven, he moved to Moscow with his family. There he first attended the Central Music School and then the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied with Abram Yampolsky and David Oistrakh. He soon performed with the leading Soviet symphony orchestras. In 1976 he emigrated to the Netherlands, from where he embarked on an international soloist career. He also taught at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and, after moving to Hamburg in 1986, at the Hamburg Musikhochschule. Among his most important students are Lisa Batiashvili and Anton Barachovsky.

In addition to the classical-romantic repertoire, Mark Lubotsky was hugely committed to the work of important Russian composers of the 20th century, especially to the music of Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina, with whom he had a close friendship. Schnittke entrusted him with premiering his Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2 as well as his first two violin sonatas. Schnittke also dedicated his second violin concerto and his second violin sonata to him. Mark Lubotsky was also the first to perform the "Suite in the Old Style", which is much played today. Together with Mstislav Rostropovich and Irina Schnittke, he performed in the world premiere of Schnittke's Piano Trio in Evian in 1993.

At Benjamin Britten's request and under the composer's direction, Lubotsky made the first recording of Britten’s Violin Concerto in 1971, having already given the Russian premiere under Kondrashin in Moscow. 

In 2007, Lubotsky was one of the founding members of the Alfred Schnittke Society in Hamburg, of which he was the first president.


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