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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Violin

Albert Igolnikov

Assistant Principal Second Violin

Albert Igolnikov came to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1979 from the Soviet Union with a music background gained entirely there. He was named assistant principal of the Orchestra’s second violin section in 1989.

He served as assistant concertmaster for three of the twenty years he spent with the Leningrad Philharmonic Academic Symphony, under Yevgeny Mravinsky, and was first violinist of a quartet comprised of members of the Leningrad Orchestra. His formal education included six years of study at the Leningrad Conservatory with Julius Eidlin, a pupil of Leopold Auer. Igolnikov immigrated to the United States in June 1979, and gave his first performance in America one month later at the Soviet Emigré Music Festival in Carnegie Hall. He lived in New York for a short time before joining the CSO.

Since his arrival in Chicago, Albert Igolnikov has been active in local chamber music circles and has performed regularly on the CSO Chamber Music series. He is a founding member of the New Russian Trio and Chicago Pro Musica, which received a 1986 Grammy® Award as Best New Classical Artist for its debut recordings. He has toured the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan and Russia with both ensembles.

Albert Igolnikov has been featured as a recitalist on WFMT. He also has appeared as soloist with the CSO on subscription concerts in Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins (with Jennie Wagner) under Sir Georg Solti (1986) and in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Fantasia on Russian Themes under Daniel Barenboim (1995).

Albert Igolnikov plays a violin by Guadagnini, Turin, 1780.

March 2012

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