Bolshoi mourns principal cellist, 68

Andrey Demin, concertmaster of the cellos in the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, has died in Moscow.

A Tchaikovsky prize winner, he spent several years in Israel, playing in the Rishon Lezion orchestra.


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  • “Concertmaster” of the cellos? No. Principal cellist, yes. Concertmaster is a term reserved for the leader as you say in the UK. Fine player, at any rate.

    • It does make sense to use the term “concertmaster” in this case because in Russia they call every string principal “концертмейстер”.

  • AD made wonderful recording of contemporary Russian composers cello sonatas, concertos. He made move to Israel because of love of his life, risking his career. On working visa he played in 3rd rate orchestra in Israel. But after returning to Moscow was principal cellist in best orchestra of Bolshoi theatre. RIP

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