Cellist Alexander Gotgelf died at 75


Honored Artist of the Russian Federation cellist Alexander Gotgelf died three days before his 75th birthday. About his sudden death reported team of the Russian National Orchestra (RNO).

“Alexander Lvovich is one of those without whom the RNO is unthinkable, who from the very first moment of the formation of the ensemble defined its identity, who set the bar for the highest professionalism for which the Russian National Orchestra has always been famous,” the orchestra said.

According to colleagues, Gotgelf was distinguished by his “love of life, wisdom and inimitable sense of humor.”

Gotgelf was born in 1948. A graduate of the Gnessin State Musical and Pedagogical Institute, he studied with Professor Armen Georgian. Laureate and diploma winner of All-Russian, All-Union and international competitions, including the Fifth International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974. He has been working in the Russian National Orchestra since its foundation – since 1990, and was the concertmaster of the cello group. Participant in many solo and chamber concerts and projects, including the State Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists ensemble, and the contemporary music ensemble under the direction of Y. Kasparov. Over the years, his partners were Igor Oistrakh, Mikhail Pletnev, Natalia Shakhovskaya, the Borodin State Quartet and others.


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