Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Principal Clarinet
Clarinetist Alexander Bedenko has recently emerged as one of the most promising talents of his generation, attracting the attention of major conductors, as well as leading orchestras, ensembles and festivals in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Alexander Bedenko has won first prizes in 1994 at the Second International Young Artist’s Competition in Moscow, in 1995-96 at the Interlochen Center for the Arts “Concerto Competition”, in 1999 Grand-Prix and Laureate at the International Selmer Clarinet Competition in Kiev, and was a recipient scholarship of Vladimir Spivakov’s Foundation and the named scholarship of The President of Ukraine, from (1997-1999).
Born in Ukraine into a family of musicians, Alexander Bedenko graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he completed his clarinet studies with Donald Montanaro and chamber music with Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley and Joseph Silverstein. Alexander Bedenko has regularly performed with the Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestras under conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nezet- Zeguin, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Ivan Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Christoph Eschenbach and Sir. Simon Rattle.
Mr. Bedenko has performed as guest principal clarinet with the London Symphony Orchestra both at the Barbican Centre in London as well as on tour in Germany under the baton of Daniel Harding, with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and became co-principal clarinetist with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2008 led by Gabor Takacs-Nagy.
In addition to his work with major orchestras, Alexander Bedenko has appeared both as soloist and as a chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Steinway Hall in New York, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, UNESCO in Paris and collaborated with world’s renowned artists such as Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikolai Lugansky, Elena Bashkirova, Kirill Gernstein, Daniel Hope, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Frans Helmerson, Nobuko Imai, Eugenia Zukerman, Maxim Rysanov, Gautier Capucon and with the Borodin, Jerusalem and Endellion string quartets. Alexander Bedenko has also been televised and broadcasted in France, Sweden, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and was featured on WQXR Radio Station in New York, WRTI Radio Station in Philadelphia, and “Voice of America” in Washington.
In the past seasons, Alexander Bedenko has performed as a soloist with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Romanian National Radio Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Ukraine, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and appeared at the Colmar, Verbier, Spoleto, Saratoga and Sarasota music festivals. In 2007, Alexander Bedenko appeared together with Richard Stoltzman on the recording with music of J.S.Bach for the RCA/BMG Japan label.
In January 2014, Alexander Bedenko was invited to perform guest principal clarinet on the European tour with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Riccardo Muti.