Alexander Kitaev


Concert master of the viola section
Honoured Artists of the Russian Federation

Alexander Kitayev was born in Moscow in the family of a geologist and a school teacher. He began to study music at the age of 5 and to study viola at the age of 12. In 1967 he entered the Moscow Music Collage named after Ippolitov-Ivanov and studied in the class of an outstanding viola-player and pedagogue, Prof. G.S.Talalyan. Also in his class he continued to study at the Russian music academy named after the Gnesins, where he had a lucky chance to study and to come to know such magnificent masters as R.D.Dubinsky (quartet) and professor Mikihnovsky (chamber ensemble). After Talalyan's death he studied at the institute and later in the post-graduate course in the class of V.M. Trushin, Talalyan's follower. In 1975 he joint the Great Symphony Orchestra of the Central Radio and All-Union Television of the USSR. Between 1977 and 1981 he worked in the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre of the USSR. Since 1981 he has been with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. As of now he is the concertmaster of the viola section.

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