Yuri Zhislin

Russian born violinist and violist Yuri Zhislin has been based in London for over 30 years.

Winner of the 1993 BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year, Yuri studied at the Royal College of Music gaining his ARCM Diploma with Honours in 1995.

Described by The Strad magazine as “a musician with lyrical talent and truly romantic temperament”, Zhislin appeared as a soloist with the orchestras worldwide, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Oxford Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Armenian Symphony orchestra, the Queensland Symphony, the Lublin Philharmonic and the Santiago de Chile Symphony among others. Yuri has worked with conductors including Fabio Mastrangelo, Olari Elts and Alex Walker.

His performances have taken him to nearly 50 countries around the world. In 2014, Zhislin made his debut at the legendary Carnegie Weill Hall in New York.

Yuri’s chamber music partners have included Maxim Vengerov, Natalie Klein, Maria Joao-Pires and Sergei Nakariakov.

He has made his debut recital recording with George Lazaridis for the SOMM recordings and recorded for Naxos with his wife Natalia Lomeiko, Nimbus Alliance with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Luigi Piovano, and Orchid Classics with Camerata Tchaikovsky string orchestra, of which he is an Artistic Director.

Camerata Tchaikovsky, founded by Zhislin in 2004, has completed a series of successful tours since 2008. In April 2016, a debut CD under their former name, the Russian Virtuosi of Europe, was chosen “BBC Music Magazine CD of the month” and in December 2021, their Christmas Without Words EP reached No.12 on the US Classical Billboard Chart.

Yuri has made a number of arrangements for various formations, including Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto arranged for viola and strings, available on the Camerata Tchaikovsky Russian Colours album, (described by The Strad as a “revelatory arrangement”) and Christmas favourites for the Camerata Tchaikovsky Christmas EP album.

As a conductor, he has worked with orchestras in Russia, Spain and the UK. His recent appearance as a Guest conductor with the Bristol Ensemble at St George’s Bristol has been described as “a concert wonderfully held together by Yuri Zhislin”. In October 2023, he conducted the up-and-coming
Hastings Philharmonic orchestra at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings. The programme included Beethoven’s Egmont Ouverture and Brahms Violin Concerto played by Yuri’s wife, Natalia Lomeiko.

Zhislin is a professor of violin and viola at the Royal College of Music and gives masterclasses across Europe. He is also regularly invited as a Jury member to International Violin Competitions. In 2024, he will head an international Jury at the Kreutzer Violin Competition in Belgium.