Yuri Goloubev

Born in Moscow in 1972, Yuri studied at the Central School of Music and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory from which he graduated with a master’s degree in 1995 in Double Bass. He had already won first prize in the All-Soviet Union Student Competition in 1990 and as result became Principal Bass with the Ensemble XXI Chamber Orchestra from 1990-1991.

From 1991-1992 Yuri played with the famed Bolshoi Opera, and from 1992-2004 as Principal Bass with one of the world’s most noted chamber orchestras – The Moscow Soloists, directed by Yuri Bashmet.

As a classical double bassist he collaborated with such musicians as: Yuri Bashmet, Mario Brunello, Sarah Chang, James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Shlomo Mintz, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Thomas Quasthoff, Uto Ughi and Maxim Vengerov. He performed at a large variety of most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Barbican (London), Berlin Philarmonie, Sydney Opera House and many more.

As a composer, he was writing jazz and chamber music works as well as bass transcriptions and arrangements. These works are published in Russia, Germany and the United States.

In 2002, Yuri became the youngest bass player ever to be awarded the prestigious title of Honoured Artist of Russia. Meanwhile, since the late 1990s, Yuri had become keenly interested in jazz, and started performing in clubs and festivals as a jazz bassist as well. The growth of this interest finally led him to all but abandon his classical career, and devote himself to the jazz genre as a performer and composer.

In 2004, Yuri moved to Milan, which he used as a base for his worldwide touring and recording for the next decade.

In 2007, he joined the Jazz faculty of Centro Professione Musica in Milan, and in 2010 became Jazz Double Bass Professor at Trento State Conservatory. In addition, he has lead diverse masterclasses in the field of both classical and jazz music in the United States, England, Ireland and Italy.

What is truly unique about Yuri is that he has completed this almost impossible switch, from the classical world of the Royal Albert Hall and Concertgebow to the jazz world of the Montreux Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s, with utter conviction. His playing, the fluidity of which is often likened to a wind instrumentalist, is immediately recognisable and inimitable. His compositions and his instrumental abilities have been featured on nearly 100 CDs to date, released by such labels as EMI, Sony Classical, ACT, and Universal. Some of these albums have been featured in the in-flight entertainment programs of Lufthansa, Air France, Swiss, British Airways and Emirates.

Yuri’s time is currently split between worldwide touring, recording, and teaching. Some of his notable jazz collaborations include: Bob James, Julian Arguelles, Paolo Fresu, Tim Garland, Klaus Gesing, Rosario Giuliani, Rick Margitza, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Enrico Pieranunzi, Ralph Towner, Gwilym Simcock and Kenny Werner.

He is a highly sought-after and much-respected collaborator for a number of international jazz projects, remaining at the same time an active chamber music performer.

In autumn 2015, he joined the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, where he teaches Double Bass and Harmony. In addition, he teaches at King’s College in Taunton, Wells Cathedral School and Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians – a division of the Guildhall School, and offers individual tuition. He can be contacted via this website to set up a meeting.