Aleksey Igudesman

Founder @ Music Traveler

Aleksey Igudesman is best known as a violinist, but has also established himself as a composer, conductor, actor and filmmaker.

Aleksey Igudesman was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and was accepted into the prestigious “Yehudi Menuhin School” in England at the age of 12. He then later studied violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory.

Igudesman’s compositions are published by Universal Edition and have been performed worldwide by soloists, ensembles and orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, often with his participation as a solo violinist and conductor. He has performed his numerous violin duets in the project “Violins of the World”, where his poems are recited by Sir Roger Moore.
Igudesman has written for and performed as a soloist on several movie soundtracks and has worked closely with Academy Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer on numerous movies, such as “Sherlock Holmes” received an Oscar nomination for the Best Original Score. Igudesman has co-written with Hans Zimmer the soundtrack for “Jealous of the Birds” together , which won the Grand Prize for the Best Original Score in the Rhode Island International Film Festival. In 2016, Igudesman appeared alongside Hans Zimmer as a soloist on tour.

Aleksey Igudesman has directed, produced and starred in the feature-length comedy/documentary “Noseland”, featuring, among others, Julian Rachlin, John Malkovich and Sir Roger Moore. Noseland has been premiered in 14 festivals around the world and won the “Most Entertaining Documentary” award at the Doc Miami International Film Festival.
Igudesman stars in an Austrian TV series, broadcasted by ORF, entitled “Du Kunst Mich”, where he features talents from the fields of music, dance, photography and fashion.
He is currently working on a new TV series entitled “Feast Of Duos” based on Igudesman & Joo’s violin and piano competition set in Sion, Switzerland.

Igudesman partners with pianist Hyung-ki Joo, together they perform as IGUDESMAN & JOO. Their shows “A Little Nightmare Music”, “And Now Mozart”, “Play It Again”, “Silent Night Music”, “BIG Nightmare Music”, “Upbeat” and “Scary Concert”, cooperatively with symphony and chamber orchestras, have received much acclaim around the world. Clips with excerpts of those shows have been watched on YouTube over 40 million times. As a duo, they have performed with Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Viktoria Mullova, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell and John Malkovich, among others.
Igudesman & Joo have performed in front of half a million people, alongside rock legends like Simple Minds, Kim Wilde, Sinead O’Connor, Tears for Fears and Robin Gibb from the BeeGees.

In 2016 Igudesman co-founded Music Traveler together with Julia Rhee and Amanda Von Goetz, a mobile, online platform which aims to centralize and facilitate the renting and leasing of spaces with pianos or other musical instruments for practice or rehearsal.

Aleksey Igudesman plays a Santo Serafin 1717 violin, kindly loaned to him by ERSTE BANK and a bow by the modern bow maker Benoit Rolland.