Tatjana Masurenko

”A magnificent violist!” (Deutschlandfunk), ”The recording is a tremendous experience” (Rondo), ”Technically and musically outstanding” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) – these are just a sample of the overwhelmed comments made by the musical press when reporting on violist Tatjana Masurenko. She has been an established soloist and chamber musician in the international music scene now for more than 15 years. Her expressive and passionately distinctive way of making music gives her an unmistakable profile, and distinguishes her as one of the leading interpreters in her field.

The viola is the greatest love of her life. With the same resoluteness that she showed at the age of ten, consistently fighting to keep ”her” viola, which at that time was far too big for her, she champions for her instrument just as much today, with each and every concert. ”The day will come when the viola emerges from the shadow of the violin and cello. Audiences will come to realise how close this instrument is to the human voice, and how infinitely rich and wonderful it can be ”, said Tatjana Masurenko once at an interview. ”Masurenko (…) is among those virtuosi of the viola who have considerably extended the scope of the instrument over the past few years. Important for her is not just that the viola achieves quality in the discant, which was reserved earlier for the violin alone, but rather in fathoming out more deeply the variety of expressions the instrument is capable of; and of coming up with expressive colours, which are neither possible for the violin or the cello, but which seem to be specific to the alto instrument,” said Norbert Ely in the Deutschlandfunk radio programme, ”Die neue Platte”, in 2003.

Tatjana Masurenko stems from a Russian jazz musician’s family. At aged five she was given her first violin lessons. Five years later she changed to the viola. She studied in St. Petersburg, first at the special music school for highly talented children and later at the State Leningrad Conservatory.

In 1991 she came to Germany. She found her new incentives in master courses given by Kim Kashkashian. From there she went on to complete her studies at the Conservatory of Music in Detmold under Nobuko Imai. Her encounters with Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtag, and Brigitte Fassbaender also had a particularly strong influence on her artistic development.

Tatjana Masurenko has won numerous international prizes and awards, e. g. at the International Viola Competition in Markneukirchen, Germany, at the Lionel Tertis Competition in England, and the Yuri Bashmet Competition in Moscow.

She regularly appears as a guest soloist at concerts with well-known conductors and orchestras in Europe, Russia and Asia. So is often invited by the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Symphony and the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig, under conductors like Marek Janowski, Eiji Oue, Herbert Blomstedt, Georg Christoph Biller and Peter Oundjan. In addition, a great deal of dedication is given to her regular chamber music performances with partners such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, Jörg Widmann, Heinrich Schiff, Gidon Kremer, and the Vogler Quartet.

Tatjana Masurenko has also been a welcomed guest at prominent international chamber music festivals, like Musiktage Mondsee (Austria), the Heimbach Chamber Music Festival „Spannungen” (Germany), the Marlboro Music Festival (USA), Mozartwoche Salzburg (Austria), West Cork Festival (Ireland), the Elverum Music Festival (Norway), and Istanbul Music Festival (Turkey).

Her recordings received many prizes, such as for Hartmann – Viola Concerto: Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Supersonic Award, and Diapason découverte. Her CD, ”British Viola Concertos” had great resonance in magazines like The STRAD, Das Orchester, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Recordings have also been made with many big radio stations, e. g. Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk, BBC, and Russian Classic Radio. Some of the numerous chamber music performances have also been released on disc by EMI Classics, SONY Classical and Wergo.

As well as her concert activities, Tatjana Masurenko has also taken on a professorship for the viola at the ”Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Conservatory of Music and Theatre” in Leipzig, Germany’s oldest music conservatory. She gives regular master classes around the world and she is the artistic director of the International Viola Campus in Iznik (Turkey) and the Leipziger Viola Ensemble, furthermore initiator of the viola masterlcass in The Mendelssohn House Leipzig. Tatjana Masurenko plays a viola that was made P. A. Testore in 1750.