Later, he studied conducting under Ilya Musin in Leningrad Conservatory. In 1955, Barshai founded the Moscow Chamber Orchestra which he led and conducted until he emigrated to the West in 1977. He was the artistic director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra from 1976 to 1981. From 1981 until 1982 Barshai was Principal Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de France (National Orchestra of France) from 1985 to 1986. Furthermore he was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1986. Barshai achieved fame as a musical interpreter and arranger of Dmitri Shostakovich's and Sergei Prokofiev's music.
He is particularly noted for his arrangement of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 for chamber orchestra. In 2000, Barshai produced a completion of Gustav Mahler's Tenth Symphony, which was left unfinished at the composer's death. In addition, he has recorded a number of Shostakovich's works, among which was the widely-praised world premiere recording of the composer's Fourteenth Symphony.
Many of his recordings have earned critical acclaim and have won international awards: 1988 Gramophone Awards – Concerto : Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 2, Rudolf Barshai conducting Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; solo: Donohoe (EMI) 2003 Cannes Classical Music Award: Orchestral 20 Century: Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies; Barshai (Brilliant Classics) 2003 Editor's Award (ClassicsToday.com): Record of the Year: Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies; Barshai (Brilliant Classics). In 1954, Barshai married Anna Martinson, a Russian painter and costume designer, and daughter of the Soviet comic Sergey Martinson. They have a son, Walter Barshai, born June 6, 1955. After their divorce in 1963 and his marriage to a Japanese translator, Teruko Soda (son Takeshi, b.
January 10, 1967), he married concert organist Elena Raskova. Barshai resided in Switzerland until his death. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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