The internationally renowned Russian cellist, Alexander Buzlov, passed away yesterday after suffering a stroke. He was 37.
A 2006 graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire, Buzlov was a student of Natalia Gutman. He was awarded third prize at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015.
Here is Alexander Buzlov’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33. Eight adventurous variations grow out of an original theme that pays homage to the classical elegance of Mozart. Listen to the musical conversations which unfold between the solo cello and the voices of the orchestra. Vibrant, shimmering, and dancelike, this music feels close to Tchaikovsky’s ballet scores: