YURI GOLOUBEV, double bass

The quality of musicianship is at the highest level. - Bob James
...a beacon of light for true music. - Dave Liebman
...amazing. His double-bass playing has the fluidity of a fretless electric bass player. Goloubev is set to reach a much wider audience. - Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
...the prodigiously skilled and musical bassist Yuri alertness and watchfulness in his gaze and his every gesture - it's mesmerizing to watch. Sebastian Scottney, - London Jazz
Goloubev produces an impressively subtle work. - Downbeat

One of the most interesting and sought-after jazz double bassists in Europe, Yuri Goloubev toured over 60 countries across continents appearing at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Barbican Centre in London, Sydney Opera House, Berlin Philharmonie, Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris and festivals as Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, London Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, Festival of Perth, Jazzahead, Boheme Jazz, Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival – to name just a few. His collaborations include such artists as Bob James, Till Brönner, Chico Freeman, Kenny Werner, Ralph Towner, Billy Kilson, Julian Arguelles, Alex Sipiagin, Norma Winstone, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Pieranunzi, Gwilym Simcock, Pablo Held, Tim Garland, Rosario Giuliani and many others.

A multi-award winner - 1st prize in the All-Soviet Union Student Competition (1990), New Names Scholarships (1996/97), “Honoured Artist of Russia” (2002) - Yuri has participated as leader, co-leader and sideman in well over 100 albums to date, released by SONY, EMI, ACT, Universal, Basho and other notable labels. Some of these records have been used by British Airways, Swiss, Lufthansa, Emirates and Air France for their inflight entertainment programs. A Moscow Conservatory graduate (1995), from 1992 to 2004 Yuri has been serving as Principal Bass of the famed Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra directed by Yuri Bashmet. Since the mid-1990s, Goloubev has also been progressively active on the jazz scene which eventually led him to abandoning his classical career entirely in 2004. This switch from performing at the world’s most important classical venue for many years with the likes of Rostropovich and Richter, Galway and Quasthoff and recording for EMI and SONY Classical (including a Grammy nomination) to reaching a similar level in jazz career made Yuri Goloubev a true rarity and exception in the music world.

From 2007 till 2009, Yuri has been a jazz faculty member of Centro Professione Musica in Milan (CPM), in 2010/2011 he taught at F.A.Bonporti Conservatoire (Trento, Italy); currently (since 2015), Yuri teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff) as well as at Wells Cathedral School in the United Kingdom – alongside his career as a recording and performing artist.

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