In the orchestra since 2004
Afanasiy Chupin was born in 1987 in a family of musicians from Omsk, Russia. In 2004, the 16-year-old Afanasiy was invited by Teodor Currentzis to join the newly formed musicAeterna ensemble as the orchestra’s concertmaster.
Afanasiy Chupin was born in 1987 in a family of musicians from Omsk, Russia. He started learning to play the violin at the age of 3 and began performing with a symphony orchestra at 5. In 2002, with support from Lions Club, he performed his first solo concerts in Europe. In 2004, the 16-year-old Afanasiy Chupin was invited by Teodor Currentzis to join the newly formed musicAeterna ensemble as the orchestra’s concertmaster.
Afanasiy Chupin can be frequently seen performing with Camerata Bern and as a concertmaster at Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
He is a laureate of numerous international competitions, as well as the holder of the “Young Russian Talent” award (2005).
Afanasiy Chupin learned to play the violin under the supervision of A. Goldberg and A. Muralev (Omsk, 1990–1997). In 1997–2006, he studied at the lyceum at the Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory. His professor, Alexey Gvozdev, played the defining role in his musical education.
In 2006–2008, Afanasiy Chupin studied in Germany; in 2009, he resumed his education at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, in a class supervised by People’s Artist of Russia, Vladimir Ivanov.
During his studies, Afanasiy Chupin took part in master classes held by Z. Bron, R. Masters, T. Gabora, R. Chase, S. Accardo and other renowned musicians. He studied composing from Yuri Yukechev and took conducting lessons from Teodor Currentzis.
Afanasiy Chupin took part in joint productions by Teodor Currentzis and Dmitriy Chernyakov for the Bolshoi Theatre (Berg’s “Wozzeck” in 2009 and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in 2010), as well as in productions by Robert Wilson (Verdi’s “Traviata” in 2016), Romeo Castellucci (Honegger’s “Jeanne au bûcher” in 2017), Peter Sellars (Purcell’s “Indian Queen” in 2013, Mozart’s “The Mercy of Titus” in 2017) for the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Together with musicAeterna, Afanasiy Chupin has taken part in a number of international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the RUHRtriennale, the Klara Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the “Territory” festival, and the Diaghilev Festival.
Afanasiy Chupin takes an active part in studio work. He prepared a number of musicAeterna recordings for publishing via the SONY label: Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” and “Don Giovanni”, Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony no.6”, Rameau’s “Sound of Light” album, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and others. He also took part in the pre-publishing preparation of “Time and Eternity”, an album by Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Camerata Bern.