Double Basses

Artem Chirkov

In the orchestra since 2022

Artem Chirkov graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. He has been working in the musicAeterna orchestra since 2022.

He is the winner of a number of reputable international competitions, including the International Society of Doublebases competition (USA), the International J.M. Sperger Competition (Germany), the International Competition in Brno (Czech Republic), as well as the Grand Prix and the first prize of the Bradetich Foundation International Competition (USA, 2010). As a member of the Bassiona Amorosa ensemble, he received the Best Quartet of the Year award from the European Cultural Foundation Pro Europa (Switzerland, 2003) and the ECHO Klassik Award in the category ‘Classics without Borders’ (Germany, 2014).

Since 2004, he has been actively performing as a soloist around the world. The musician’s extensive repertoire includes not only popular works for double bass, but also little-known compositions, original arrangements and works by contemporary composers.

On stage Artem Chirkov has collaborated with leading conductors, musicians and ensembles: Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Mariss Jansons, Uroš Lajovic, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Jon Kalbfleisch, Christoph Campestrini, Osvaldo Ferreira, Natalia Gutman, Eliso Virsaladze, Placido Domingo, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich and Cologne Philharmonic Orchestras, the David Oistrakh Quartet, the St.Petersburg Philharmoniс Orchestra, the St.Petersburg Orchestra of the State Hermitage Museum ‘Camerata’, the Borodin State Quartet, etc.

He gives open lessons, master classes and seminars in leading higher educational institutions of the world. As the founder and artistic director of the annual international festival The World of Double Bass, he is engaged in the development of methods for teaching the double bass, expanding the repertoire, modernizing the instrument, and developing its performing capabilities.