Oboe

Ivan Sherstnev

In the orchestra since 2015

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR INSTRUMENT?
Just like the French horn, the oboe rightfully holds the Guinness record for being one of the most difficult instruments to play. I believe the oboe is the closest instrument to the human voice.
WHAT COULD YOU HAVE BECOME, HAD YOU NOT CHOSEN TO BE A MUSICIAN?
If not for music, I would have probably become a painter. I would be happy to transfer the beauty of nature to the canvas. Painting has a serious advantage: with music, we make sonic pictures that only exist in the present and can be memorized (I am not talking about recordings — those are a different story). Painting, however, can let you create a masterpiece for further generations to admire.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACE YOU HAVE EVER PERFORMED AT?
The farewell hall at the Sklifosovsky Research Institute. On that day, we bid farewell to my teacher, S.P. Velikanov.
DO YOU LISTEN TO YOUR RECORDINGS? HOW DIFFERENTLY DO YOU START TO PERCEIVE THEM AS TIME GOES BY?
I make a point to listen to them: it is a good means of development. As time goes by, I stay as critical of my recordings as ever.
WHAT HOLDS THE MOST VALUE TO YOU IN WORKING WITH MUSICAETERNA?
MusicAeterna is comprised of outstanding, exceptionally strong personalities. They are musicians that have chosen to dedicate their lives to music. Together with Teodor, they unveil the truth.

musicAeterna orchestra events

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra (World Premiere)

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An event of Moscow residency

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra

An event of Moscow residency
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An event of Moscow residency

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901-1902)

Alexey Retinsky
“Anaphora” for Symphony Orchestra