Lauded for his remarkable stage presence, depth of insight, nuance, and generosity, cellist Yegor Dyachkov is an inspired recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Since being proclaimed Artist of the Year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and winning the Young Canadian Musician Award in 2000, Mr. Dyachkov has gone on to perform throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Canada, and the United States, making his New York debut at Lincoln Center in October 2000. He has appeared with major orchestras in such cities as Antwerp, Geneva, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, and Vancouver, and has performed at numerous international festivals in Évian, Kronberg, Lanaudière, Ottawa, Prussia Cove and Tanglewood.
Recent performances featured Mr. Dyachkov with the Calgary Philharmonic (Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations) and with the Laval Symphony Orchestra (Brahms Double Concerto, with violinist Andrew Wan). In the coming months, three CDs will be launched: violin and cello duos with Olivier Thouin (Analekta), chamber works of Serge Arcuri, and the debut recording of Triple Forte (both on Atma).
Deeply committed to chamber music, Yegor Dyachkov has performed with the Arditti, Borromeo and St. Lawrence Quartets, pianists Jean Saulnier, Anton Kuerti and Stéphane Lemelin, violinists James Clark, Jonathan Crow, Antje Weithaas, Scott St. John and Yehonatan Berick, cellist Steven Isserlis, and clarinetists James Campbell and Todd Palmer. In the year 2007, he founded the Magellan Ensemble, with violinist Olivier Thouin, violist Yukari Cousineau and pianist Jean Saulnier. He is also part of Triple Forte, with violinist Jasper Wood and pianist David Jalbert.
Winning the Orford International Competition in 1997 led to an invitation from Chandos to record his debut CD featuring Glazunov’s Concerto Ballata. Yegor Dyachkov subsequently made critically acclaimed recordings including sonatas by Brahms (Analekta), works by Prokofiev and Stravinsky (Analekta), the cello concerto by Dvorak (Riche Lieu), the sonatas by Shostakovich, Schnittke and Prokofiev (Pelléas, Opus Prize 2001), works by Jacques Hétu and André Prévost (Doberman-Yppan), as well as sonatas by Strauss and Pfitzner (Brioso). His performances have been broadcast and televised in Canada and abroad.
A champion of new music, Yegor Dyachkov accords a prominent place to contemporary music in his repertoire. He gave the premiere performances of several works that are dedicated to him: the Sonata by Jacques Hétu, Ironman for cello and orchestra and The Agate Rosary for cello and piano by Michael Oesterle, Vez for solo cello by Ana Sokolović, as well as Menuhin : Présence, a concerto written for him by the late André Prévost. Mr. Dyachkov was soloist for the first French performance of Giya Kancheli’s Diplipito for cello, counter-tenor and orchestra at Rostropovich’s Evian Festival and for the North American premiere in Winnipeg. He has also been invited by Yo-Yo Ma and Sony Music to take part in the Silk Road Project.
Born in Moscow in 1974, Mr. Dyachkov studied with Aleksandr Fedorchenko in Moscow, Yuli Turovsky in Montréal and Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne. The breadth of Yegor Dyachkov’s musical commitment also extends to teaching master classes and to maintaining a dialogue with young musicians. He teaches at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and at the University of Montreal, where he is Head of the String Department.