Ukrainian born violist Guennadi Freidine graduated from Lvov State Conservatory. After winning the Ukraine National Viola Competition in 1968, he went on to complete his musical education at the Leningrad State Conservatory under the direction of the renown Professor of Viola; Yury Kramarov. Mr.Freidine has held principal viola positions with several leading Russian orchestras including: the Kirov Opera of Leningrad, the Moscow State Orchestra, and the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber player he has performed at many prestigious festivals including: Moscow Stars, Sviatoslav Richters December Nights, and the City of London Festival. He has appeared in major concert halls such as the Barbican Hall in London, the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, and the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Mr. Freidine has performed with such distinguished musicians worldwide as: Maria-Joao Pires, Janos Starker, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, and Valery Gergiev, and he has given master classes in the USA, South Korea, France, and Finland. The French magazine La Gazette named him as a one of the worlds finest violists. Guennadi Freidine performs on viola by Boris Bratichev 1990.