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Vladimir Chekasin

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Vladimir Chekasin in 2007. Photo sourced from the Lithuanian Wikipedia

Vladimir Chekasin (born February 24, 1947 in Yekaterinburg, Russia) is a Lithuanian / Russian jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, pedagogue and director.

Biography

Vladimir Chekasin began playing the violin and piano at the age of six, the clarinet at the age of ten, and the saxophone at the age of fifteen. In 1965 he graduated from a special music school, and in 1970 he graduated from the clarinet class of the Sverdlovsk Conservatory.

In 1971 he received the first prize at the Prague - 71 International Festival of Young Musicians. He also recorded his first album "Meeting". That same year he moved to Lithuania and joined the Ganelin Trio with Vyacheslav Ganelin and Vladimir Tarasov.

With the Ganelin Trio, his quartets and the Big Band of the Lithuanian Academy of Music (Chekasin Big Band), along with collaborations with other performers, he has recorded about 60 jazz music albums, and given concerts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Cuba, Japan and India. Organizes theatrical polystylistic jazz programs, often involving drama actors, dancers and pantomime artists. In 1975 he became a teacher at the B. Dvarionas Music School. Between 1975 and 2002 he also taught at the Lithuanian Academy of Music. Among his students are Petras Vyšniauskas, Vytautas Labutis, Gedminas Laurinavičius, Leonidas Šinkarenka, Neda Malūnavičiūtė, Liudas Mockūnas and many other jazz masters.

Awards

  • Vilnius Jazz Festival Award
  • Medal for Merits to Vilnius and the Nation
  • Vilnius City St. Statue of Christopher
  • Golden Disc of the Lithuanian Musicians' Union
  • Grand Prix of the Birštonas Jazz Festival. [2]

References

  1. Jūratė Kučinskaitė. Vladimir Chekasin. Universal Lithuanian Encyclopedia, T. IV (Chakasija-Diržiai Cemetery). - Vilnius: Institute of Science and Encyclopedia Publishing, 2003. 274 p.
  2. http://www.birstonokultura.lt/jazz/istorija/dutukstantis-dvyliktieji/2014-metai/vilniauskolegija/

Text adapted from the Lithuanian Wikipedia