Mikhail Zemtsov

Mikhail Zemtsov first took violin lessons from his mother Loudmila Levinson at the age of five, later studying viola and composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He gained Soloist Diplomas with Distinction from ABRSM (GB, B. Dinerstein), the Hochschuele fuer Musik in Hamburg (Germany, M. Nichetianu) and the Maastricht Conservatory (Netherlands, M. Kugel).
Mikhail took conducting lessons and masterclasses with Lev Markiz, Juozas Domarkas, Neeme and Paavo Jarvi, Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Raiskin.
He has participated in numerous International Festivals in Europe, the Far East and the Americas as chamber music partner to musicians including Bella Davidovitch, Boris Berezovsky, Dmitri Sitkovetski, Sarah Chang, Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin. He has recorded six chamber music CDs for Sony Masterworks, Tower Records and Deutche Welle. His Solo CD ”The Last Rose of Summer” was placed as number 2 among the Top 50 of the TROS – Dutch Broadcast/TV Channel and it was given 9 points (excellent) in the biggest Dutch record-review magazine ”LUISTER”. Mikhail has been a prizewinner at the first International Viola Competion (Vienna) and the Elisa Meyer String Competion (Hamburg).
Zemtsov’s solo appearances include performances with the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Lima Philharmonic, New World Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony of Mexico, Luxembourg Philharmonic (R. Strauss ”Don Quixote” with Misha Maisky as cello soloist), Wiener Volksoper, Hamburger Symphoniker, Stavanger Symphon (Norway) and The Hague Philharmonic (Netherlands) with conductors including Neeme Jarvi, Jaap van Zweden and Dmitri Kitajenko.
Mikhail also plays as a duo partner with guitarist Enno Voorhorst (Duo Macondo). He founded the Zemtsov Viola Quartet together with his wife Julia, his brother Alexander and daughter Dana. Mikhail Zemtsov is currently principal violist with The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra (Residentie Orkest) a position he has held since 2001.
Mikhail Zemtsov is viola teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and at the Utrecht Conservatory. He is chief conductor of the Utrecht Conservatory Strings and the Concerto Grosso Youth Orchestra in Rotterdam.