Viktor Tretyakov is Professor, President of the Music Foundation named after Y. I. Yankelevich, People's Artist of the USSR, Laureate of the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR, the Lenin Komsomol Prize and the First Prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Viktor Tretyakov literally can be called one of the symbols of the Russian violin school. Mr Tretyakov masters the instrument in a magnificent way; his incredible scenic wattage and virtuoso performance of musical compositions attract huge number of music lovers all over the world. Viktor Tretyakov was born into a musical family in Siberian town Krasnoyarsk. He started his musical education in Irkutsk, continued it at the Central Music School and brilliantly finished it at the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of the legendary teacher Yuri Yankelevich who admired his outstanding talent.
In 1966 Viktor Tretyakov won the first prize of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Since that time, his glorious concert life as a violinist has begun. He successfully performs all over the world as a soloist, and in an ensemble with many outstanding conductors and musicians of our time, takes part in various international festivals.
He travels with concert tours to the UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium, Scandinavian countries and Latin America. The violinist's repertoire includes the violin concertos of the XIX century (Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, and Tchaikovsky); his interpretation of works of the XX century, primarily by Shostakovich and Prokofiev are recognized as exemplary in the domestic performing practice.
Viktor Tretyakov manifests himself in a variety of creative activities: successfully combines concert life and pedagogical and social activities; from 1983 to 1991 he headed the State Chamber Orchestra of the USSR; for many years he has been a professor at the Moscow Conservatory and the Cologne Higher School of Music; he is regularly invited to conduct master-classes; he is the chairman of the Charitable Foundation named after Yuri Yankelevich (since 1990). The violinist has directed for many times the work of the jury of the International Tchaikovsky Competition; he is the permanent chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and the chairman of the International «Vaclav Huml» Violin Competition in Zagreb.
His numerous recordings have been released by Melodiya, Sony / BMG, Live Classics, Olympia, Brilliant Classics and many others. Mr. Tretyakov plays a Nicolo Gagliano violin 1772.