The name of the oboist and conductor Alexey Utkin is now well known both in Russia and abroad. His great natural talent was developed by the brilliant musical education he has received in the Moscow Conservatory. Later he has got a wonderful experience as a member of the chamber orchestra The Moscow Virtuosi headed Vladimir Spivakov. All this made him very soon a notable figure in the modern Russian musical life. It was Utkin’s historical breakthrough which introduced oboe as a solo instrument on the world stage. In critics’ opinion he «transformed oboe, an instrument of the background, into the hero of wonderful events».
Having courageously started to perform all solo compositions created for oboe, he began expanding the range of the instrument and its’ potentialities at the expense of the special arrangements for oboe. The performance of compositions by Antonio Pasculli became the bright example of Utkin’s musical virtuosity. Today the compositions by Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, Mozart, Richard Strauss, Shostakovitch and Britten are all in the musician’s repertoire. Performing original works for the oboe, Alexey Utkin also expanded the range and potentialities of the instrument thanks to special arrangements for the instrument and today his repertoire as a soloist comprises numerous compositions from Bach and Vivaldi to Britten and Penderecki. Alexey has played at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Concertgebouw, Academia Santa Cecilia, Champs Elysees Theatre, Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Auditorio Nacionale (Madrid), Hercules-Saal (Munich), Beethovenhalle (Bonn), where he is frequently invited to perform with most famous ensembles.
Many of his solo programs won attention of recording companies, RCA-BMG (Classics Red Label) is one of them. Concerts by Bach for oboe and oboe d’amour, works by Rossini, Pasculli, Vivaldi, Salieri, and also compositions by Penderecki are among the recordings.
As a soloist Alexey Utkin performed with such famous musicians as Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Eliso Virsaladze, Alexander Rudin, Nikolai Petrov, Valery Popov, Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Elena Obraztsova and many other stars of the classical stage, he also cooperated with famous drama actors – Alexander Filippenko, Mikhail Kozakov, Alexander Sokolov.
In 2016 Aleksei Utkin was awarded the Moscow Award in Literature and the Arts in the category of “Musical Art” for his contribution to the development of Russian music and the popularization of classical music at concert platforms in Moscow. Alexey Utkin is also currently the director of the State Chamber Orchestra of Russia, besides performing traditional concerts in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Great Conservatory Hall, the “Philharmonic-2” Hall, the Chamber Philharmonic Hall, and the Gnesin Concert Hall, taking part in a series of concerts entitled “Stars of World Opera in Moscow”