Benjamin Izmajlov, a born Slovenian, is one of the successful musicians of his generation. He has accomplished himself as a concert violinist with more than 40 concerts per year and as an artistic director/producer of various successful music projects that cross borders and connect nations and cultures. He is also a composer, arranger and conductor of symphonic music and has many years of experience in sound engineering and studio producing.He is the founder of: International Academy Giuseppe Tartini, Slovenian Summer Academy of Music and Slovenian Diplomatic Concert, where internationally acknowledged classical artists perform and lecture young talented musicians. He gets invited as artistic director of music festivals, as jury member of music competitions and has provided many state events with various cultural programmes. Since 2012 he has been performing as guest soloist at the Moscow Philharmonics and is, together with his wife, the holder of the highest acknowledgment for foreigners for intercultural dialogue from the Russian Orthodox Church - the Medal of "Cyril and Methodius".
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. (Eleanor Roosevelt).
...and Music is a Great idea. It is for me a Universe of human achievments that combines probably all of the humanistic and science fields known, and a bit of humor as well. It evokes the best in people and crosses borders with the speed of mind, joyning everyone with their most sincere feelings. Thank you all that made it possible for me to bring some good music to people.
Benjamin Izmajlov finished his Master's with flying colors in 2009 as a concert violinist, professor and chamber musician at the famous Moscow State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky in Moscow wher he studied in the class of the legendary violinist and professor Marina Laursabovna Yashvili for eight years (in 2006 he graduated there as well). Before that his violin studies included classes with prof. Evgeniya Tchugaeva at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna and at the »Scoula di Perfezzionamento a Portogruaro, Italy« with prof. Pavel Vernikov, Elizaveta Gilels and Yulia Berinskaya. The secondary music school he finished in Ljubljana with prof. Voldja Balžalorsky and the music school in Izola / Koper with prof. Jože Horvat.
Benjamin Izmajlov attended many top level master classes as well where he worked with professors such as Grigoriy Zhislin, Tatiana Kolchanova (Glinka Quartet), Dmitri Shebalin (Borodin Quartet), Nina Kogan and many others.
Since 2012 he has been performing as guest soloist at the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic Society and is member of the Ensemble of Soloists of the Moscow Philharmonic "Madrigal". He has performed in many music festivals, his audience include heads of states and international diplomats as well.
He also regularly gives concerts and performs with many international musicians. Lately, he plays with pianists Gokhan Aybulus (Turkey) and Daria Tschaikowskaja (Germany/Russia). He palyed in many world known concert halls such as The Small and the Big Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as well as the Rachmaninov Hall, The Chamber and The Concert Hall of the Moscow Philharmonics, Santa Cecilia concert hall in Rome, Gallus Hall at Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Belgrade Sava center Big Hall and other places in Italy, Croatia, Spain, Austria, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic etc. Mr. Izmajlov also teaches at international master classes and is a member of intl. violin competitions.
As a producer, he debuted in 2007 with the best selling album "The Slavic Soul" where, together with his wife mezzo soprano Manca Izmajlova, recorded the first ever classical cross over project with songs from nine slavic countries. The platinum disk was awarded for both albums.
In 2008 a new album "The Slovene Heart" again hit the top marks and was chosen as the official present of Protocol of the Slovenian Government during the Slovenian Presidency to the EU in 2008.
In the same year, together with the Russian Symphonic Orchestra under the leadsership of Pavel Kogan, Benjamin and Manca Izmajlova opened the Moscow Festival with the "Slavic Soul" and were awarded with the "Cyrill and Method" medal from the Russian Ortodox Church for contributing and fostering intercultural relationship.
In 2010 a concert tour of the "Slavic Soul" with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography took them to Ljubljana - Cankarjev dom (2010), Belgrade – Sava Center (2011) and Moscow – Moscow Philhramonics (2012). Concerts were recorded by the National TVs and are still broadcasted nowadays. Further plans include other Europeans capitals.
Benjamin Izmajlov was many times art director of festivals and events and appointed for cultural program leadership at high level events - state and commercial ones. He is also the organizer and director of summer academies. His the director and co-founder of the Slovenian Summer Aceeny of Music. Before that he succesfully directed the Music Forum in Bled. He worked with renowned musicians such as Marina Yashvili, Natalia Gutman, Alexander Kagan, Moshe Aron Epstein, Alexander Buzlov, Roman Simovic, Ljuba Kazarnovskaya, Alviya Vandysheva, Alexander Suetin, Sergei Skripka, Alexandr Tchaikovsky, etc.
These works have been performed in many different known Music Halls such as the Concert Hall of the Moscow Philharmonics, The Gallus Hall of Cankarjev dom, Sava Centar Hall in Belgrade and many other stages.
From Lullabies for babies, video commercials, promo clips, electronic sounds, etc. to a full pop songs for different music festivals.