About the agency
Edouard Miasnikov founded his own private artistic agency in 1992 to widen the cultural exchange between Russia and South Africa. The agency introduced the first Russian visiting conductors, soloist instrumentalists and chamber ensembles to South Africa including the Russian Folk Instrument Quartet SKAZ, Ensemble Baroque and The Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
He also brought The Moscow State Classical Ballet (1999), The Russian National Ballet (1998, 1999, 2002), The Bolshoi Ballet (2000, 2001), The Russian State Cuban Cossack Dance Company (2000, 2002, 2009) and the Souvenir Dance Company.
He also brought the Ice Revue from Moscow – Kaleidoscope (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006), Russian Chamber Ballet Moskva (2004), Stars of the Ballet Moscow (2005, 2006, 2008), Crown of the Russian Ballet (2007), Imperial Russian Ballet (2007, 2009), the Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre with Opera “Iolanta” (2008), the National Ballet of the Republic of Belarus (2008), State Saint Petersburg Male Ballet (2010) and other great performances.
In March 2009 the Festival of Russian Culture took place in South Africa. The organisers of the Festival included the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre and the Ministry of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa. The festival concerts from our Agency were a great success in the cities of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Our Agency currently prepares for a reciprocal visit of the dance company Africa Umoja to Russia, Republic of Belarus and Republic of Ukraine in the coming year and hopes for the support from the state organisations in this exciting venture.
Edouard Leonidovich Miasnikov Biography
Born on September 9th 1945, in the town of Serpuhov in the Moscow region, young Miasnikov started to learn to play the clarinet at the age of 11.
In 1967, while still a 3rd year student at the Gnessins State Pedagogical Institute of Music (under Professor Ivan Butiurski), Miasnikov started his professional career with the Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.
From 1970-1972, Miasnikov was the principal clarinettist of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Fhilarmonia. Under the baton of the famous Russian conductor Kyril Kondrachin, the musician’s final artistic formation took place.
For nearly 20 years (1972 – 1991) Miasnikov was the principal clarinettist of the world-famous Russian Bolshoi Theatre’s Symphony Orchestra.
For the last two decades, he performed as solo clarinettist, the entire opera and ballet repertoire in one of the world’s leading theatres.
Besides playing in the orchestra, the musician often performed solo and in ensemble programmes.
In 1978, with cellist Alexander Ivashkin, he established the Ensemble Soloists of the Bolshoi’s orchestra, which was then headed by the young talented conductor, Alexander Lazarev.
The soloists’ Ensemble played at many international festivals of contemporary music throughout Europe and America.
To his credit, Miasnikov has under his belt more than 20 recordings.
In 1988 Edouard Miasnikov was conferred with the title of “Honoured Artist of Russia”.
The clarinettist was fortunate to work with such outstanding Russian musicians and conductors as: Boris Khaikin, Kyril Kondrashin, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Eugene Svetlanov, Genadie Rojdestvenski, Yuri Temirkhanov, Dmitri Kitayenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Yuri Simonov and Alexander Lazarev.
Since 1991, Miasnikov has worked under contract in the Republic of South Africa as principal clarinettist with South Africa’s prestigious National Symphony Orchestra of the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation). He was also the principal clarinettist with the Transvaal Chamber Orchestra.
He frequently performs as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as with different chamber ensembles.
In 1992 the musician opened his own artists agency “Edouard Miasnikov Agency CC”, to widen the cultural exchange ties between Russia and South Africa.