Alexey Shabalin

Alexey Shabalin is a Professor of Music at Rhode Island College. He has been Artistic Director of the Rhode Island Youth Philharmonic Orchestras Since 2003. He also founded and conducts the Rhode Island Youth Soloists, a chamber orchestra of the top string players. In 2005, the Siemens Foundation appointed Shabalin as Artistic Director to select talented students from elite colleges around the country. He created a concert in New York City featuring an eclectic mix of pieces by these young performers. Currently, he is a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Shabalin graduated from Moscow Conservatory in 1995. As a student he won third prize in the Soviet national string quartet competition in 1991. During the same year he was a semifinalist in the International Shostakovich Chamber Music Competition. In 1995 he won the "Best Violinist in a Duet" category in the International Bashmet Competition in Moscow. From 1992 to 1996, Shabalin toured with the worldrenowned Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra. In recognition of his talent, he was allowed to perform on a priceless Stradivarius violin owned by the Russian government. He moved to the United States in 1996, and has since played in many orchestras and chamber groups.