Mikhail Zemtsov +
Mikhail Zemtsov first took violin lessons from his mother Loudmila Levinson at the age of 5, later studying viola and composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He gained Soloist Diplomas with Distinction from ABRSM (GB, B. Dinerstein), Hochschuele fuer Musik in Hamburg (Germany,M. Nichetianu) and Maastricht Conservatory (Netherlands, M. Kugel).
Mikhail studied ochestral conducting with Juozas Domarkas, chief conductor of The National Orchestra of Lithuania. He also took conducting lessons and masterclasses with Lev Markiz, Neeme and Paavo Jarvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Lawrence Foster, Daniel Raiskin.
Mikhail Zemtsov has participated in numerous International Festivals in Europe, Far East and the Americas as chamber music partner to Bella Davidovitch, Boris Berezovsky Dmitri Sitkovetski, Sarah Chang, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin amongst others. He has recorded 6 chamber music CDs for Sony Masterworks, Tower Records, Deutche Welle. His Solo CD "The Last Rose of Summer" has been placed as number 2 among Top 50 of the TROS - Dutch Brodcast/TV Channel and it has got 9 points (exellent) in the main dutch recording magazin "LUISTER".
Zemtsov's solo appearances include performances with the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Lima Philharmonic, New World Chamber Orchestra,National Symphony of Mexico, Luxembourg Philharmonic (R.Strauss "Don Quixote" with Misha Maisky as cello soloist), Wiener Volksoper, Hamburger Symphoniker, Stavanger Symphon (Norway), The Hague Philharmonic (Netherlands) with the conductors Neeme Jarvi, Jaap van Zweden, Dmitri Kitajenko.
Mikhail plays in duo with the guitarist Enno Voorhorst (Duo Macondo). He founded Zemtsov Viola Quartet together with his wife Julia, brother Alexander and daughter Dana.
Mikhail Zemtsov is currently principal violist in The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra (Residentie Orkest, Holland) a position he has held since 2001.
Mikhail is a prizewinner of the first International Viola Competion (Vienna) and of the Elisa Meyer String Competion (Hamburg). In the last years he has been regularily invited as a jury member of International Competitions.
Mikhail Zemtsov is viola teacher at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Utrecht Conservatory. He is chief conductor of the Utrecht Conservatory Strings and Concerto Grosso Youth Orchestra in Rotterdam, he is also being regularely invited as a guest conductor. Every summer Mikhail is giving lessons of orchestral conducting to the choire conductors at the Kurt Thomas Course in Utrecht Conservatory.