Yuri Bashmet is one of the world's greatest living violist.
Through his virtuosity, strength of personality and high intelligence, Yuri Bashmet has given the viola a new prominence in musical life. The pre-eminent viola player of the modern age, he has motivated the leading composers of our time to expand the repertoire with significant new music.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Count Johann Nicolaus Graf de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt) (b. 6 December 1929) is an Austrian conductor, particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the classical era and earlier.