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2021 - The Year of Three Composers


2021 The Year of Three Composers - New Project

The program is dedicated to three great composers who would celebrate their anniversaries in 2001. This year, the famous Russian Sergei Prokofiev would have turned 130 years old. The renowned French composer Camille Saint-Saëns died in 1921, and in the same year, the important Armenian composer Arno Babajanian was born. Violinist Igor Ruhadze and pianist Vital Stahievitch have prepared an interesting program featuring the works of these three significant figures. During the concert, we will also tell about their lives, works, and aspirations.

Next to the concert, an exhibition will take place in the concert hall by the amateur artists of the Olga Meshkova Artlama Studio Almere. The students of the Art studio are asked to draw the melodies - the resulting exhibition is called “We draw music”. Before and after the concert, the paintings will be exhibited in the hall and the audience will get free catalog leaflets.

2d June Almere

19th September Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Special Thanks to Cultuurfonds Almere




Friday Night Classical Music Series with Igor Ruhadze as a warm and entertaining host. As an internationally acclaimed soloist, Igor has a vast network of top musicians who were all very eager to perform in his concert series. Our idea was to offer a complete social and culinary experience, give the audience this opportunity to treat themselves with a little luxury after a hard-working week — listen to beautiful music, share their impressions with friends and family, meet the musicians while enjoying the culinary wonders during the afterparty.

Because of the current situation with COVID-19 from January 2021 concert series will go on ONLINE on youtube,

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Muziekcafé Buitenhuis with Igor Ruhadze

 Sunday concerts in Almere Buiten Huis!  

In July Igor Ruhadze opened the first classical concerts- lecture in  Het Buitenhuis Almere Buiten. The first 1-hour concert with duo Igor&Elizabeth Ruhadze was successfully done and Igor Ruhadze continued in August/September with  more concert lectures:

30th of August- I.S.Bach- what we know about I.S.Bach and about his works for the violin

20th of September special guest Hawijch Elders super top violist will do the presentation of her new solo violin program“Van Barok tot Modern”,

27th September -  "DUO 2 Violins- Father&Daughter".Igor Ruhadze and his daughter  Elizabeth will come back to us with more pieces for 2 violins.

October 4th will be a special historical presentation concert “Historische fortepiano in ontwikkeling” door Alexander Pulyaev (fortepiano). Alexander will talk about historical pianoforte and will play on this instrument.


Speciall thanks to CULTUUR FONDS ALMERE and  STICHTING NORMA for full support.


Igor Ruhadze would like to sincerely thanks Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds for their enormous help, support and he sincerely grateful for the opportunity to play an online concert in Uilenburgersjoel Amsterdam last Sunday the 21st of June. You can watch on our FB page. We keep in touch ....

NEW Complete Leclair Violin Concertos

After their internationally acclaimed recordings of sonatas and concertos by Pietro Locatelli, Ensemble Violini Capricciosi and their founder/director Igor Ruhadze turn their attention to his most talented pupil, Jean-Marie Leclair.The stylish idiom and sensivity of this period string ensemble’s previous recordings for Brilliant Classics has won wide critical praise. Concerning their 5CD set of Locatelli’s Sonatas Opp. 8 & 12: ‘Brilliant’s collection should prove a most enjoyable, most entertaining, and, at times, moving experience… Strongly recommended, therefore, across the board’ (Fanfare, July 2013). ‘The Ensemble Violini Capricciosi, founded and led by Igor Ruhadze, who have bravely taken up the cause of performing the virtuoso violin repertory on period instruments, emerge from these recordings as fine advocates… The exuberant Op. 8 sonatas are here brilliantly and at times breathtakingly performed’ (Gramophone, December 2012).

 Violinist Igor Ruhadze was trained in his native Moscow as a virtuoso on the modern violin. However, his interest took him into early music, playing with different groups. His solid technique enables him to tackle the often fearful difficulties of Leclair’s music with ease, charm and brilliance. His ensemble Violini Capricciosi on original instruments, and follow the Historically Informed Performance Practice.

Locatelli Complete Edition

The first big project of the Foundation Violini Capricciosi was the Complete Locatelli recording.

Igor Ruhadze and his group Ensemble Violini Capricciosi have dedicated themselves to recording Locatelli’s works for some years now. Careful research along with a genuine enthusiasm for the overlooked composer’s works have led to a fine set of recordings, previously described by Gramophone as ‘brilliantly and at times breathtakingly performed’. The release also includes new recordings of the composer’s Concerti Grossi Opp. 1 & 7 and Introduzioni Teatrali Op.4, as well as the haunting Sinfonia funebre, a work to mark the death of an unknown woman in Rome. The vibrant playing of the Ensemble Violini Capricciosi is complemented by Musica ad Rhenum, led by highly acclaimed flautist Jed Wentz, who perform the Flute and Trio Sonatas. This release of 21CDs of listening pleasure represents excellent value for money; a compelling and masterful accomplishment just waiting to be enjoyed.

Biber Complete Violin Sonatas

The sonatas are played with aplomb by early music group Ensemble Violini Capricciosi, led from the front by soloist Igor Ruhadze.

The group has previously recorded the complete works by Locatelli for Brilliant Classics, another composer known for his virtuosic violin writing.

The set was praised by MusicWeb International as a 'major achievement', with Ruhadze lauded for his 'impressive tone'.


"I was impressed with Igor Ruhadze's survey of Locatelli's music, also for Brilliant Classics. It made me interested to see how he tackled Biber's sonatas. I am glad to say that, the playing of Igor Ruhadze and the Ensemble Violini Capricciosi is excellent, I particularly like the sound of Felicity Goodwin’s organ playing and the instrument itself. She also wrote a brief but informative booklet note. This is a useful set and one which I am happy to welcome onto my CD shelves. It may not be my first choice, especially in the Rosary Sonatas. Still, this set sits well next to my other recordings of this music, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to someone coming to this music anew and seeking an introduction to the world of Biber’s music. ."

Stuart Sillitoe