Adjunct Faculty, Bass, CSO Member, Music Department
Boris Astafiev is currently bassist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Born in Moscow, he studied cello and then switched to bass at Central Music School. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with renowned teacher, Dr. Evgeny Kolosov. At the age of 19, while still a student, Mr. Astafiev was the youngest person ever to join the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He also participated in many chamber groups, including "Moscow Soloists" under the direction of Yuri Bashmet. After moving to the United States in 1992, Mr. Astafiev studied at Juilliard with Eugene Levinson, Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic. In the US Mr. Astafiev has held the positions with the New World Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic and was Assistant Principal Bass with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Astafiev is an active chamber and solo musician. He is a regular guest on Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series and a member of concert:nova, an exploratory chamber ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary classical music. As a soloist, he has appeared with Cincinnati Symphony in a subscription concert performing Bottesini's 2nd Bass Concerto. Mr. Astafiev is prizewinner at the International Society of Bassists 1999 solo competition.