Victoria Yagling (1946-2011) was born in Russia and lived in Finland since 1990. Her long career as a cellist served as an excellent accompaniment to the composition she began at an early age. For 11 years she was a cello student of Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory and Dmitry Kabalevsky and Tikhon Khrennikov taught her composition.
Yagling won the first prize in the Gaspar Cassadò Cello Competition and the following year the second prize in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition. Her solo engagements took her to countless countries. She has also taught at several international music courses and master classes and was often a jury member for international cello competitions.
Yagling’s three cello concertos are her main works. Her other orchestral works include Finnish Notebook, Lyrical Preludes and the Suite for Cello and String Orchestra. She also composed solo works (e.g. the Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 chosen as an obligatory piece for the 7th Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1982). Yagling wrote also vocal and chamber works, including two string quartets. Among her published works are the Autumn Diary for piano, Vocalise for cello and piano and Larghetto and Siciliana for cello and piano. Her expressive, romantically-orientated style is Russian in spirit and has grown out of the soil provided by Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Yagling’s works have been recorded on the Melodya label.
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2
Finnish Notebook / Suomalainen muistikirja
Lyrical Preludes, 1st Book
for string orchestra
str (and triangle in No. 10)
Lyrical Preludes, 2nd Book
for string orchestra and celesta
str (and celesta in nos 1,5 and 7)
Suite for Cello and String Orchestra
Suite for String Orchestra and Timpani
str (and timpani in nos. 6, 7 and 8)
Symphony Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
(Concerto No. 3 for Cello and Orchestra) (2001)