Yuri Goloubev was born in Moscow, Russia in 1972 and graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1995. He won numerous awards and in 2002 became the youngest bass player ever in the history of both USSR and Russia to be awarded the prestigious title of Honoured Artist of Russia by President Putin. His professional career starts in 1990 “Ensemble XXI”, then the Bolshoi Opera, and from 1992-2004 he was Principal Bass in the world famed “Moscow Soloists” Chamber Orchestra with whom he recorded several CDs for SONY Classical and EMI..
In 2004 he decided to devote himself to jazz and moved to Italy and has since performed and recorded with many well known international jazz artists including Kenny Werner, Enrico Pieranunzi, Chihiro Yamanaka, Anne Ducros, Franco Ambrosetti, Paolo Fresu, Klaus Gesing, Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland, Rosario Giuliani, Iain Ballamy, Francesco Bearzatti, Benjamin Henocq, Manhu Roche, John Law, Asaf Sirkis, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Stan Sulzmann, Rick Margitza, Martin France, Julian Arguelles, Mike Serin, Bill Smith and has appeared at many international festivals such as Umbria Jazz (Italy), London Jazz Festival, Bangkok Jazz Festival, Jazzahead! (Germany), North Sea Jazz (Holland), Loulé Jazz Festival (Portugal), Brecon Festival of Jazz (UK), Perth Festival (Australia), Boheme Jazz (Russia), St. Petersburg Jazz Spring (Russia), Saalfelden Jazz Festival (Austria), Jazz Carnival (Ukraine) – to name just a few.
As a classical musician, Goloubev collaborated with some of the world’s most famous musicians – Gidon Kremer, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Barbara Hendricks, James Galway, Lynn Harrell, Thomas Quasthoff, Vladimir Spivakov, Maxim Vengerov and many others, appearing on the stages of a many great venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Musikverein (Vienna), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Royal Albert Hall (London), Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Sydney Opera House, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Megaro (Athens), Gewandhaus (Leipzig) and in such festivals as Bath Music Festival (UK), Omaggio a Roma (Italy), Casals Festival (Puerto Rico), Festival of Perth (Australia), Prestige de la Musique (France), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Hong Kong Festival of the Arts.
Yuri Goloubev’s playing is featured on over 80 albums. His latest album for the prestigious German label ACT is a duo with pianist Gwilym Simcock.