Russian cellist and conductor Alexander Rudin is noted for his involvement with early music and his work as the director of the Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra. Rudin attended the Gnessen Institute, where he studied with Lev Evgrafov and Yury Ponizovkin until 1983, and the Moscow Conservatory, where he graduated in 1989 in conducting under Dmitri Kitayenko. Rudin was a prize winner in several international cello competitions, such as the Concertino Praga Competition in Prague, the Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Gaspar Cassado Competition in Florence, and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. As a cello soloist, Rudin has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others. Rudin's training in the Romantic cello repertoire was conventional for the mid-20th century, though he engaged with the movement for historically informed performance and plays viola da gamba in concerts of Baroque music. A professor at the Moscow Conservatory, Rudin gives courses in chamber music, and he is also the music director at Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey.