Alexei Ogrintchouk doesn’t just have big lungs (it’s official!) and a big engaging smile, he also has an all-embracing approach to his musical life which he describes as a ‘permanent masterclass’. This short film encapsulates the clear focus and relish with which he plays out his many roles – as soloist, teacher, chamber musician and principal oboist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. BBT has helped nurture him in two more roles – as conductor/director and as a commissioner of new work. His passion for Bach obviously motivates his leadership of the celebrated Swedish Chamber Orchestra in a programme of concertante works for his first recital CD with BIS, while he also revels in the luxury of purely musical dialogue with his long time friend, violinist Alina Ibragimova, for the famous Double Concerto in C minor. He eagerly anticipates breathing life into a new concerto written for him by French composer Marc-André Dalbavie (world premiere 17 December 2010 in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra).