Grigori Yefimovich was born Zhislin on May 14, 1945, in Leningrad and died on May 2, 2017, in Berlin.
He was a Russian violinist and pedagogue.
Grigori Zhislin studied with Yuri Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory.
When he was the age of 22, Zhislin won the First Prize at the Paganini Competition in Genoa and the Silvermedal at the Queen Elizabeth Competition.
He repertoire contains concertos and recitals of all genres, for violin as well as for viola.
When he was a soloist, he appeared with the Leningrad/Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, State Symphony Orchestra, RRS (Mailand, Turin), RBC Orchestras (Australian), Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Vienna Symphonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Krakow Philharmonic, Stockholm Radio Orchestra.
Zhislin played under the conductors Herbert Blomstedt, Aldo Ceccato, Erik Klass, Karl Österreicher, Kirill Kondrashin, Dimitri Kitajenko, Alexander Lasarev, Arvid Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Woldemar Nelsson, Sauilus Sondeckis, Tadeusz Strugala, Natan Rachlin, Noeme Jarvi, Vladimir Fedosseyev.
Grigori Yefimovich passed away at 71 years old.