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NATALIA TRULL

In 1988 she started working at Moscow State Conservatory as piano Professor (from 2007 she has been working at the Special Piano Department directed by Professor V. Gornostaeva). Natalia Trull is a laureate of International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 1986, the 2nd Prize), Monte Carlo International Competition (Monaco, 1993, Grand Prix). She has performed practically with all the leading Russian and foreign orchestras such as: London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra, the Tonhalle orchestra Zurich, Switzerland), the Symphony orchestra of Monte-Carlo, (Santiago, Chile) and others.

PETER LAUL

Peter Laul work at Sankt-Petersburg State Conservatory as piano Professor. He has performed as a soloist with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous other Russian orchestras under the direction of conductors such as Maxim Shostakovich and Valery Gergiev. Peter Laul’s recital performances have taken him to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Halls, the Symphony Hall of the Mariinsky Theater, the Moscow Conservatory Halls, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, the Lincoln Center in New York and others.

REID SMITH

Dr. Reid Smith, a graduate of The Juilliard School, combines in his teaching the finest aspects of the German School (from Leonard Shure, assistant to Artur Schnabel) and the Russian School (from Sascha Gorodnitzki, Juilliard).  He has been on the faculty of festivals in France, Spain, Italy, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Mexico and has been on the jury of several international competitions.  He has several recordings, include the 27 Chopin Etudes, and he has taught piano at Juilliard, Kent State University, St. John's University, and the University of Minnesota.  Several of his students have won international piano competitions.  This will be his second time to the Grand Piano in Palace Festival.

ALEXANDER YAKOVLEV 

Is one of the most brilliant representatives of the Russian piano school. In 2010 he won the competition in the Japanese city of Takamatsu and made a concert tour throughout Japan. After that concert tour the magazine "Chopin" made a high appraisal of the pianist and called him as one of the most perspective musicians of his generation. Alexander is winner of more than 50 international piano competitions. Yakovlev has performed more than 500 concerts in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world including Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Victoria Hall in Geneva, and Carnegie Hall in New York.

XIE TONG

 

In 2016 he entered at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and study with Professor Ruvim Ostrovsky. In 2014, he was invited to the International Piano Festival “The Faces of a Modern Pianism” at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 2015, he was invited to participate in the Barber International Piano Festival in West Chester, USA, and he received the “Best Performance Award” from the West Chester Conservatory of Music. In October 2018, he won the first prize of the China-ASEAN International Piano Competition.

AlEXEY CHERNOV

He currently performs in concerts in Russia and Europe. He studied at the Central Special Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, taught by N. Rogal-Levitskaya and Natalia Troull. He graduated from the conservatory under Professor Natalia Troull and from the Royal College of Music in London in 2011 under Professor Vanessa Latarche. 
Chernov has taught piano at the Central Music School in Moscow since 2006.

DANIIL TSVETKOV

Daniil Tsvetkov was graduated from Central Musical School in 2003 and Moscow Conservatory in 2009, where he studied with famous Russian pianist, professor Natalia Trull. He  has performed at numerous music festivals and recitals dedicated to chamber music with young, Russian artists. Daniil has won 1st prize at both Almaty IPC in Kazakhstan (2006), “Spanish Composers” IPC (2007), Porto IPC (2007), Louisiana IPC (2009), Lleida Piano Competition (2010), Ferrol Piano Competition (2010), Florida IPC (2011) and Claudio Arrau Piano Competition in Chile (2012), and has collected more than ten other top three titles since 2004.

ANTONINA DRAGAN

Her relentless educational and performance work earned her the prestigious 2013 UANL Arts Award. She has taught master classes and conferences in United States (New York, Washington, DC), Mexico (Villahermosa, Tabasco, University of Colima, University of Durango), Germany (Dusseldorf) and Spain (Madrid, Granada, Toledo). She is Founder and President of the Jury of the Piano Competition "Young Virtuosos" which takes place annually in Monterrey, Mexico. Jury of the International Piano Competition in Madrid and New York.

VIOLIN

HAIK KAZAZIAN 

Haik Kazazian, one of the most perspective young violinists of his generation, studied with professor E. Gratch in Moscow Gnessin music school than in Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory and after graduation continued education at Royal College of Music in London. His concerts are held in such famous halls as Carnegie Hall in New York, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Barbican Hall and Wigmore Hall in London.

ALEJANDRO DRAGO

Hailed by music critics as “a superb musician”, Alejandro Drago’s discography includes string quartets, concertos and avant-garde tangos for EMI International and Naxos Music Library Japan. Presently he is the Music Director of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. Alejandro's awards include prizes in competitions in Italy, Yugoslavia and Argentina. He conducts masterclasses, seminars, lectures and lecture-recitals in Asia, Europe and the United States. He teaches and performs regularly in festivals in Latin America, the US and Europe. He has been a member of the jury a number of international competitions in Russia, China and the US

ANNA SOKOLOVA

LUIGI SFERRAZZA

Luigi Sferrazza concertmaster and principal conductor of Filarmonica Nissena, principal conductor of Kand Artistic Director of I Suoni Indiscreti in Italy. He conducted various orchestra in Italy and around the world: Orchestra Frescobaldi and Corale Filarmonica Pisana, Florence Sinphonietta, Festival Orchestra of Duchi D’Acqua Viva,” V. Bellini “ Symphonic Orchestra of the Palermo Conservatory, Rose Vienna Orchestra, Academie de la Toux, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicae Archi Ensemble, Baroque Orchestra of Palermo.

From 1997 to 2001 she was a soloist in international European orchestras (GMJO, UBS Verbierorchestra) under the direction of K. Abbado, J. Livain, S. Ozava, Yu. Temirkanova and others. She is active in participating in musical concerts.
Anna cooperates with charity foundations such as "New Peredvizhnichestvo", the Fund. V. Spivakova, Fund named after Y. Bashmet, Fund named after Y. Rozum, the Foundation "Art, Science and Sport", etc.
2015-Mentor participants in the television competition "Sinyaya ptitsa" Channel Russia 2.
2015 - Master classes at the Educational Center "SIRIUS" in Sochi.

MICHAEL UZHEGOV

Michael Uzhegov is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. During many years he was a soloist of the Philharmonic of Novgorod the Great. Now he is a soloist of the orchestra of the State Chamber Music Theatre "Saint-Petersburg Opera". Besides, in colaboration with other outstanding performers he takes part in different concerts, festivals, seminars, conferences, master-classes,successfully combining performing and pedagogical activities.

VANJA SKOKOVIC

Vanja is violin and chamber music profesor at Madrid Superior Conservatory Progreso Musical. Furthermore, she has an active career as performer. She plays as soloist in important venues such as the II Cordofonos International Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain. As well, Vanja gave masterclasses in Brazil, Greece and Spain. In 2018 together with the Andorra Soloists Opera Orchestra, they were awarded with the Ars Mediterranea International Gran Prix in the Spanish Music.

CLARINET

ILYA IOFF

RAUL TRAVER

Raul Traver is one of the most promising clarinetists of his generation. He has been awarded in fourteen international and national competitions since there, he established an international career combining the performances and the teaching around the world such as in Spain, United Kingdom, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, China, Mongolia, South Korea, Brazil and the United States. Committed to chamber music, he has been selected by the Artist Society and Performers of Spain performing multitude of concerts with the most eminent international artist through whole Spain and in different international tours. He has been jury member at “Enkor International Competition”, “Reino de Benasque” International Chamber Music Competition, Young Artist International Competition in Seoul, Korea, Silverstein Global Clarinet Competition.

He is one the Silverstein International Artist Pro Team.

ALEXANDER VASILYEV

Since 2004 he has been a permanent participant of the Gartow Stiftung Foundation programmes, performing as a soloist and chamber-music player in Alte Oper Frankfurt, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and other concert halls of Hamburg, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Koblenz, Rostock. Besides, in cooperation with the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, Saint-Petersburg Music House, he performs in the Kremlin, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Grand Hall. Concert activities with his piano partners Eugeny Sinaiskiy and Elena Serova have taken Alexander Vasilyev throughout Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Cyprus, France and the USA. In 2012 Alexander Vasilyev was invited to practice at St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Yury Temirkanov. Starting from 2016 Alexander Vasilyev holds position of assistant professor of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

VOCAL

IVANOVA LARISA

Ivanova Larisa graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. N. Rimsky-Korsakov in 1994, majoring in Opera and chamber singer, vocal teacher.

She has worked from 1993 until 2013 as a soloist-vocalist from at the Chamber music theatre "Saint Petersburg Opera". Laureate of international competitions. Pupils Ivanova L. are laureates of local and international contests and lead an active concert activity.

DMITRY KARPOV

In 1999, he joined the Mikhailovsky Opera Company. At the Theatre, he performed Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Ivan Lykov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Vladimir in Borodin’s Prince Igor and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème staged by Arnaud Bernard. Nowadays, at the Mikhailovsky Theatre he performs leading tenor parts in the operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

MARGARITA SLEPAKOVA

In season 2018/2019 she was granted a place in a prestigious Monteverdi Apprentices Programme under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner and will take a part in concerts and opera performances with Monteverdi Choir in UK and during European tours including venues in: Luzern (KKL), Vienna (Musikverein), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Munich (Gasteig), Budapest (Müpa), Luxembourg (Philharmonie), Rome (Sala Santa Cecilia) and others.  In 2019/2020 she will be performing with La Cetra Vokalensemble in Switzerland (Zurich Opera House).

ALEXANDER LUKYANOV

COMPOSITION

ALEXEY KHEVELEV

He have been touring as a composer and performer in Great Britain, in Canada, Finland, in Israel, in Ukraine, in Moscow State Conservatory. His symphony and chamber works have been performed in Rostov-on-Don and other cities of Russia. Alexey had been the grant holder in the nomination of composition of Rostropovich fund. Since 2003 Alexey have been teaching composition at the chair of piano at the Rachmaninoff State Conservatory.

ELENA IGOTTI

Elena Igotti is a member of the Russian Union of Composers, a laureate of the International Competitions (“Kawai Contest “Chicago, USA 2004, “Hopes, Talents, Masters “Dobrich, Bulgaria 2005). She graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory as a singer, composer and conductor and holds the highest degree, Post Graduate (class: Professor Slonimski). Her concerts have been warmly received by audiences in the USA, Germany, France, and Sweden.

AlEXEY CHERNOV

He currently performs in concerts in Russia and Europe. He studied at the Central Special Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, taught by N. Rogal-Levitskaya and Natalia Troull. He graduated from the conservatory under Professor Natalia Troull and from the Royal College of Music in London in 2011 under Professor Vanessa Latarche. 
Chernov has taught piano at the Central Music School in Moscow since 2006.

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