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Experienced teachers, soloists of different orchestras and “St. Petersburg Opera” theater, laureates of international competitions and musical awards will provide you with a productive and busy schedule. You will also have a chance to play solo or with big St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Alexey Rubin.

PIANO

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.

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.

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.

ILYA IOFF

As soloist and ensemble musician, he has performed with such remarkable musicians as M.Argerich, M.Yansons, Y.Temirkanov, S.Stadler, A.Rudin, etc. in many European countries and in the United States. Among his awards are the Special Prize at the ARD Competition in Munich, Germany and the First Prize at the G.Viotti Competition in Vercelli, Italy. The very first season of his work with the DIVERTISSEMENT ensemble as its Artistic Director proved the obvious gift of Ilya Ioff in this area, too.  Apart from his performing activities, he teaches violin at the St.Petersburg Conservatory. In 2002, Ilya Ioff was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia.

ANNA SOKOLOVA

ANNA LAUKHINA

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.

Anna Laukhina is well known russian violinist, prize winner of several international violin competitions, professor of St-Petersburg State Conservatory. She worked with world known conductors: A.Kaz, A.Dmitriev, S.Sondezkis, V.Chernushenko, A. Paris, A.Veronesi, R.Shmidt, D.Pachitti. As the soloist Anna Laukhina made several concert tours in Europe: in Spain, Germany, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Holland. Also she was invited many times to Korea and China. Many of her students are prize winners of international violin competitions. She regularly gives master classes in Europe, China and Korea. 
 

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.

CELLO

ALEXEI MASSARSKY

He has participated in different Festivals in Japan, the USA, South Korea, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Finland, Poland, Lithuania and Denmark. He has collaborated with such famous musicians as I. Musin, V. Chernushenko, M. Jansons, D. Sondescis, J. Domarkas, M. Shostakovich, S. Stadler, T. Mynbaev, F. Mansurov, R. Martynov, A. Katz, K. Orbelian, A. Boreyko, V. Ziva, M. Argerich and others. As a soloist he has concerted with Deutsche Radio Orchester, Opernhaus Zürich, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, State Capella, Moscow State Chamber Orchestra.He has realized more than 10 CDs. He graduated from the St.Petersburg State Concervatory in 1990 and since then he has been teaching in this Academy.

DMITRII KHRYCHEV

Dmitrii Khrychev is a prominent chamber and orchestral musician and soloist. In 1995 he formed the Nevsky String Quartet, with whom he was a prizewinner in seven international musical competitions, including the Dmitri Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition, and played until 2012. From 2006 to 2009 he performed as principal cellist and soloist with the Philharmonia of Nations Orchestra under Justus Frantz. He has been the cellist in the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009 (with artistic director and chief conductor Yuri Temirkanov) and principal cellist since 2011. Khrychev has performed as a soloist under Yuri Temirkanov, Nikolay Alekseev, Krzysztof Penderecki and Leo Kremer, among others.

ILYA IOFF

CLARINET

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).

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.

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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