9-17 July 2018

Alexander Sladkovsky

Alexander Sladkovsky —

The National artist of the Russian Federation, he graduated from the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Conservatory. The laureate of the III International competition of conductors named after S. S. Prokofiev. He made his conducting debut at the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Saint Petersburg Conservatory with the W. A. Mozart's opera "Cosi fan tutte". In 2001, Alexander Sladkovsky conducted a concert at the Hermitage Theatre in honor of Her Royal Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He was chief conductor of the Symphony orchestra of the St. Petersburg’s State Academic Capella. Assisted Maris Jansons and Mstislav Rostropovich. From 2006 to 2010, he was the conductor of "New Russia" State Symphony orchestra under Yury Bashmet. Since 2010 – Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra.

Over the seven years of his work in the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, he radically changed the situation, significantly raising the status of the orchestra in the musical life of the Republic of Tatarstan and the whole country, expanding its palette of creative possibilities, effectively implementing in practice the latest formats of professional work at the international level. Concerts under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky in Tatarstan earned well-deserved recognition and they are sold out for every performance.

The main symphony orchestra of Tatarstan is a welcome guest on many regional and capitals’ scenes now. Sladkovsky and the orchestra is well known and valuable among such citied of Russia as Perm and Omsk, Tyumen and Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow. The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Sladkovsky became the first regional orchestra, which was recorded on the and Mezzo TV channels. In 2016, the orchestra for the first time gave concerts in the framework of the European tour in the Brucknerhaus (Linz) and in the Golden hall of Musikverein (Vienna).

Orchestras’ under Alexander Sladkovsky took part in large international and national projects and festivals, including “Musical Olympus”, “Petersburg’s musical spring”, the festival of Yuri Temirkanov “Square of Arts”, “Cherry Orchard”, all-Russian competition of Opera singers by Irina Bogacheva, the festival "Rodion Shchedrin. Self-portrait" (2002), Young Euro Classic (Berlin), XII and XIII Easter festivals, Crescendo, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kunstfest-Weimar, Budapest Spring Festival 2006, the V Festival of symphonic orchestras of the world, XI Woerthersee Classics Festival (Klagenfurt, Austria), "La Folle Journêe au Japon ", the festival "Hibla Gerzmava invites", “Opera Apriori”, “Day of Russia in the World – Russian Day” (Victoria hall, Geneva) and others.

Alexander Sladkovsky has performed in concerts with well-known Russian and foreign performers, such as D. Matsuev, Y. Bashmet, M. Pletnev, B. Berezovsky, B. Douglas, N. Lugansky, K. Penderecki, R. Buchbinder, A. Toradze, E. Mechetina, K. Bashmet, V. Tretiakov, G. Kremer, V. Repin, V. Gluzman, N. Znaider, L. Kavakos, Y. Rachlin, S. Krylov, A. Baeva, D. Sitkovetsky, D. Geringas, A. Knyazev, M. Brunello, A. Rudin, A. Meneses, M. Caballe, I. Bogacheva, O. Borodina, H. Gerzmava, S. Kermes, L. Kazarnovskaya, A. Shagimuratova, Sumi Cho, D. Alieva, R. Alagna, P. Domingo, D. Hvorostovsky, K. Stoyanova, V. Gerello, I. Abdrazakov, S. Nakariakov, I. Fedorov, A. Ogrintchouk, M. Follet, P. Milyukov, L. Debargue and others.

In the season 2013/2014 he was invited with Rachmaninov’s anniversary concerts to work with the National Academy Santa Cecilia orchestra (Rome), and then immediately received a proposal to participate in the season with concerts of Tchaikovsky's music. As a guest conductor, he has also collaborated with the orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi theatre of Russia, the State Academic Symphony orchestra of Russia, the Russian National orchestra, the Honoured ensemble of Russia of Academic Symphony orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Symphony orchestra, the National Philharmonic orchestra of Russia, the Symphonica-Siciliana orchestra (Italy), the Dresden Philharmonic orchestra, the Symphony orchestras of Lower Saxony and of the Budapest National Opera, orchestra of the Opera house in são Paulo (Brazil), orchestras of the Moscow, Novosibirsk and Belgrade Philharmonics, Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Academy Santa Cecilia orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra, Monte Carlo Philharmonic orchestra, the Concerto Budapest Symphony orchestra (Hungary). From 2001 to 2005, he was the chief conductor of the joint project of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the St. Petersburg Conservatory "National Student Symphony orchestra of Russia", composed of students and postgraduates of Saint-Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Saratov conservatoires.

Alexander Sladkovsky is the founder and the Artistic Director of the seven festivals in Kazan: “Rakhlin Seasons”, “White Lilac”, “Kazan Autumn”, “Concordia”, “Denis Matsuev meets Friends”, “Creative Discovery” and “Miras”. In 2012, Alexander Sladkovsky recorded the Tatarstan composers’ music anthology and the album "Enlightenment" on the SonyMusic label and on the RCA Red Seal Records label.

In April 2014, the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Sladkovsky took part in the concert in the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris, where was held the ceremony of awarding the title of goodwill Ambassador to Denis Matsuev. In May of the same year, in the concert hall of the Tokyo forum center, it was the first time to be heard of musicians from the Middle Volga. In the season 2014/15 Alexander Sladkovsky and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia – in the framework of the anniversary concert dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Crescendo festival, and in Saint-Petersburg, which hosted the first tour series of three recitals at the hall "Mariinka–3".

Alexander Sladkovsky – artist of the international Agency IMG Artists. In June 2015, he was awarded with the commemorative medal of "Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov", in October 2015, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov awarded the order of "Duslyk"-"Friendship" to Alexander Sladkovsky. In 2016, implemented several global music projects jointly with the record company "Melody": recording of the three symphonies of Gustav Mahler, as well as recording all of the symphonies and instrumental concerts of Shostakovich. In 2016, Alexander Sladkovsky was awarded the prize "Conductor of the Year" by the national newspaper "Muzikalnie sezoni" and "Person of the Year in Culture," according to the magazine "Delovoi kvartal" and the online newspaper "Business Online".

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