15–25.08.2017 Astana, Kazakhstan

Alexander Sladkovsky

The vibrant Russian conductor Alexander Sladkovsky is acclaimed as an aristocrat under the new generation of Russian conductors. “His vivacious and genuine, at the same time thoughtful and deep music making, alongside the infectious energy, captures every audience.” (Belcanto.ru). Since 2010 he is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra in the city of Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia), which transformed into one of the finest orchestras in Russia. “It became an absolute necessity to talk about the “Kazan Miracle” created by maestro Sladkovsky and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. It is a unique and captivatingly successful story of recreating an orchestra, delicately yet powerfully bringing it up to the peaks of great performing art.” (Musical Life Magazine) In December 2016 Alexander Sladkovsky had a tour in Europe with the National Symphony Orchestra of Tatarstan, Denis Matsuev and Valentina Lisitsa, performances at the Bratislava Music Festival, the Vienna Musikverein, the Brucknerhaus Linz, Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Musical Theatre Basel. The performance in Musikverein was recorded by Mezzo channel and will be broadcasted worldwide from April 2017. In February 2017 Maestro Sladkovsky had a tour with Denis Matsuev and TNSO in Spain. The concert in Madrid was visited by the Queen of Spain Sofia.

Alexander Sladkovsky is the founder and Artistic Director of many different festivals in Kazan, such as the Rachmaninoff festival “White Lilac”, open air opera festival “Kazan Autumn”, “Denis Matsuev Meets Friends”, and Gubaidulina Festival “Concordia”.

In May 2001, Alexander Sladkovsky conducted a concert at the Hermitage Theatre in honour of Her Royal Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He also led concerts in honour of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, and the Presidents of the United States Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, wherein a concert was held during the festivities for St. Petersburg’s 300th Anniversary with President George W. Bush in attendance.

His recent highlights in the 2015-16 season were collaborations with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Sinfonia Varsovia, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Svetlanov Orchestra”, and a tour with the Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev and Gidon Kremer with concerts at the Philharmonie de Paris, Philharmonie Essen, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall Budapest and as the opening concert of the Schumann festival 2016 in Düsseldorf.

In October 2013 Sladkovsky was invited by Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct works by Rachmaninoff during the anniversary concerts dedicated to the composer. In the same season he was re-invited to conduct several concerts with a Tchaikovsky programme. Previous collaborations have included Bolshoi Theatre, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Svetlanov Orchestra”, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Russian Radio, National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover, Orchestra of Theatro Municipal De São Paulo, orchestras of the Moscow, Novosibirsk and Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and Concerto Budapest Orchestra.

Orchestras under Alexander Sladkovsky took part in various important national and international projects and festivals, such as the International Yuri Temirkanov “Arts Square” Festival, “Rodion Shchedrin. A Self-Portrait” Festival (held in 2002 for the 70th anniversary of the composer), the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, the Days of St. Petersburg Culture in Almaty with the stars of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Crescendo Festival in St. Petersburg, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Kunstfest-Weimar, the Budapest Spring Festival, and the XI Wörthersee Classics Festival in Klagenfurt, International project “Russian Day 2017” (Geneva, Victoria hall).

Alexander Sladkovsky collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Denis Matsuev, Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Pletnev, Boris Berezovsky, Barry Douglas, Nikolay Lugansky, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, David Geringas, Mario Brunello, Antonio Meneses, Montserrat Caballé, Hibla Gerzmava, Simone Kermes, Albina Shagimuratova, Sumi Jo, Placido Domingo, Krassimira Stoyanova, Roberto Alagna, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Sergei Nakaryakov, and Michael Volle, among others.

In 1999 Sladkovsky won the top prize at the III. International Prokofiev Competition. In 2003, he was a nominee for Russia’s Golden Soffit Award as Best Conductor of the Year, and in 2005, he became Honored Artist of Russia by the President’s decree. As of 2013, he is an ambassador for the Kazan University. In 2011, Alexander Sladkovsky was named Conductor of the Year in Russia by Musical Review Magazine and won the Philanthropist of the Year contest. Sladkovsky also received the Oleg Yankovsky “Creative Discovery 2011-12” Award. He was titled Doctor Honoris Causa by the UNESCO Chair of the University of Management TISBI (Kazan, Tatarstan) and selected as one of the «Top-35. The most famous people of Kazan».

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