Sergey Slovachevsky (cello) , Russia
Sergei Slovachevsky was born in 1966 in St. Petersburg into a family of distinguished local musicians. He began music studies at age five. While still a student in the preparatory school of the local conservatory, he became popular for his already outstanding talent as a solo performer. In 1991, he concluded his first period of studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of St. Petersburg and went on a post-graduate course completed in 1993 on cello class, as well as under the prestigious guidance of such renowned cellists as Natalia Gutman and Mstislav Rostropovich. Sergey Slovachevsky was a teacher of cello class at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of St. Petersburg since 1991 till 1996.
Mr. Slovachevsky has been the recipient of several important prizes in Russia and abroad including First Prize at the 1988 «Karl Davidov» Pan-Russian Cello Competition, Special Prize at International Bayerische Rundfunk Competition (ARD), Munchen (1988), First Prize at the 1989 All-Union Cello Competition in Riga (Latvia), First Prize at the 1991 «Viotti» International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Italy.
Since 2003 till 2009 Sergei Slovachevsky was a Principal Cellist of Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic orchestra (Music director Maestro Yuri Temirkanov).
Mr. Slovachevsky's strong personality is rounded by an unparalleled virtuosity, a faultless technique, a brilliant temperament and the ability to draw an exceptionally warm sound from his instrument. These qualities earned him the recognition of some of the foremost musicians on the contemporary scene such as Yuri Temirkanov, Emil Tchakarov, Mariss Jansons, Norio Ohga, Rodion Shedrin, Semyon Bichkov, Pinkas Steinberg, Boris Tishenko, Daniil Shafran, Natalia Gutmann, Mstislav Rostropovich, Denis Matsuev, Emmanuel Ax and Maxim Shostakovich.
«I consider Sergei Slovachevsky a brilliantly talented musician. His performance of «Quadrille» from «Not Only Love», which I heard not long ago, was exquisite and expert. He perfectly controls the cello's extensive palette of colours», - Rodion Shchedrin.
«Sergei Slovachevsky is a vivid, deep and virtuoso musician who controls a sound of exceptional beauty. I consider him to be one of the most talented and foremost cellists of the new generation», - Mariss Yansons.
«Having a splendid cello sound, striking temperament and brilliant technique, Slovachevsky is one of the best Russia's cellists. His repertoire includes practically all works written for cello», - Yuri Temirkanov.
Mr. Slovachevsky appears regularly to audience and critical acclaim in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk and all the major centers in Russia as well as in foreign countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Finland, Poland, Turkey Canada, the United States and Japan. Countless have been his appearances as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the conduction of Maestro Temirkanov both in Russia and during various tours abroad. Recent appearances have included performances with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovač Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), National Academy Orchestra of Hamilton, chamber orchestra Virtuosi di Toronto, Canada, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Bari Chamber Orchestra. A prominent chamber musician, Mr. Slovachevsky is often heard with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Halls of St. Petersburg (Large and Small), appeared with outstanding pianist Emanuel Ax, Saint-Petersburg, 2005, has performed at the «December Evenings of Sviatoslav Richter» in Moscow, as well as abroad.
Sergey Slovachevsy has performed with the following conductors: Norio Ohga, Yoichiro Omachi, Yuri Temirkanov, Semyon Bichkov, Pinchas Steinberg, Maxim Shostakovich, Mariss Janssons, Pavel Kogan, Vladimir Verbitsky, Arnold Kats, Janos Kovacs, Vasilly Petrenko, Stephan Zanderling, Tomas Dausgaard, Terje Mikkelsen, Alexander Dmitriev, Saulus Sondetskis, Alberto Veronesi, Andrey Anikhanov, Nikolay Alexeev, Alexander Kantorov.
Firm OLYMPIA recorded CD with cello concert of Mikhail Nosyrev, 2001. He has produced acclaimed CD recordings of cello sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and all works of Schumann with pianists Igor Uriash, Saint-Petersburg Recording Studio Melodia, 2003. Firm Ongaku no Tomo (Japan) has published two CDs: Traditional Japanese melodies, 2002 and Classical Miniatures, 2003, Six Bach cello suites recorded on Saint-Petersburg Recording Studio Melodia, 2006; L. van Beethoven 5 cello sonates recorded on Saint-Petersburg Recording Studio Melodia, 2008.
Slovachevsky had acclaimed performances in Tokyo's Casals Hall, Suntory Hall, Opera City Hall, Orchard Hall (Tokyo), Aichi Hall (Nagoya) with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, MOMA San-Francisco, Petruccelli Theater in Bari (Italy), Chateau de Chailly (France), Westchester Conservatoire (New-York), Teatro di San Carlo (Naples), Teatro Massimo, Teatro Politeama (Palermo).
Slovachevky has performed recital at Festival Puccini of Torre del Lago (Italy). He is being a permanent guest artist of «Maggio della Musica» festival in Naples. His permormances include the following: Concert tour in Italy (Avellino, Bari) with Saint-Petersburg Philhamonic Orchestra, conductor A. Dmitriev (Dvorak cello concerto, h-moll, Tchaikovsky The Rococo Variations); biannual series of concerts with Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, conductor A.Veronesi (Palermo); permanent performances with Istanbul Symphonic Orchestra (Turkey) with cello concerts by Dvorak, Shumann, R. Strauss's Don Quixote; performed in front of Prince and Princess Akishino (Tokyo); recital in front of leaders of G-8 at the celebration of 300-anniversary of Saint-Petersburg, 2003; series of concerts and master classes in Taiwan; exclusive recital arranged for Ex-president of France Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, (Masseia di San Domenico, Italy); recital on Fasano Musica festival (Fasano, Italy) and many others.
Mr. Slovachevsky has mastered virtually the entire repertoire for cello and is just as happy to play the works of Baroque, Classical and Romantic composers, as he is to perform the boldest of avant-garde compositions. As the most promising cellist of his generation, Mr. Slovachevsky has been awarded a special prize for the performance of a cello Sonata by Alfred Schnittke, and is the dedicatee of the cello piece «Death of Little Hanno» which Petersburg's composer Sergei Banevich based on Thomas Mann's novel «Die Buddenbrocks».
Sergey Slovachevsky has opened his personal International Musical Festival named «Sergey Slovachevsky Project» in March 2007. He takes part in this Festival as conductor and cello soloist. Such celebrities as Dora Schwarzberg, Maxim Shostakovich, Lidia Baych, «Jass Trio» (Vienna) and many others were invited to participate in this project. Sergey Slovachevsky Project is a long-term project aimed to be a regular musical event with monthly performances. Festival is carried out on most famous musical halls of Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Sergey Slovachevsky is graduated as conductor from Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Art (professors Y. Simonov, V. Altshuler). He has conducted many concerts in Saint-Petersburg, many other cities of Russia and abroad (Austria, Italy, Israel, Finland). His repertoire includes Symphonies of Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Tschaykovsky, Prokofiev; Mozart's and Verdi Requiem's; Prokofiev's Cantata's «Ivan the Terrible» (soloist - famous drama artist A. Petrenko) and «Alexandr Nevsky», many operas etc.
Mr. Slovachevsky plays on a 1730 cello of the Italian master G.B. Zanoli.