Sergey Antonov (cello) , Russia
"The performance... of Sergey Antonov has become a true discovery... He is a musician whose artistic destiny seems to be outstanding".
Marina Borisova, Gazeta (20.05.2008)
The winner of the First Prize and the Gold Medal in the cello division of the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition (June 2007), Sergey Antonov is one of the youngest conquerors in the history thereof prestigious musical contest.
S. Antonov was born in 1983 in Moscow into a family of cellists and was musically educated at the Central Music School under the Moscow Conservatory (the class of M.Yu. Zhuravleva) and at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Professor N.N. Shakhovskaya (he finished his post graduate course with her as well). He also finished a post graduate course at the Longy School of Music (USA).
Sergey Antonov is the laureate of numerous international competitions: Sofia International Competition (Grand Prix, Bulgaria, 1995), Dotzauer Competition (2nd Prize, Germany, 1998), Swedish International Duo Competition (1st Prize, Katrineholm, 2003), International David Popper Competition in Budapest (2nd Prize, Hungary, 2004), and International Chamber Music Competition in New York (1st Prize, USA, 2007).
The young musician participated in master classes of Daniil Shafran and Mstislav Rostropovich and took part in Rostropovich international festivals. He used to receive the grants of Vladimir Spivakov and Mstislav Rostropovich Charity Foundations and N.Ya. Myaskovsky personal scholarship.
Sergey Antonov appears with Russian and European symphony orchestras and performs in the United States, Europe and Asia, frequently tours in the Russian cities, participates in numerous festivals and projects (festivals "Crescendo" and "Tribute to Rostropovich", the Moscow Philharmonic Society project "XXI Century Stars", etc).
In 2010-2011 seasons, the cellist performs in multitude cities of Russia (Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, Cheliabinsk, Ufa, St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Nizhni Novgorod, and Tambov). In Moscow he premieres two pieces for cello and orchestra: concert overture "Romeo and Juliet" (a version of P.I. Tchaikovsky same-name overture-fantasia), specially written for Sergey by a Moscow composer Andrei Mikita, and a concert for cello, chamber orchestra and tympani by a British composer John Tavener. Sergey Antonov will also give concerts in the United States, Asian countries, Sweden, Lithuania and, first ever, in Croatia with the well-known orchestra of Zagreb Philharmonic.
Sergey Antonov worked with a lot of prominent musicians, such as Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Bashmet, Yuri Simonov, Evgeni Bushkov, Jonathan Brett, David Geringas, Maxim Vengerov, Dora Schwartzsberg, plays in ensembles of the young stars of Russia - Ekaterina Mechetina, Nikita Borisoglebsky, and Vyacheslav Gryaznov.
He has recorded a CD with Rakhmaninov and Myaskovsky cello sonatas (with Pavel Raikerus, piano) for New Classica label and a CD with Shuman chamber works (with Ellina Blinder, piano).
In June 2007, Sergey Antonov concluded an exclusive contract with Moscow Philharmonic Society which is the musician's representative in the territory of Russia.