Alexey Shatsky, Montenegro
Alexey Shatsky was born in Krasnodar into a family of musicians. At the age of seven he started his musical studies at the Central Secondary Special Musical School under the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory as a violin pupil and finished this stage of education with teacher Z.I. Makhtina. Then he received training at the Moscow Conservatory (1989-1995) in the class of People's Artist of Russia M.V. Fedotov.
Prior to graduation from the Conservatory, he was invited as a soloist to the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, founded by Edison Denisov under the Contemporary Music Association (Artistic Director - Yu. Kasparov). Appearing together with the ensemble, A. Shatsky took part in world premieres of works by A. Schnittke, S. Gubaidulina, E. Denisov, I. Xenakis and other composers; in festivals of contemporary music in Germany, France, Denmark, Switzerland and other countries as well as in recordings for Olympia and Harmonia Mundi labels.
Alexey has always been tireless in his creative research, and his interests in music expanded ceaselessly. This has eventually strengthened his willingness to become a conductor. In 1997, A. Shatsky founded the Gran Canaria Chamber Orchestra in Spain, and in the same year recorded as a conductor a CD consisting of Spanish composers' works.
In 1997-1999 he improved his conductor' skill under the guidance of George Hurst in Canford School of Music (United Kingdom) and took lessons at the St. Petersburg celebrated teaching conductor I.A. Musin. In 1999, the musician entered the postgraduate course of the St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (the class of Honored Arts Worker of Russia, Professor A.V. Alexeev), which he finished in 2001.
During the years of studies, A. Shatsky actively collaborated with St. Petersburg' young composers, whose works he used to perform and record with the symphony orchestra of the Opera Theater under the St. Petersburg Conservatory. At the same time, he continued cooperation with Spanish composers and orchestras. In April 2001, together with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic he recorded a CD for Spanish RALS label. In 2002, he was elected Honorary Member of PROMUSCAN (the Spanish society of composers and musicologists) for his outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of the Spanish music.
In 2002, Alexey Shatsky served as an assistant conductor in the International Youth Symphony Orchestra "Metro-Philharmonic", founded by Stenbeck Charity Foundation (Sweden).
In November 2002, A. Shatsky took the position of a conductor of the State Radio and TV Orchestra of the Russian State Musical TV and Radio Center. He first appeared at the conductor's stand there to replace the orchestra's Chief Conductor and Music Director, People's Artiste of Russia S.I. Politikov during a 20-day tour in Italy (soloists - Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Anastasia Chebotareva). Later the young conductor made several debuts with the same orchestra in Moscow on the stage of the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and P.I. Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. During the same period of time, Alexey also worked with other Russian musical ensembles, such as the symphony orchestras Russian Philharmonic and New Russia, Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Ulyanovsk Philharmonic and "Musica Viva" chamber orchestra. In November 2004, he made a debut on the stage of the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music.
2004-2006 seasons A. Shatsky worked as an assistant conductor of Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Music Director and Chief Conductor - Vladimir Fedoseev). In March 2005, he made a successful debut with the TSO on stage of the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music with Tchaikovsky' "Capriccio Italien", Alexander Arutiunian' Trumpet Concerto (soloist - Sergey Nakariakov), and Stravinsky' "The Rite of Spring".
Together with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra the young conductor performed Moscow's only monographic concert dedicated to the 125th anniversary of M.A. Balakirev, which was broadcasted live by Radio Orpheus as an event of the debate society Pro et Contra. The program included "Islamey" transcribed for orchestra by A. Casella, a suite from the music to the "King Lear" drama, and Balakirev' Second Symphony. During the 2005-2006 season, Alexey Shatsky took part in the Opening Concert of the Tenth Anniversary Festival "Guitar World" in Kaluga, where he conducted the Russian premiere of the concert "Poet" by one of the most well-know contemporary Spanish guitarists Vicente Amigo.
From the 2007-2008 seasons, Alexey Shatsky has been the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, recently founded at the initiative of the Government of Montenegro. At present, all cultural life of a new-born European country became related one way or another to that ensemble. The Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra performed in all major Montenegrin cities, as well as in Italy, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Under the Alexey Shatsky' leadership, the Orchestra took part in the production of the first national opera "Balkan Empress", performed in Cetin, Podgorica, and Sarajevo. The Orchestra has recently recorded its first CD. Over the past seasons, all outstanding soloists who visited Montenegro took part in the programs of the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra: Vladimir Ovchinikov, Goran Krivokapic, Roman Simovic, Christophor Miroshnikov, Nazar Kozhukhar, Grigory Krasko, Stefan Jess-Kropfitsch, Boštjan Lipovšek, and Ingomar Rainer. In 2010-2011 seasons, Emanuel Sasson, Tim Hugh, Marylin Frascone and others will perform with the Orchestra.