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Alexander Sladkovsky (born 20 October 1965, Taganrog, Russia) is the chief conductor and artistic director of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra and has received the title of People's Artist of Russia. He graduated from Moscow and St.Petersburg conservatories. The orchestra was the first to be recorded by Medici.tv and Mezzo TV. From 2013, Sladkovsky is signed to Sony Music Entertainment Russia.
Sladkovsky is an artistic director and chief conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, Honored Artist of Russia (2005), People's Artist of Russia (2016), Ambassador of the Universiade-2013 and a chief conductor of 2013 Summer Universiade's opening and closing ceremonies, laureate of the III International Prokofiev Competition (1999), the Composer of the Year in Russia according to Musical Review newspaper (2011), winner of the Philanthropist of the Year prize (2011), Philanthropist of the Year (2013), laureate of the Oleg Yankovsky Creative Discovery 2011—2012 Award, a member of the State Cultural policy Board of the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly.
Sladkovsky is awarded the medal In Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Saint Petersburg, the medal of the commemorative badge Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and the order Duslyk (Friendship).
Sladkovsky was born in 1965 in Taganrog to a family of musicians. His mother was a pianist and father is a clarinet player. He studied at the Tchaikovsky music school in Taganrog (class of N. I. Bortsova). At the age of 10 he moved to Moscow, where graduated from Moscow Military Music College as a trumpeter and Moscow State Conservatory (Military conducting department). He then graduated from Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (class of professor V. A. Chernushenko). He made his conducting debut with Mozart's Così fan tutte in 1997 that was a production of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In two years he became a laureate of the III International Prokofiev Competition.
Sladkovsky was the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella (1997–2003), and the chief conductor of the State Opera and Ballet Theater of the St. Petersburg Conservatory (2001–2003). In 2005 he was invited by Mariss Jansons as an assistant for the production of the opera Carmen by G. Bizet, and in 2006 M. Rostropovich invited him to participate in the production of the program Unknown Mussorgsky (both productions were at the St. Petersburg Conservatory).
Sladkovsky was a chief conductor of the Saint Petersburg Court Chapel (2004–2006), and the conductor of the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra (2006–2010). From 2001 to 2005 he was a chief conductor of the National Students' Symphony Orchestra (a joint project of the Ministry of Culture of Russia and the St. Petersburg Conservatory), whose members were students and postgraduate students of St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Saratov conservatories.
In May 2001, in the Hermitage Theater, he conducted in a concert in honor of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and also conducted in concerts in honor of President V. Putin of the Russian Federation, President of the USSR M. Gorbachev, President B. Clinton and George W. Bush.
In the concert season of 2013/2014 Alexander Sladkovsky was invited to the National Academy of Santa Cecilia (Rome) to conduct at Rachmaninoff anniversary concerts. After that he immediately received an offer to conduct in the season the Tchaikovsky's concertos as well.
As a guest conductor, he also performed with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the The State Academic Symphony Orchestra Evgeny Svetlanov, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Italy), the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lower Saxony Symphony Orchestra, orchestras of Moscow, Novosibirsk and the Belgrade Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera House, the Orchestra São Paulo's Opera House (Brazil), Polish orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia, the orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino theatre, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concerto Budapest Symphonic orchestra (Hungary).
In 2012 TNSO under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky recorded and released at Sony Music and RCA Red Seal the Anthology of Tatarstan Composers’ Music and the album Enlightment, which includes Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony and Rachmaninoff's The Isle of the Dead symphonic poem.
On 2 April 2014, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Denis Matsuev was designated as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Tatarstan National Symphony orchestra under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky took part in a concert at the award ceremony. In 2016 were held concerts within the context of the European tour in the Brucknerhaus (Linz) and in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein (Vienna) for the first time in the orchestra's history. In the same year Alexander Sladkovsky was named the Conductor of the Year by the newspaper Musical Review and the Person of the Year in Culture by the Business Quarter magazine and the online newspaper Business Online.
Alexander Sladkovsky is the first conductor with whom the outstanding pianist of our time Denis Matsuev performed all the piano concertos of S. Rachmaninoff.
In 2016 TNSO conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky undertook several global musical projects with the Melodiya record label: a recording of three symphonies by Gustav Mahler, and a recording of all symphonies and instrumental concertos by Dmitry Shostakovich.
Alexander Sladkovsky is a founder and an artistic director of seven music festivals in Kazan: International Rakhlin Seasons Festival, International Sergey Rachmaninoff White Lilac Music Festival, Kazan Autumn, Sofia Gubaydullina's festival of contemporary music Concordia, Denis Matsuev Meets Friends, Creative Discovery and Miras. Concerts of the first Denis Matsuev Meets Friends festival were shown on Medici.tv. A concert as part of the subscription Soloist Denis Matsuev (March 10, 2014) was recorded on the French television channel Mezzo.
Alexander Sladkovsky performed with many orchestras in major projects and festivals in Russia and around the world, including festivals Musical Olympus, Petersburg Musical Spring, Yuri Temirkanov's Arts Square festival, festivals Cherry Orchard, Rodion Shchedrin. Self-portrait, Young Euro Classic (Berlin), XII and XIII Easter Festivals, Crescendo, Stars on Baikal, Orenburg Seasons by Denis Matsuev, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kunstfest-Weimar, Budapest Spring Festival 2006, V Festival of the World's Symphony Orchestras, XI Woerthersee Classics Festival (Klagenfurt, Austria), La Folle Journée in Japan, festival Hibla Gerzmava Invites… , Opera Apriori International Festival of Vocal Music, Russian Day in the World (Victoria Hall, Geneva), International Tchaikovsky Arts Festival in Klin, The International Piano Festival La Roque d'Anthéron (France) and others.
Alexander Sladkovsky performed with famous Russian and foreign musicians, among them: D. Matsuev, Y. Bashmet, M. Pletnev, R. Buchbinder, B. Berezovsky, B. Douglas, Y. Yokoyama, N. Lugansky, A. Toradze, E. Mechetina, K. Bashmet, G. Kremer, V. Repin, N. Znaider, J. Rakhlin, P. Tsukerman, S. Krylov, A. Baeva, D. Sitkovetsky, D. Geringas, A. Knyazev, M. Brunello, A. Rudin, M. Kabalye, I. Bogacheva, O. Borodina, H. Gerzmava, A. Shagimuratova, A. Garifullina, D. Alieva, Sumi Jo, S. Kermes, A. Shagimuratova, D. Hvorostovsky, P. Domingo, R. Alagna, I. Abdrazakov, L. Debarg and the others.
He is an Honorary Doctor of UNESCO International Department of TISBI University of Management (Kazan, Russia), laureate of Beallur Kalam (Crystal Pen) contest in the Recognition nomination (2013); Top-35. The most prominent people of Kazan award winner, Actually Chief award of magazine Tatarstan winner.
Alexander Sladkovsky is Sony Music Entertainment Russia artist since 2013 and since November 2014 he is an AMC artist.
In 2019, Alexander Sladkovsky has been awarded the Sergei Rachmaninov International Award in the nomination "Special Project in the Name of Sergei Rachmaninov" for special attention to his legacy and organizing the Sergei Rachmaninov International Festival "White Lilac" in Kazan.
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