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Cello

Vladimir Slovachevsky

In the orchestra since 2022

Born in Saint Petersburg in 1991, he received his professional education at the Lyceum of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (1998–2005) and at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, class of Professor Stefan Kropfitsch (2006–2010). In 2012–2017 he worked as a concertmaster of the cello group in the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Kogan. Currently, he is a soloist of the Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonias, soloist and concertmaster of the Kremlin Orchestra in Moscow. Since 2018 he has been a soloist and an artist of the musicAeterna orchestra.

He took part in master classes by professors of the Moscow State Conservatory Natalia Shakhovskaya and Natalia Gutman, Professor Frans Helmerson (the Cologne University of Music and Dance), Arto Noras (Sibelius Academy in Helsinki).

Laureate of the international competitions: New Names in Moscow (I prize), the competition of the Garth Family Foundation (Germany/Russia, I Prize), International Alexander Glazunov Youth Music Competition Glazunov Youth Music Competition in Paris (I prize), Concert with Orchestra International Competition in Voronezh (I prize, grand prix), 8th International Osaka Musical Competition (Japan, 2007), Maria Yudina International Chamber Music Competition (2007). He was awarded grants from the foundations of Konstantin Orbelian, Vladimir Spivakov, Mstislav Rostropovich.

Since the age of 14, he has been performing in the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia with subscription solo concerts. In 2007, he made his debut in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia with a cello concerto by С. Saint-Saëns. The following season, he performed the First Cello Concerto by D. Shostakovich together with the Honoured Collective of Russia, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia (artistic director and chief conductor – Yuri Temirkanov).

In 2010, he made his solo debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus. He performs in the leading concert halls of Moscow – the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Moscow State Conservatory, the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre, House of Music, in the halls of the Moscow Kremlin. Together with Russian singer Irina Bogacheva he toured in Italy.

His repertoire is extensive and includes cello concertos by J. Haydn, L. Boccherini, J. S. Bach, C. Saint-Saëns, R. Schumann, Variations on a Rococo Theme by P. I. Tchaikovsky, D. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto № 1, L. van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, R. Strauss’s Don Quixote, and many others. He works closely with composer Alex Pryer. He plays the cello of the Italian master Lorenzo Storioni.

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOU WANTED TO DEDICATE YOURSELF TO MUSIC AS A PROFESSIONAL?
When I was three years old. My grandfather was the chief administrator of the Mariinsky Theatre. For my birthday, he brought me a miniature cello that looked like a toy. I grabbed a hold of it and never let go of it anymore. However, my future was probably predetermined. I descend from a family of musicians in the fifth generation - my parents were practising around the clock, both at night and in the morning. I lived to the sounds of music. I slept to the sounds of music.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
In music and specific works. While you are listening to them, different images originate in your imagination: these may be some sad or, conversely, funny stories from life. As we can see, one's life experience, interpreted through music, inspires further searches.
HOW TO BRING UP A MUSICIAN IN THE FAMILY? HOW TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?
I am convinced that music should be practised from childhood. It is similar to driving — the later you start, the harder it is.
APART FROM MUSIC, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I am keen on motorsport and cycling, I love racing and go in for swimming for pleasure. I like to interpret music in different ways, to make arrangements of music pieces.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN WORKING WITH MUSICAETERNA?
What makes the orchestra and the work in it special is certainly Teodor. He is like a magnet that unites both the orchestra and the choir. He is a totally magical person. That is why I have been dreaming of joining musicAeterna and I'm very happy that I work here.

musicAeterna orchestra events

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Paul Dessau
Guernica – Piano piece after Picasso

Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Piano Sonata ‘27. April 1945’

Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110 – ‘In memory of the victims of fascism and the war’

Alfred Schnittke
Requiem for solo voices, choir and chamber ensemble

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas – Opera in three acts on a libretto by Nahum Tate after Virgil’s epic poem Aeneis
(Concert Performance)

Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony No. 14 in G minor for soprano, bass and chamber orchestra op. 135

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Opera “Tristan and Isolde” (concert performance), 1859

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Opera “Tristan and Isolde” (concert performance), 1859