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Arseny Shuplyakov was born in Leningrad in 1982. He graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatory (percussion class of Sergei Antoshkin, conducting class of Vladimir Altschuler).
Since 2000 he has appeared with the Mariinsky Orchestra (solo timpanist). In 2005 together with Vladislav Ivanov he formed the Renaissance Percussion ensemble. In 2005 and 2012 with the ensemble he was a prize-winner at the International Rachmaninoff Competition.
Since 2016 he has been a conductor of the Mariinsky Stage Wind Band. As a conductor he has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky New Music Ensemble, the Mariinsky Brass Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. In 2019, he conducted the orchestra during the final round of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (brass category).
In 2016–2018 he conducted several concerts of the Brass Evening at the Mariinsky series. At his initiative the Mariinsky Wind Ensemble was created in 2017.
In 2018 he was stage director and conductor of Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella and in 2019 of Jeu de cartes, both choreographed by Ilya Zhivoi.
His ballet repertory at the Mariinsky also includes Don Quixote, Sylvia, Diamonds, The Rite of Spring, Les Noces, Petrouchka, Apollo, Symphony in C, Marguerite and Armand, The Firebird, Le Spectre de la rose, Le Parc , The Legend of Love, Carmen Suite, Pierrot lunaire, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Infra, Concerto DSCH, Le Parc, Daphnis et Chloé, Clay, Le Bœuf sur le toit, Porcelain and Concerto for Contrabass, Schéhérazade, Violin Concerto No. 2, Push Comes to Shove, Renard, Mavra, The Fairy’s Kiss.
He also collaborates with Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet conducting its final graduation performances at the Mariinsky.