People’s Artist of Russia.
The vibrant Russian conductor Alexander Sladkovsky is acclaimed as an aristocrat among the new generation of Russian conductors. “His vivacious and genuine, and at the same time thoughtful and deep music-making, alongside his infectious energy, enraptures every audience” (belcanto.ru). Since 2010 he has been the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra in Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia), which has become transformed into one of the finest orchestras in Russia. “It became an absolute necessity to talk about the ‘Kazan Miracle’ created by maestro Sladkovsky and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. It is a unique and captivatingly successful story of recreating an orchestra, delicately yet powerfully bringing it up to the peaks of great performing art.” (Musical Life magazine)
Alexander Sladkovsky is the founder and Artistic Director of many different festivals in Kazan, such as the Rachmaninoff festival White Lilac, the open air opera festival Kazan Autumn, Denis Matsuev Meets His Friends, and the Gubaidulina Concordia festival. In May 2001, Alexander Sladkovsky conducted a concert at the Hermitage Theatre in honour of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands. He also led concerts in honour of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev and the Presidents of the United States Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, including a concert that was held during the festivities of St Petersburg’s tercentenary with President George W. Bush in attendance.
Recent highlights in the 2015-16 season include collaborations with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the State Academic Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia and the Russian National Orchestra among other ensembles.
In October 2013 Sladkovsky was invited by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct works by Rachmaninoff during anniversary concerts dedicated to the composer. In the same season he was re-invited to conduct several concerts with a Tchaikovsky programme. Previous collaborations have included engagements with the Bolshoi Theatre, the State Academic Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Russian National Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Russian Radio, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover, the Orchestra of the Theatro Municipal De São Paulo, orchestras of the Moscow, Novosibirsk and Belgrade Philharmonic Societies, the Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Concerto Budapest Orchestra.
Orchestras under Alexander Sladkovsky have taken part in various significant national and international projects and festivals, such as the International Yuri Temirkanov Arts Square Festival, Rodion Shchedrin. A Self-Portrait (held in 2002 to commemorate the composer’s 70th birthday), the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin, the Days of St Petersburg Culture in Almaty with stars of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Crescendo festival in St Petersburg, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Kunstfest-Weimar, the Budapest Spring Festival and the XI Wörthersee Classics Festival in Klagenfurt.
Alexander Sladkovsky has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Denis Matsuev, Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Pletnev, Boris Berezovsky, Barry Douglas, Nikolai Lugansky, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, David Geringas, Mario Brunello, Antonio Meneses, Montserrat Caballé, Hibla Gerzmava, Simone Kermes, Albina Shagimuratova, Sumi Jo, Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sergei Nakaryakov and Michael Volle among others.
His concert programmes cover an extensive repertoire of such contemporary composers as Rodion Shchedrin, Giya Kancheli and Sofia Gubaidulina. On various occasions, Sladkovsky has performed music by Alexander Tchaikovsky. In March 2003 he conducted the world premiere of Alexander Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 3 at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. Moreover, he enthusiastically focuses on commissioning and premiering pieces by several young Russian composers.
In 1999 Sladkovsky won the top prize at the III International Prokofiev Competition. In 2003, he was a nominee for Russia’s Golden Sofit award as Best Conductor of the Year, and in 2005 he became an Honoured Artist of Russia by presidential decree. As of 2013, he has been an ambassador for Kazan University. In 2011, Alexander Sladkovsky was named Conductor of the Year in Russia by Musical Review Magazine and won the Philanthropist of the Year contest. He is a member of the Council of State Cultural Policy under the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Sladkovsky has also received the Oleg Yankovsky Artistic Discovery 2011-12 award. He was titled Doctor Honoris Causa by the UNESCO Chair of the University of Management TISBI (Kazan, Tatarstan) and was selected as one of the “Top-35. The Most Famous People of Kazan”.
Alexander Sladkovsky graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire in 1988 and later from the St Petersburg Conservatoire in 2001. He made his conducting debut with Mozart’s Così fan tutte in 1997, a production of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St Petersburg Conservatoire. In the same year, he was invited to conduct the St Petersburg State Cappella Symphony Orchestra. An extensive and fruitful collaboration began, first as its Leader, and later as its Principal Conductor (1997-2006). Between 2001 and 2003, he also served as Principal Conductor of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St Petersburg Conservatoire, and between 2001 and 2005 of the Russian National Students’ Symphony Orchestra (a joint project of the Ministry of Culture of Russia and the St Petersburg Conservatoire), which consisted of conservatoire students from St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Saratov. In 2005 Sladkovsky was Assistant Conductor to maestro Mariss Jansons for a production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, and in 2006 to maestro Mstislav Rostropovich for The Unknown Musorgsky programme. From 2006 to 2010 he worked extensively with the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra under the tutelage of maestro Yuri Bashmet.
In 2012 SONY MUSIC and RCA Red Seal released a three CD album entitled The Anthology of Music where the recordings by Alexander Sladkovsky and his recently-formed orchestra, the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, showcased works by composers from the Republic of Tatarstan. A subsequent CD Enlightenment was recorded under the same music labels and was highly acclaimed by the press. It includes Tchaikovsky’s Manfred and Rachmaninoff’s The Isle of the Dead.
The concert Soloist Denis Matsuev was recorded by the Mezzo TV Channel in 2014 and was broadcasted worldwide. The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra was the first regional orchestra filmed by this international music channel.
Alexander Sladkovsky is represented worldwide by Natalja Slobodyreva at IMG Artists.