19 April 2020
Honoured Artist of Russia
Svetlana Berezhnaya graduated from the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music in piano and from the Kazan State Zhiganov Conservatoire, also completing a post-graduate study in organ and harpsichord. Trained as an organist at the Brabant Konservatorium (The Netherlands). In 1992, she was a diploma-recipient at the Northern Palmyra international festival, in 1996 she took 1st prize at the All-Russian Organ Competition, and in 2000 she was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of Russia.
Has appeared at renowned concert halls and cathedrals throughout the world, among them the Great and Small Halls of the Moscow State Conservatoire, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Great Hall of the St Petersburg State Philharmonic, the Smetana Hall in Prague, the St Petersburg State Cappella and cathedrals in Moscow, Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Freiburg, New York, The Hague and Graz among other cities.
Has recorded sixteen CDs on the Pyotr Kondrashin Classical Records label, among them Romantic Organ (1997), Popular Organ (1999), Romantics of the Past Millennium (2002), The Organ – Relaxation Music (2002), Mysteries of the Russian Soul (2006), The Gates to the Rainbow (2007), Music of Light (2007), Bach-Fest (2014), VIVAldi (2014), Keyboard-Gala (2015), Duo Dancing in the Clouds (2015-2016), Mozartiana (2016), and Vienna – A Classic of a Dream (2016).
The year 2008 saw the release of Berezhnaya's disc Serene (Quartzmusic), in 2013 came a disc recorded at Notre Dame de Paris during a concert marking the cathedral’s eight hundred and fiftieth anniversary, while in 2015 came a disc together with the Menestrelli early music ensemble Marking 350 Years of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Berezhnaya regularly appears with such ensembles as the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Shostakovich Philharmonic, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the North Caucasus State Safonov Philharmonic, the State Hermitage Orchestra, the Amadeus chamber orchestra, the Krasnodar Chamber Orchestra, the Russian Partes chamber chorus and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Berezhnaya's stage partners include Sergei Roldugin, Denis Matsuev, Maxim Fedotov, Andrei Diev, Alexander Trostyansky, Graf Murja, Polina Osetinskaya, Mikhail Petukhov, Victor Yampolsky, Mikhail Lidsky, Alexander Chernushenko, Vasily Petrenko, Thomas Straus, and Fabio Mastrangelo.
The musician is a jury member of various All-Russian and international organ and piano competitions. Currently she is General Director, Artistic Director, Pianist and Organist of the North Caucasus State Safonov Philharmonic. Berezhnaya initiated the installation of organs at the North Caucasus State Safonov Philharmonic’s halls in Kislovodsk and Yessentuki, as well as the foundation of the Safonov Philharmonic Choir, which went on to win prizes at various international competitions.
Berezhnaya regularly tours to towns and cities in Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, the USA and Canada among other countries.
Information for November 2018