Alexander Sladkovsky

Since 2010, the dynamic conductor Alexander Sladkovsky has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra (TNSO), based in Kazan, Russia. He previously worked as assistant to Mstislav Rostropovich and Mariss Jansons, among others, and was conductor of Yuri Bashmetʼs New Russia State Symphony from 2006 to 2010. In 1997 he made his debut with Mozartʼs “Così fan tutte” in a production of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky, the TNSO has established itself as one of Russiaʼs leading orchestras with an international reputation. Guest performances with the orchestra have taken him to Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Japan and China.


With various music formats for young musicians and charities, he has constantly expanded the range of modern orchestral work at the TNSO. In addition to concert recordings for the and Mezzo TV channels, he has made highly praised CD recordings for Sony Music and RCA Red Seal. His recordings of all of Shostakovichʼs symphonies and concertos, made in collaboration with the Melodiya label, have also attracted worldwide attention.


Alexander Sladkovsky stood at the podium of the leading Russian concert and opera houses in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk. As a guest conductor he has appeared with renowned orchestras such as the Orchestra dellʼAccademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Concerto Budapest Orchestra and Hungarian National Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and Hannover State Orchestra. In addition, he is regularly invited to prestigious festivals throughout Russia and has also appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Kunstfest Weimar, Young Euro Classic, Wörthersee Classics Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival, as well as “La Folle journée” and “La Roque dʼAnthéron” in both Japan and France.


In the course of his career Alexander Sladkovsky has worked with numerous outstanding artists of the Russian and international musical life, including Denis Matsuev, Mikhail Pletnev, Nikolay Lugansky, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Montserrat Caballé, Simone Kermes, Renaud Capuçon, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gidon Kremer, Daniel Müller-Schott or Mischa Maisky.


Alexander Sladkovsky is the founder and director of various festivals such as the “Rakhlin Seasons”, the Rachmaninov Festival “White Lilac”, the opera festival “Kazan Autumn”, “Denis Matsuev Meets Friends” or the festival of contemporary music “Concordia” dedicated to the composer Sofia Gubaidulina, all of which are among the outstanding events of regional and national cultural life.


In addition to the core repertoire and the emphasis on Russian instrumental and vocal music, his concert programmes also include works by contemporary composers such as Rodion Shchedrin, Gija Kancheli and Sofia Gubaidulina. He has intensively studied the music of Alexander Tchaikovsky and premiered for instance his Symphony No. 3. Alexander Sladkovsky enthusiastically supports young musicians and regularly commissions compositions which he integrates into his programmes.


Alexander Sladkovsky is a graduate of the renowned conservatories of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. He has been honoured many times for his artistic and social achievements. In 1999 he won the 3rd International Prokofiev Competition. In 2014 he was awarded with the title of “Ambassador of Good Will” of the UNESCO, in 2016 he was named “Conductor of the Year” by the national journal The Musical Review and in 2019 he received the Sergei Rachmaninov International Award. Alexander Sladkovsky has received the title of “Peopleʼs Artist of Russia”.

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