Alexander Sladkovsky

Russian conductor, People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Sladkovsky graduated from the Moscow and Saint Petersburg conservatories. He is a winner of the III International Prokofiev Competition. In 2001, he conducted in a concert at the Hermitage Theater in honor of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He assisted Maris Jansons and Mstislav Rostropovich and from 2006 to 2010 he was a conductor of the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yuri Bashmet. Since 2010 Alexander Sladkovsky is an Artistic Director and a Chief Conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra in the city of Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia), which he transformed into one of the finest orchestras in Russia.

Working with the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra for nine years, he has significantly enhanced the status of the orchestra in the musical life of the Republic of Tatarstan and the whole country. He expanded range of its creative capacities, effectively putting into practice the latest formats of professional work of international level. Concerts featuring TNSO under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky are very popular in Tatarstan, and every performance is usually sold out. Perm, Omsk, Tyumen, Irkutsk, Saint Petersburg and Moscow are among those Russian cities, where Sladkovsky and his orchestra are known and appreciated.

The TNSO under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky is the first Russian regional orchestra recorded by and Mezzo channels. In 2016, for the first time in the orchestra’s history it gave concerts during a European tour in the Brucknerhaus (Linz) and in the Golden Hall of Musikverein (Vienna). In December 2018, the TNSO and Maestro Alexander Sladkovsky made the first tour in China and in 2014 (Japan) and 2019 (France) the orchestra conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky performed at the La folle journée festival. One of the concerts of this festival in Nantes in 2019 was recorded and broadcasted by ARTE.

Orchestras under Alexander Sladkovsky took part in various important national and international projects and festivals, such as Musical Olympus, Musical spring, Yuri Temirkanov Arts Square festival, Wild Cherry Forest, All-Russian Irina Bogacheva opera singers competition, Rodion Shchedrin. A Self-Portrait festival (held in 2002 for the 70th anniversary of the composer), the Young Euro Classic festival (Berlin), XII and XIII Easter festivals, the Crescendo festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik festival, the Kunstfest-Weimar, the Budapest Spring festival 2006, V Festival of the World's Symphony Orchestras, XI Woerthersee Classics Festival (Klagenfurt, Austria), Hibla Gerzmava Invites… festival, Opera Apriori International Festival of Vocal Music, Russian Day in the World (Victoria Hall, Geneva), International Tchaikovsky Arts Festival in Klin, the International Festival of Piano Music La Roque d'Anteron (France), La folle journée in Japan and in France and others.

Alexander Sladkovsky collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as D. Matsuev, Y. Bashmet, M. Pletnev, R. Honeck, K. Penderecki, R. Buchbinder, B. Berezovsky, B. Douglas, Y. Yokoyama, N. Lugansky, A. Toradze, E. Mechetina, K. Bashmet, V. Tretiakov, R. Capuçon, J.-Y. Thibaudet, G. Kremer, V. Repin, V. Gluzman, N. Znaider, F. Dumont, L. Kavakos, J. Rachlin, P. Tsukerman, S. Krylov, A. Baeva, D. Sitkovetsky, D. Geringas, A. Knyazev, M. Brunello, A. Rudin, M. Kabalye, I. Bogacheva, O. Borodina, H. Gerzmava, S. Kermes, A. Shagimuratova, A. Garifullina, D. Alieva, Sumi Jo, R. Alagna, P. Domingo, D. Hvorostovsky, I. Abdrazakov, L. Debarg and the others.

In October 2013 Maestro Sladkovsky was invited by Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct works of Rachmaninoff during the 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 Bolshoi Theatre, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover, Orchestra of Theatro Municipal De São Paulo, orchestras of the Moscow, Novosibirsk and Belgrade Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Concerto Budapest Orchestra and Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Russo-German Music Academy Orchestra.

In April 2014, the TNSO under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky performed at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris at the ceremony, where Denis Matsuev was awarded with the title of “Ambassador of Good Will”. In the 2014/15 concert season, Alexander Sladkovsky with the TNSO performed at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia during the concert, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Crescendo festival, and in Saint Petersburg within the first orchestra’s subscription at the Mariinsky Concert Hall.

Alexander Sladkovsky is the founder and the artistic director of the Rakhlin Seasons, Miras, White Lilac, Kazan Autumn, Concordia, Denis Matsuev Meets Friends and Creative Discovery festivals. In 2012 Sony Music and RCA Red Seal released a three CD album entitled “Anthology of music by composers of Tatarstan” and a CD “Enlightenment”. In 2016 in cooperation with the Melodiya record label several global musical projects were realized: the recording of three symphonies of G. Mahler (Nos. 1, 5, 9) and also recordings of all symphonies and concertos of D. Shostakovich. In spring 2020 recordings of all Tchaikovsky's symphonies and concertos will be released by the Sony Classical label.

The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky is currently the first and only regional orchestra that has been honored to have its own annual subscription in the Moscow State Philharmonic Society.

In June 2015 Maestro Sladkovsky was awarded the medal of the commemorative badge “Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov”, and in October 2015, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov presented him the order Duslyk (Friendship) In 2016, Alexander Sladkovsky was awarded the prize “Conductor of the Year” by the national newspaper The Musical Review and “Person of the Year in Culture”, according to the magazine Delovoi kvartal and the online newspaper Business Online.

In 2019, Alexander Sladkovsky has been awarded the Sergei Rachmaninov International Award in the nomination "Special Project in the Name of Sergei Rachmaninov" for special attention to his legacy and organizing the Sergei Rachmaninov International Festival "White Lilac" in Kazan. In the autumn of 2019, Alexander Sladkovsky established an annual scholarship at the Moscow Conservatory for students of Opera and Symphony Conducting Division aimed at supporting and developing the talent of young conductors.