Sunday October 14, 2018
Knox Presbyterian Church (3704 37th St SW)
"An outstanding figure." La Provence — Dimanche (France)
Universe Guitare (France) has famously dubbed Artyom Dervoed the “Tsar of the guitar”. This bold claim is backed by growing international demand, an active recording career, and no less than 16 first place awards in various international competitions. A regular guest on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Bunka Kaikan, and Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mr. Dervoed is among the most eminent champions of the classical guitar. Having mastered the entire standard orchestral, chamber and solo guitar literature, he is significantly expanding the existing repertoire through collaborations with leading composers, whose works he inspires, commissions and performs.
Mr. Dervoed fell in love with the guitar as a child and became the first Russian to win two of the most prestigious contests, Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition in Italy and Her Royal Highness Princess Cristina Competition in Spain. The international attention allowed him to focus on recording projects, including the album of new works by Russian composers, which was released worldwide on Naxos in 2008 and became one of the top ten bestselling chamber music records. “If your current budget runs to just a single item, make this the one,” advised the UK Classical Guitar Magazine. The following year, Mr. Dervoed recorded the music of the Cuban classical guitar legend Leo Brouwer. His latest release (Ghosts & Shadows, Melodia Records, 2015) representing a survey of the 500 years of Spanish music, was nominated for the ICMA Best Solo Performance Award in the “Solo Instruments” category.
A magnetic personality and a bona fide virtuoso, Mr. Dervoed has an active media profile in Russia. He is frequently invited to speak on TV and radio about the classical guitar, its historic significance, musical versatility and exciting future. The recent world premiere of Stephen Goss’s Guitar Concerto based on Paganini’s Grand Sonata for Guitar and Violin, with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, was nationally televised, reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers. A highly anticipated series of educational videos is slated for a social media release later this year. Mr. Dervoed is the head of the classical guitar department at the Bashmet Center in Moscow and teaches a select group of young players at the prestigious Gnesin Academy as well as the Moscow State University of Culture & Arts.
Mr. Dervoed is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the annual Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International Festival, presented by the Moscow Philharmonic at the Tchaikovsky Hall. Its solo, chamber and orchestral performances are streamed online and have featured major international stars including Sergio and Odair Assad, and Boris Berezovsky. The latter has recently collaborated with Mr. Dervoed on a program of classical and contemporary repertoire. XI Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International Festival opened with Mr. Dervoed’s performance of his own transcription of Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Mastrangelo.
Born in Southern Russia, Mr. Dervoed began his guitar studies with Sergey Annikov, Elena Svetozarova and Leonid Reznik. He later trained with Prof. Nikolay Komolyatov at the Schnittke Music College and Gnesin Academy in Moscow, Aniello Desiderio at the Koblenz Guitar Academy in Germany, and Oscar Ghiglia at Accademia Chigiana in Italy. Recognized as “a musician with a wide dynamic range, an intelligent and expressive phrasing, and a technical facility with no discernible limitations," (Editions Orphee, USA), he has received honorary scholarships from the City of Moscow, Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation, and the Russian Foundation for the Performing Arts.
“The Possessed”, Mr. Dervoed’s new recital program, is the centerpiece of the 2017/18 season. It is inspired by and dedicated to the great Maestro Niccolo Paganini and consists of original guitar works & transcriptions of Paganini own masterpieces such as the famous Grand Sonata and La Campanella, as well as works by other composers, which paid tribute to the Great Virtuoso including music written for Artyom Dervoed.
While Mr. Dervoed’s orchestral repertoire consists of no less than 30 concerti, he will focus on the following highlights in the coming season: his own transcription of the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major; The Carnival of Venice, a fantastic new concerto written for Artyom Dervoed only last year by the UK composer Stephen Goss (born 1964) and premiered at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall in March 2017; and the Paganini/Goss concerto for guitar and orchestra based on Paganini Grand Sonata. The featured works for solo guitar and string orchestra include Megaron, written by Russian composer Nikita Koshkin (born 1956), which is currently performed only by two soloists in the world including Artyom Dervoed; concerto Elegiaco for guitar, strings and percussion by Leo Brouwer (born 1939); and a transcription of J. S. Bach D Minor keyboard concerto.
Artyom Dervoed uses D’Addario strings and is the first Russian classical guitarist endorsed by Yamaha Music Russia.