Prayer for cello and orchestra
Sergey Roldugin – Artistic Director of the Saint Petersburg House of Music, People’s Artist of Russia, Professor. Graduated from Leningrad Conservatory (class of Professor A. Nikitin), undertook assistant in-depth training there as well. Since 1984 – first soloist-concertmaster of cellos at the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. Prize winner of the International Cellists’ Competition “Prague Spring” (III Prize and Bronze Medal, 1980). In 2003-2004 – rector of Saint Petersburg State Conservatory named after N. Rimsky-Korsakov. He gave concerts in the cities of Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Great Britain, Scotland, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovakia. Collaborated successfully with such conductors as A.Jansons, M.Jansons, S.Sondetskis, Y.Domarkas, A.Lazarev, V.Gergiev, M.Brabbinson, A.Paris, R.Melia, R.Martynov, G.Rinkyavichyus. Since 2006 Sergey Roldugin is Artistic Director of the Saint Petersburg House of Music. In 2004 started conducting activity. He performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and abroad as well – in Germany, Finland, and Japan. His wide solo and orchestra repertoire includes compositions of different epochs and styles. Has records on radio, television and on the Melodia label.
Honoured Artist of Russia Elena Mirtova graduated from Leningrad Conservatory named after N. Rimsky-Korsakov (class of Professor T.Novichenko). Prize winner of All-Russian Vocalists’ Competition named after M.Glinka (III Prize, Moscow, 1984). Prize winner of International Dvorak Competition (II Prize, Wroclaw, 1987). Prize winner of International Verdi Competition (I Prize, 1990). Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1989. Her repertoire: Marguerite (Faust), Domna Saburova (The Tsar’s Bride), Volkhova (Sadko), Pale Lady (The Gambler), Leonora (The Troubadour), Natasha Rostova (War and Peace), Violetta (Traviata), Iolanta (Iolanta), Priestess and Aida (Aida), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Elizabeth of Valois (Don Carlos), Rosina and Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Cio-Cio San (Madame Butterfly), The Cook (The Nightingale), Desdemona (Othello), Zemfira (Aleko), etc. Toured in Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Japan, Korea, France, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Finland, USA.
Alexander Zababurkin graduated from Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky (class of Professor N. Shahovskaya). Prize-winner of international competitions and festivals. With pianist M. Shatalkin he won the Chamber Ensembles Competition in Thessaloniki (Greece, 2005). In 2006 he received the 1 Prize and Special Prize “The Best Stringed Musician” at the Chamber Duets Competitions in Katrineholm (Sweden). He toured in Greece, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Canada, Brazil, etc.