official biography - 2016-17 season
"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 the 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 programs feature Sergio and Odair Assad, Boris Berezovsky and other international stars in solo, chamber and orchestral performances, including Russian and world premieres of new guitar repertoire, all of which are streamed online. Last year’s 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.
Artyom Dervoed uses D’Addario strings and is the first Russian classical guitarist endorsed by Yamaha.
1995, Moscow (Russia), «Young Musicians» International competition — 1st prize;
1996, Belgorod (Russia), All-Russian competition — 1st prize;
1999, Carpentras (France), International competition dedicated to Leo Brouwer — 1st prize;
2004, Cherepovets (Russia), «Cup of North» International competition — 1st prize;
2004, Ile de Re (France), International competition — 1st prize;
2006, Alessandria (Italy), «Michele Pittaluga» 39th International competition — 1st prize;
2006, Singapore, International competition — 1st prize;
2007 “Golden Guitar” prize of the International Guitar Convention in Alessandria (Italy) in the Best Up-and-Coming Guitarist category;
2009, Toledo (Spain), «H.R.H. Princess Cristina» 18th International guitar competition – 1st prize.
2010, Buffalo (NY, USA), JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition – 1st prize.
2010, Boston (MA, USA), Boston GuitarFest International competition – 1st prize.
2010, Iserlohn (Germany), International guitar competition – 1st prize.
2011, Netanya (Israel), International guitar competition – 1st prize.
2012, Columbia (SC, USA), Southern Guitar Festival & Competition – 1st prize.
2012, Taipei (Taiwan), Taiwan International guitar competition – 1st prize.
2012, Pisa (Italy), «Stefano Strata – Città di Pisa» International competition – 1st prize.
2013, Moscow (Russia), Alexander Frauchi International competition – 1st prize.
2016, ICMA Best Solo Performance Award nomination in the “Solo Instruments” category
Select orchestral collaborations:
Russian National Orchestra & Mikhail Pletnev, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia & Vladimir Spivakov, Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Pavel Kogan's Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Bashmet's State Symphony Orchestra "Novaya Rossiya", Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra (Russia); Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra, Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra, Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Köln, Amadeus Kammerorchester Dortmund, Ensemble del Arte (Germany); Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (USA); Roma Philharmonic Orchestra, Vivaldi Philharmonic Orchestra (Italy); Beer-Sheva Simfonietta Orchestra (Israel).
Select press quotes:
“Soft touch and virtuosic creative energy.” Neuburger Rundschau
“First class performance to be recommended to any chamber music lover.” Donau Kurier
“He has real musicianship and real presence. He has a wonderful look, with an intense demeanor […] Dervoed's tone was dashing and authoritative […] Every note he played was distinct and intended, but at the same time his playing sounded spontaneous. Dervoed's final notes, plucked out against a shimmer of strings, were magical.” New Classical Music Critic
“He captured the aromas and flavors of the compositions and seemed also to have done some digging into their emotional substance […] Rodrigo’s Three Spanish Pieces gave the visitor a sweeping range of technical issues to solve. Not only did Dervoed solve them, but he infused this arresting and intuitive music with generous personal spirit […] The recital ended with an exacting and expressively detailed Sonata for Guitar by Turina, which allowed Dervoed to re-reveal his prodigious finger dexterity and elevated musical sensitivity.” Herald Times Online