Serhiy Salov PIANO

Serhiy Salov was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. It's there that his vast musical training began, extending well beyond the technique of the piano to composition, improvisation, the multiple disciplines of musicology, as well as to language studies, a subject which provides another passionate outlet for his highly expressive nature. M. Salov gave his first public concert at age 11, playing Grieg's A minor concerto with the Ukrainian National Orchestra, and his first solo recital a year later at the Philharmonia Hall of Donetsk.

At age 15, Serhiy Salov left for Germany to study at the Freiburg Musik Hochschule with the great Michel Béroff. Having graduated, he then moved to London for another four years, to complete a masters at the famed Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

M. Salov has a broad and wide ranging performing experience (chamber music, piano solo or soloist with orchestra) and has performed with such outstanding conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Christopher Warren-Green, Lawrence Foster, Jacques Lacombe and Yannik Nezet-Seguin, and major orchestras like the Montreal, Salt Lake City, Hallé, Tokyo and Berlin Symphonies, l'Orchestre National de Radio France, the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Serhiy Salov's musical parcours is replete with awards and Prizes. Apart form academic recognition such as his Solo Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has garnered three international First Prizes on the piano competition circuit (Dudley 2000, Épinal 201 and Montréal 2004), one second (Gina Bachauer 2010) and three thirds (Long-Thibaud 2001, Hamamatsu 2003 and Tromso 2009), as well as Audience Prizes in Montreal and Tromso.

Fascinated by the dimension of a 20th century symphony orchestra, M. Salov has become an avid champion of arrangement for the solo piano of some of its seminal works. He is one of the very few pianists to arrange, interpret and record his own version of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring". Among his other arranged works are the solo piano version of the complete "Pétrouchka" ballet as well as that of Debussy's "Fêtes" and Poulenc's D minor piano concerto, originally written for two pianos.

Serhiy's first commercial CD, Shostakovich's circle (Analekta, 2007), showcasing the highly sophisticated albeit rarely performed piano concertos by the master's acolytes Galynin and Ustvolskaya, received the Prix Opus for best classical recording of the year. His most recent CD, The Sacred Spring of Slavs" (Analekta, 2010), was released to great public and critical acclaim, due in large part to M. Salov's glorious transcription of Stravinsky's aforementioned masterpiece.