“Brilliant talent!” – with these words Shapovalov was characterized by famous Mstislav Rostropovich.Denis Shapovalov is set apart from the majority of gifted cellists with his fine and penetrating comprehension of the works he performs, his razor-sharp technique, and his incredibly expressive and lofty interpretation.Shapovalov won recognition for his exceptional musical gift at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, taking the 1st prize and the gold medal as the unanimous choice of the jury.Born to a musical family in the town of Tchaikovsky in 1974, Shapovalov started his cello lessons at age 7. He made his solo debut with an orchestra at age 11.In 1995 he was honored with the award “Best Hope” at the International Chamber Music Competition in Australia. Two years later he became a recipient of the Rostropovich Charity Foundation scholarship.After his victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition Shapovalov continued his studies under Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya at the post-graduate course of the Moscow State Conservatory.At the age of 26 Shapovalov became the youngest teacher of the Moscow Conservatory. He is often invited to give master-classes in Russia and abroad as a touring professor.For his American debut, he gave a successful performance at the World Cello Congress in Baltimore in June, 2000. September 2001 was highlighted for Shapovalov with a victory at the Web Concert Hall International Competition held in New York. The young cellist has participated in numerous international festivals in Russia, France, Italy, Germany, the USA, Japan, and China.Maestro Rostropovich distinguished Shapovalov among all Russian cellists and many times invited him to perform together with different orchestras in Russia, Great Britain and USA, as well as to participate in Rostropovich’s festivals in Azerbaijan and France. Shapovalov was the only cellist who performed in the concert series celebrating Rostropovich’s 75th birthday in New York and London along with outstanding musicians – M.Vengerov, E.Kissin, M.Argerich, Yu.Bashmet.In 2003 was released a CD “Cello Masterpieces”, recorded on a famous Russian Label “Melodiya”. In 2005 Shapovalov was awarded a prize of the “Russian Performing Arts” Foundation.In addition, Shapovalov collaborates with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the chamber orchestra “Moscow Virtuosi”, the chamber orchestra “Moscow Soloists”, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St-Petersburg Philharmony, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and chamber orchestra, and the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra.He works under such distinguished conductors as Lorin Maazel, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Vladimir Fedosseev, Yutaka Sado, Yoel Levi, Andrew Litton, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Valery Poliansky, Thomas Sanderling, Boguslaw Dawidow, Julian Gallant, Marc Kissoczy, and Jonathan Brett. His music partners are Rodion Schedrin, Vadim Repin, Nikolai Znaider, Graf Mourja, Olga Kern, Alexander Ljubimov, John Nakamatsu, Alexander Ghindin, Andreas Mustonen.Shapovalov’s performances are held in the world’s major concert halls – Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Munchner Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Center in London, UNESCO Conference Hall in Paris, Vaduzerzaal in Liechtenstein, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Beijing Concert Hall in Beijing, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.Shapovalov has appeared in several radio and televised concert broadcasts recorded by Russian State TV/Radio company “Culture”, Bayerische Rundfunk, Radio France, NY Public Radio, Bayern Klassik, Das Erste ARD, Mezzo, NHK. In 2004-06 he studied conducting at the Moscow State Conservatory and since 2005 he started his career as a conductor performing with different Russian orchestras.Shapovalov is an active participant of different contemporary music projects. Many works by modern composers are dedicated to the musician. In 2006 Denis initiated a competition for young Russian composers “CelloVek”, which was supported by several organizations and was held at the Moscow State Conservatory. In December 2007 was released a CD with the pieces – competition winners.In 2006 Shapovalov made an exclusive program of his own compositions with electric instruments, showing the different abilities of cello, playing in different styles – from classic to rock, impressionism to light music. The premiere of the multi-media show “Night Streets” based on this program won great success at the Moscow Biennale of contemporary performing Arts in March 2007.The end of April 2007 was highlighted with his appearance in Arctic – Shapovalov became a first classical musician, who performed a solo concert at the North Pole.In December 2007 Shapovalov got an invitation to perform at the 1st Rostropovich International Festival in Azerbaijan.In March 2008 Denis initiated a project “Tribute to Rostropovich”, dedicated to Maestro’s 81st birthday. Together with remarkable conductor Christian Badea Denis Shapovalov gave two concerts – in Moscow with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and in St-Petersburg with the Academic Symphony Orchestra. Both at the Moscow State Conservatory and at the St-Petersburg Philharmony the audience rose in long hearty applause for the performances.In August 2008 Shapovalov gave very successful performances at the festivals in Palanga nad Kaunas with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra where he appeared as a soloist and as a conductor.In November 2008 was released a conceptual album of Shapovalov’s music “Above the Earth”, where he plays cello, keyboards, electro and bass guitars.In 2009 Denis had successful performances in South Korea, Finland and Spain.In May 2009 Shapovalov was applauded by the President of Greece Karolos Papoulias during the cellist’s Greek tournee.The legend of Greek contemporary music Mikis Theodorakis admired Shapovalov’s interpretation of his famous Rhapsody for cello and the Orchestra.A CD “Tribute to Rostropovich” recently recorded with Chamber orchestra “Moscow Virtuosi” under Saulus Sondetskis will be released in 2009.
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