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Mariinksy Academy Prize Winners
Andrey Bondarenko – Baritone
Andrey was admitted to the Mariinsky Theatre Young Singers’ Academy in St Petersburg in 2007. Previously he attended the Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy in Kiev and the Kiev Conservatory and was a soloist of the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Society.
In 2008 he sang at the Mariinsky vocal master classes in Finland and toured with the Mariinsky Young Singers’ performing recitals with Larissa Gergieva in France and Switzerland, and has won the All-Russian Obukhova Vocal Competition.
Dmitry Demidchik – Baritone
In 2002 Dmitry left music college and entered the St Petersburg Conservatory. He joined the Mariinsky Young Singers’ Academy in 2005 and has already sung small parts on the Mariinsky stage.
He toured with the Mariinsky theatre in Kiev, Finland, Paris, Washington and Madrid and has taken part in master classes with renowned vocalists including Luciano Pavarotti. In 2008 he won 3rd prize at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of Young Opera singers in St Petersburg.
Maria Solovieva – Soprano
In 2005 Maria graduated with a Diploma of Excellence from the State Donezk Prokofiev Musical Academy in the Ukraine. She was invited to join the Mariinsky Young Singers’ Academy in 2006 after being awarded a special prize at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Vocal Competition in St Petersburg.
In 2008 she toured with Larissa Gergieva and the Young Singers’ Academy.
Eleonora Vindau – Soprano
Eleanora was invited to join the Young Singers’ Academy in 2007 after attending the Mariinsky vocal master classes in Finland. Previously, she attended the Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy in Kiev and the Kiev Conservatory.
Since October 2007 she has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy and participates in concerts and recitals with Larissa Gergieva and other young singers. In November 2008 year she took part in a concert in Japan under Leo Hussein singing Mozart arias.
Yuri Monchak - Bass
Yuri Monchak graduated from the Oginsk Academy of Music in 2001. He represented Belarussia in various German and French competitions in. Since 2002 Yuri has studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire.
In 2004 he joined the Young Singers' Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre and in the same year he made his debut in the part of Antonio in Mozart's opera 'Le Nozze di Figaro'. He toured with the Mariinsky Theatre's new productions of 'The Nose', 'The Players' by Shostakovich and Dargomizhsky's 'The Stone Guest' in Finland and Sweden.
Repertoire: Prince Gremin in the opera 'Eugenie Onegin' Tchaikovsky, Kochubey in the opera "Mazeppa"Tchaikovsky, René in the opera "Iolanta"Verdi, Philippe in "Don Carlos".
Angelina Bechkova graduated from the music school in Luga. From 2000 until 2004 she studied at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Music College. In 2004 Angelina became a student of the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire, joining the Young Singers' Academy of the Mariinsky theatre where she participated in the International Lisitian Competition. In 2005 she took part in the IV International Competitor of Elena Obraztsova.
Angelina performs at the concerts of the Academy and in new productions of the Mariinsky Theatre: Rossini's 'Il Viaggio a Reims' and Verdi's 'Rigoletto'
Natalia Grushko – Mezzo-soprano
Natalia graduated from the college of arts in Kirov as a conductor of chorus. She graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory (vocal department) in 2001 and worked as a soloist in the philharmonia of Nizhny Novgorod. In 2003 she was admitted to the Mariinsky Young Singers’ Academy.
Natalia’s awards include the Diploma in Balakirev vocal competition in Nizhny Novgorod, 2nd prize at the international vocal competition Belle Voce in Moscow and 3rd prize at the international vocal competition in Vladikavkaz.
Tatiana Mazur – Soprano
Tatiana graduated from the city’s musical college in 1997 and won the Grand Prix of Ekaterinburg young vocalists’ competition.
She entered the Mariinsky Academy in 2001 and performed at the Theatre in Dido and Aeneas, The Rhine Gold, and Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. She became a leader at the Placido Domingo international competition in Paris in 2002.
Yury Borshev – Baritone
Yury graduated from the Minsk Musical College in 2001, entered the vocal department of St Petersburg Conservatory and joined the Young Singers’ Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre.
His debut on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre took place in 2002 as Magician Tceilo in Prokofiev’s ‘The Love of Three Oranges’, followed by the production of Gianni Schicchi in 2003.
Anna Kiknadze – Mezzo
Anna sang principle roles in Tbilissi Opera Theatre prior to graduating from the Tbilissi State Conservatory and is a prize-winner of many international vocal competitions.
In 2000 Anna was admitted to the Mariinsky Young Singers’ Academy. In 2001 she debued at the Mariinsky Theatre as Polovtsian Girl in the opera Prince Igor. Since then she has performed Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dalila (Sampson and Dalila), Marquese Melibea (Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims), Mother (Stravinsky’s Marvra).
In Graz Opera (Austria) she sang Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Antonio (Cimarosa’s Cleopatra) – all at the Mariinsky Theatre. She has also appeared as Polina (The Queen of Spades) at the Munich States Opera and taken part in many international tours of the Mariinsky Opera to USA, Austria, Italy and the UK under Maestro Valery Gergiev, won first prize at the 10th Placido Domingo International Competition in Paris 2002 and tours consistently, performing solo recitals.
Sergei Vinogradsky – Tenor
Sergei entered the Glinka Choral College in 1986 and took part in numerous concerts in Russia, USA, Germany, England and elsewhere with the Boys’ Chorus of the State Academic Cappella.
In 1997 he won a diploma at the Dvorak Young Singers’ Competition, Czech Republic and followed this by entering the St Petersburg Conservatoire the following year. In 2000 he was accepted into the Young Singers’ Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre and has given concerts with Larissa Gergieva.
Additionally, he has performed in the Armory Chamber of Moscow Kremlin as well as in England, Finland and Germany and has also participated in the Academy concerts at the Mariinsky Theatre. In 2000 he participated in the master-class ‘Sibelius Romances’ in Finland and won third prize in the Rimsky-Korsakov Competition for Singers in St Petersburg.
Ilya Bannik - Bass
Upon graduating from St Petersburg Conservatory, Ilya was admitted to the Mariinsky Young Singers’ Academy and became Ede and Ravenscroft’s first scholarship student.
He has taken part in many productions at the Mariinsky Theatre including Iolanta, Eugene Onegi, Prince Igor, Sadko, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maid Fevronia, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Jolie Fille de Perth, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflote, La Sonnambula, Semyon Kotko, The Snow Maiden in concert, Lucia di Lammermoor, War and Peace, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Viaggio a Reims, and La Bohème.
Ilya is a prize-winner of various international competitions and has performed as a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera at Covent Garden.
Svetlana Trifonova – Soprano
Having graduated from the Moscow Coservatoire in 1998, Svetlana made her stage debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in the role of the Queen of Shemakah in Le Coq d’Or.
She joined the Mariinsky Academy in 1999 and toured the UK, Italy and France with Larissa Gergieva. Graduating in 2001 she went on to join the Mariinsky Opera Company performing with great distinction in St Petersburg and overseas.
Ekaterina Semenchuk - Mezzo-Soprano
Ede and Ravenscroft has also supported Ekaterina Semenchuk and invited her to come and perform to selected audiences in the UK.
In 1995 Ekaterina entered the Byelorussia Music Academy, followed by the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire from which she graduated in 2001. She joined the Young Singers' Academy of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1999. Her awards include:
- The 'Hope' prize
- The 1999 prize for the best performance of a modern St Petersburg composer's work at the International Obraztsova Competition.
- First prize at the 4th International Rimsky-Korsakov Vocal Competition 2000.
A diplomat of the Placido Domingo International Competition (Los Angeles), in June 2001 Ekaterina was selected as one of the five finalists of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. In 2005 she won the first prize at the 1st all Russia Nadezhda Obukhova competition.
Ekaterina has toured with The Mariinsky Company in China, Europe and USA and has given recitals with Larissa Gergieva in St Petersburg and Moscow. She has also performed at the Wigmore Hall London, the Deutsche Opera Berlin, the Deutsche Staatsoper and in the cities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Tokyo, New York and San Francisco. Her roles have included Carmen (Philadelphia and Thatre Real, Madrid), and Charlotte in Werther (Graz Opera Warszawa).
Ekaterina had the honour to perform at the wedding of HRH The Prince of Wales and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles at St George's Chapel, Windsor.