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Svetlana Smolina

Pianist SVETLANA SMOLINA, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Some recent notable solo appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber and many other ensembles. 

A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Ms. Smolina has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl Festival in Los Angeles, Ravinia Rising Stars Festival in Chicago, White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Mikkeli Festival, Ruhr Festival, Easter Festival in Moscow, Rotterdam Phillips Gergiev Festival in Holland, International Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Festivale di Bologna, Michelangeli Festival in Brescia, Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam, The Voice of Music in Upper Galilee in Kfar Blum, Corfu and Samos Summer festivals in Greece, Philadelphia International Festival, Rock Hotel Piano Festival Series in NYC and many others. As recitalist she performed in prestigious halls such as Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory Hall, Mozarteum and Großen Saal in Salzburg, Merkin Hall in NYC, Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Lincoln Theater in Miami, NJPAC Hall in New Jersey, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Miller Theater at Columbia University, NYC, Vienna’s Sacher Hall, and many others.

Recent recordings and broadcasts include Stravinsky’s Les Noces (Valery Gergiev, conductor on Decca/Phillips and on Mariinsky Label which received ICMA award for Best Choral Work in 2011), a recording of solo Chopin Album for the Chopin iTunes Project, a recital with violinist Vadim Repin for Deutsche Grammophone in Berlin, Benjamin Britten Young Apollo live recording from Walt Disney Hall for BCM+D records and many broadcasts for NPR, BBC, PBS, RAI, Cultura TV and other networks.

Dr. Smolina is DMA graduate from the University of Michigan, a recipient of “ New Names” Scholarship program in Russia and has been a prizewinner of many international competitions, including Citta di Senigalia International Piano Competition (Italy), Kingsville International Piano Competition, Wideman Piano Competition and the Murray Dranoff International Duo Piano Competition in Miami, Florida. Svetlana‘s principal teachers include Alexander Toradze, Arthur Greene, Natalia Fisch, Evgeny Mogilevsky, and Monique Duphil. In the summer of 2011 Svetlana joined iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles, making her debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall with iPalpiti Orchestra (Eduard Schmieder, conductor) and in solo and chamber concerts, won Beverly Hills Auditions, worked as collaborative faculty at Mozarteum Summer Academy and was appointed as the Samuel Barber Artist -In-Residence at West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s School of Music in The College of Visual and Performing Arts

Since 2011 Svetlana joined the piano faculty at Philadelphia International Summer Festival.

Highlights of past year included recital on Horowitz Steinway at Steinway, DE and for the Crossover Show at WRTI–FM in Philadelphia, NYC recitals at Rotunda Hall at 57th St. Steinway and Merkin Hall, Greene Space Performance Center in NYC, at Barge Music NY, in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County in CA, at Tri-County Emerging Artist Concert Series, at WRTI-FM Radio Station, Live Connections Series at World Cafe Live! In Philadelphia, Powell Concert Series in Tennessee, Steinway Artist Series in PA and NJ, at Tribeca Film Festival in NY, concerto and solo appearances at iPalpiti International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles, Summit Festival, Philadelphia International Music Festival, Long Island Mozart Festival, NY, Beethoven Festival in Long Island with Chamber Players International and collaboration with Composer Concordance in NYC, performances in Ragusa, Sicily and with Nizhny- Novgorod Philharmonic in Russia. Current projects include recording of solo album at Cove City Sounds Studios, recording of Martin Matalon works for Naxos . recording of soundtrack for upcoming drama “ You are Not You” starring Hilary Swank and a tour with Russian European Orchestra in China in 2014.

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