Hailed as “a brilliant cellist” by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, SERGEY ANTONOV went on to prove his mentor’s proclamation when he became one of the youngest cellists awarded the gold medal at the quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007. Born in Moscow to a musical family, he began his cello studies at the age of five at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, initially under the tutelage of his mother, Maria Zhuravleva, and went on to graduate from Moscow Conservatory having studied with Natalia Shakhovskaya, and chamber music with Alexander Bonduryansky. Mr. Antonov also worked with Grammy nominated cellist Terry King at the Longy School of Music. His repertoire embraces the full spectrum of cello concerti, solo works and chamber music from Bach and Handel to Prokofiev and Schnitke.
The Moscow Philharmony commissioned a concerto for him by Russian composer A. Mikita on the themes of the ballet “Romeo and Juliet,” which he performed in Russia with the Moscow Philharmonic, the Ekaterinburg Symphony, as well as Lithuania National Orchestra, to great acclaim. Recently Mr. Antonov Sergey has appeared as soloist with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo under the direction of Yan Pascal Tortelier, as well as numerous concerts in Russia. He continues to give recitals through the US, Europe and Japan with pianist Ilya Kazantsev. The duo is scheduled to record their first CD under the ALM recording label. Mr. Antonov has performed live in concert on Boston’s WGBH, and the Moscow Philharmonic’s “Stars of the 21st Century” series has been broadcast on Russian National Television. He lives in Boston with his wife and three-year-old son Noah. Mr. Antonov made his American debut at the Newport Music Festival in 2008.