ANTON MARTYNOV | VIOLIN
ANTON MARTYNOV is born in Moscow in 1969 to a family of physicists. He begins to play the piano at age of 3 and the violin 2 years later. At the age of 14, he studies at the Gnessine School of Music with Elena Malkina and Irina Svetlova, then continues at the Gnessine Academy with Vladimir Spivako and Valentin Berlinski, and then with Dora Schwarzberg in Brescia and Gigino Maestri in the Milan Conservatory. At 16 he begins to play as a soloist and a few years afterwards records Brahms’ Violin Concerto Op. 77, later broadcasted on ARTE channel.
At the age of 22 he moves to Italy where he is prizewinner of the Stresa International Competition and then to France where he joins the Anton Quartet, first as a violist (he learns to play the viola in three days) and as a violinist afterwards.
His versatility at playing various instruments (the violin, the piano, the viola, the harpsichord) and his fondness for composition leads him to conduct orchestras. In 2002, Marc Minkowski invites him to conduct and play the programmes on modern instruments with his Musiciens du Louvre of which Anton is leader from 2001 to 2005.
During the following three years, he devotes himself to the organ and discovers an incredibly rich repertoire, Bach’s Works notably, of which he later makes several transcriptions for string trio.
Taking up the violin again in 2009, his chamber music partners are now : Martha Argerich, Boris Berezovsky, Olli Mustonen, Håvard Gimse, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Michel Béroff, Roustem Saitkoulov, Denis Kozhukhin, Franck Braley, Victor Asunción, Elena Rozanova, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Akane Sakai, Ekaterina Derzhavina, Apostolos Palios, Natalia Morozova, Oleg Marchev, Denis Pascal, Pierre Reach, Alasdair Beatson, Ivry Gitlis (with whom he works as pianist as well), Vadim Repin, Jean-Marc Varjabedian, Michaël Guttman, Philippe Graffin, Tatiana Samuil, Gérard Caussé, Natalia Tchitch, Toby Hoffman, Andreas Brantelid, Xavier Phillips, Henri Demarquette, David Waterman, Vittorio Ceccanti, Leonardo Altino, Martti Rousi, Boris Andrianov, Diana Ligeti, Tatiana Vassilieva, Dyonissis Grammenos, David Guerrier, the Manfred Quartet and the Broz Trio.
Conductor and composer Federico Maria Sardelli dedicates his Violin Concerto to Anton and the recording of their collaboration in May 2013 receives 5 stars in the Diapason review.
He recently plays in the Madrid Auditorium with Martha Argerich, Vila-Seca Auditorium with Pierre Reach, Donizetti Theatre in Bergamo and The XXth Century Theatre in London. He is the guest at the festivals of Pietrasanta, Cortona, Ravenna, Kuhmo, Lugano, Villars, Venice, Saint-Nazaire, Recife, Lelystad, Calenzana, Athens, Bagnères de Bigorre, Novosibirsk and Montenegro and plays as a soloist with the Swiss Italian Orchestra (Lugano), the Apollo Ensemble (the Hague), the Recife Festival Orchestra, the Modo Antiquo (Florence), the Novossibirsk Philharmony Chamber Orchestra, the Paris Camerata, the Cantelli Orchestra (Milan), the Istanbul and Izmir Symphony Orchestras and conducts the latter five with an excellent reaction from the press.
As a versatile and nonstandard musician, Anton Martynov takes on a personal and singular repertoire that he enriches with his own compositions and transcriptions. His talent is hailed by the pianist Martha Argerich and the violinist Ivry Gitlis to whom he dedicates a Biographical Overture composed in 2012.
He is artistic director of the Rive Gauche Musique Concert Season in Paris which he founded in 2009 and plays a beautiful violin made by Nicolò Gagliano in 1732.
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Date: JUN 2015