Svetlana Smolina


Svetlana Smolina has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Notable appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St.Petersburg, Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa, and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, and the New York Chamber. A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Svetlana has performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia Rising Stars, White Nights, Maggio Musicale, Mikkeli, Ruhr, Easter, Rotterdam Phillips Gergiev, International Gilmore, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Michelangeli, Hennessy Artists Series at the Hanoi Opera House, The Voice of Music in Upper Galilee, in Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Mozarteum, Merkin Hall, Kravis Center, NJPAC, Gulbenkian Foundation, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, and the Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome.

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

In the summer of 2011, Svetlana joined iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles, making her debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with iPalpiti Orchestra (Eduard Schmieder, conductor).

Since 2011, Svetlana has directed the piano program at the Philadelphia International Music Festival. In 2014-2015, Svetlana served as Artist in Residence at Temple University Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance, in the Department of Instrumental Studies.

In 2014, Svetlana won “Live on Stage” live showcases and was chosen as their only Classical Pianist Artist for the 2015-16 season. Svetlana was featured and gave an interview for Keyboard Magazine. Other collaborations include a series of concerts with Robert Davi and Dave Konig at Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater presented by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

In 2014-15 Vadim Repin gave a series of concerts/presentations with Svetlana at the residences of the Ambassador of Russia in Washington, D.C. and in London for Maestro Repin ‘s Trans-Siberian Art Festival. Their recital in March 2015 in Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada received astonishing critical acclaim. In July 2015 they performed a recital as part of “2015 – Russian Year in Monaco” in the Salle Garnier, Monte-Carlo Opera. This “Summer Dream” Gala evening was organized in aid of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

In 2015-16 season, Svetlana opened the season with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Juvenil in Lima, Peru, and was chosen as the soloist on the New Year tour to China with Dublin Philharmonic/Maestro Derek Gleeson performing Rachmaninoff Concerto in venues in seven cities, which included the Suzhou Grand Theater, Harbin New Opera House and Harbin Concert Hall, Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, Tianjin Grand Theater and in Changsha opening its new Concert Hall.

Highlights of 2016-2017 include performances and recordings at the inauguration year/opening of Tippet Rise Festival in Montana with Christopher O’ Riley; released a CD on Pentatone Oxingale Records in July 2017, which included duo recitals with Vadim Repin at Cartagena Music Festival in Teatro Colon, Bogota for “2017 Columbia- France Year”; in Bangalore, Mumbai India for XXV Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival; at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy; Carnegie Hall recital with Lee-Chin Siow; Sentosa World Theater in Singapore concert for International Women’s Day/Chinese Chamber of Commerce; tour with South Florida Symphony/Maestra Sebrina Alfonso in Florida; a winning showcase performance at Art Northwest Booking Conference in Tacoma, WA; and a recital in Buenos Aires, Argentina at CCK Symphony Hall for “The Best Pianists of the 21st Century “series.”

Highlights of spring 2018 include an opening-night concert at Navrasa Duende Global Carnival with Dublin Philharmonic on Nehru Stadium/New Delhi; a duo recital in Basel, Switzerland with Charlie Siem; performances with the Missouri Symphony and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony; masterclasses/workshops and concert tour in China for Winplus International; at the Varna International Summer Academy in Bulgaria; and at the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

Svetlana studied at Indiana University with Professor Alexander Toradze, at Balakirev Music College with Natalia Fish, at Oberlin Conservatory with Monique Duphil, and at the University of Michigan with Arthur Greene.

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