Vladislav Lavrik - trumpet, conductor
Vladislav Lavrik, one of the most talented musicians of his generation, is Russia’s finest trumpeter and a rising young conductor. Recognized for achievements in both classical and jazz performance styles, he was appointed principal trumpet of the Russian National Orchestra at the age of 19, the youngest person to hold a principal chair in the history of the orchestra. Now, he is also acting as an assistant conductor of the RNO.
Lavrik appeared as a soloist on the best stages in the world: Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Lincoln Theater (Napa), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), Palace des Beaux Arts (Brussels). He gave concerts in many countries: France, Italy, Germany, Holland, England, USA, Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, the United Arab Emirates, North and South Korea, etc.
In 2010 Lavrik achieved his conducting debut with the Russian National Orchestra at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. The 2013 Minnesota Beethoven Festival marks his American conducting debut, leading the RNO in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral). The same year Lavrik appeared as a conductor with Napa Valley Music Institute Symphony Orchestra presenting music by Respighi, Webern, Shostakovitch and Brahms. Lavrik has guest-conducted the leading orchestras of Russia, including the State Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra “New Russia”, Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Defence, Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra, Udmurtia Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra ”Musica viva” and others.
Born to a family of musicians, Lavrik’s early training included both piano and trumpet. After completing the Master’s Degree in trumpet performance at Moscow State Conservatory, he began the opera and symphonic conducting program at the Gnesin Academy of Music. His participation in lessons have included such teachers as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mark Elder, Kent Nagano, Horia Andreescu, Mark Stringer, Neeme Jarvi, Paavo Jarvi, Alfredo Naseda, Vladimir Jurovsky, Michail Pletnev, Teodor Currentsis.
Lavrik is an organizer and leader of brass music festivals, as well as a sought-after performer and conductor. He is founder and artistic director of the International Brass Days Festival at the Moscow Conservatory. In recent festivals Lavrik has premiered new arrangements of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, conducting a large brass and percussion ensemble in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. In 2013, he both conducted and performed in Washington and StPetersburg premiere performances of the children’s musical Hermitage Cats Save the Day composed by Chris Brubeck. During 2013-2014 Lavrik conducted several times opera Evgeny Onegin in Gnessin Academy Opera Series.
In December of 2013 Russian National Orchestra released a CD of Alexander Rosenblatt’s Alice in Wonderland with narrator Alexander Oleshko conducted by Vladislav Lavrik. In 2014 he was invited by maestro Kent Nagano to act as an assistant conductor for program with Montreal Symphony.
Vladislav was active participant in master-classes with Horia Andreescu and Mark Stringer in 2014 and Leonid Grin, Neeme and Paavo Jarvi in 2015.