Alexander Sladkovsky

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra


The vibrant Russian conductor Alexander Sladkovsky is acclaimed as an aristocrat under the new generation of Russian conductors. “His vivacious and genuine, at the same time thoughtful and deep music making, alongside the infectious energy, captures every audience.” ( Since 2010 he is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra in the city of Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia), which transformed into one of the finest orchestras in Russia. “It became an absolute necessity to talk about the “Kazan Miracle” created by maestro Sladkovsky and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. It is a unique and captivatingly successful story of recreating an orchestra, delicately yet powerfully bringing it up to the peaks of great performing art.” (Musical Life Magazine).

Alexander Sladkovsky is the founder and Artistic Director of many different festivals in Kazan, such as the Rachmaninoff festival “White Lilac”, open air opera festival “Kazan Autumn”, “Denis Matsuev Meets Friends”, and Gubaidulina Festival “Concordia”.
In May 2001, Alexander Sladkovsky conducted a concert at the Hermitage Theatre in honour of Her Royal Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He also led concerts in honour of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, and the Presidents of the United States Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, wherein a concert was held during the festivities for St. Petersburg’s 300th Anniversary with President George W. Bush in attendance.

His recent highlights in the 2015-16 season were collaborations with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Sinfonia Varsovia, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Svetlanov Orchestra”, and Russian National Orchestra, among others.
In October 2013 Sladkovsky was invited by Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct works by Rachmaninoff during the anniversary concerts dedicated to the composer. In the same season he was re-invited to conduct several concerts with a Tchaikovsky programme. Previous collaborations have included Bolshoi Theatre, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Svetlanov Orchestra”, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Russian Radio, National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover, Orchestra of Theatro Municipal De São Paulo, orchestras of the Moscow, Novosibirsk and Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and Concerto Budapest Orchestra.

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CD Review Shostakovich: Complete Concertos / Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, released May 2017

“Also, in this movement you hear for the first time a characteristic of the accompaniment that Sladkovsky brings to all the concerti – he favours a truly hushed, almost etiolated quality to the string sound that makes the music sound fragile and almost vulnerable. When juxtaposed against the stamping, accent-heavy passages the same players produce elsewhere in the works, it makes for a very wide expressive range.”

Music Web International

“The Overture from the incidental music «Manfred» in E-Flat minor op. 115, a work based on the poem of Lord Byron, was chosen as the thematic opening to the Schumannfest. With contrasting themes pictured throughout this composition by Schumann, it is about the tragic suffering visions of heroes. Leading the Russian National Orchestra, Alexander Sladkovsky developed a vibrant imagery through his thrilling conducting. He alternates between a vigorous escalation of tempi and a noble reserve.”

Peter E. Rytz 

“From Russia with Love – The Russian National Orchestra and its vibrant conductor Alexander Sladkovsky delivered melodious greetings from Moscow. The Orchestra captivated audiences through an intense sound of strings, an incredibly wide dynamic range, balance, rich woods, and a disciplined temperament. The “Manfred Overture” deeply permeated into Schumann’s complex thinking and emotions. ”

RP Online