Igor Kotlyarevsky was born in Kharkov in 1953. In 1960, he entered Kharkov Special Music School where he studied with Faina Joffe and Victoria Krichevskaya. In 1968-70, Mr. Kotlyarevsky studied with Vsevolod Topilin. He graduated in 1971 and entered Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where he was a student of professors Bella Davidovich and Sergei Dorensky. He graduated with honor in 1976.
At that time, Alexander Egorov, an assistant to professor Konstantin Igumnov, also had an important impact on Igor Kotlyarevsky’s development. Their friendship lasted until Mr. Egorov's death in 1991.
He started his concert activities as a child; since then, Mr. Kotlyarevsky has given solo concerts and recitals both in Russia and abroad (France, USA, Japan, Germany, Korea). He combines his solo concert activities with performances in various chamber ensembles, also appearing as an accompanist. He has given a great number of concerts together with such instrumental performers and singers as Irina Arkhipova, Olga Borodina, Natalia Erasova, Taemi Kohawa, Anastasia Chebotareva, Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Elena Revich, Mikhail Gotsdiner, Alexander Brusilovsky, Vladimir Chernov, and others.
He's a prizewinner of several international piano competitions.
He works at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory since 1978. In 1991, he became a professor. Many of his students are prizewinners of the international competitions; they are successful performers and teachers.
He regularly gives master-classes at different colleges and high schools of music in Russia, Germany, Japan, Korea.
His solo repertoire includes works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Liszt, Medtner and other romantic composers.
Arseni Kotlyarevsky (cello) was born in Moscow in 1995. In 2004, he graduated with honors from Special Music School under Gnessin College, where he studied with Tatiana Prokhorova and Vera Birina. Since 2004, he has been a student of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (in the class of professor Natalia Gutman).
Arseni Kotlyarevsky gives a lot of concerts in Russia and abroad (in Japan, Netherlands, Germany and other countries). He played in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory as well as Maly and Rachmaninov Halsl. In 2007, he appeared in the concert dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He was a premiere performer of many contemporary compositions, among them - works by Boris Frankstein, Dinara Gabitova, Olesia Rostovskaya, Maurizio Kagel, and Vladimir Genin (a premiere performance of his vocal cycle Last moments on 29 International festival of contemporary music Moscow Autumn - 2007). In the same year, Arseni recorded this work on a CD. He is the prize-winner of International Competition in Togliatti (2002), Beethoven Days in Moscow festival (2003), Home-coming festival (Moscow, 2004).
Alexandra Kotlyarevskaya (piano) was born in 1987 in Moscow; she graduated cum laude from Gnessin Special music school. Since 2005, she has been a student of the Gnessin Academy in Moscow (with Professor Vera Nosina). She is the winner of Musical Interpretation and Pedagogics International Competition (Madeira, Portugal, 2007), Beethoven Days in Moscow festival (2003), Home-coming festival (Moscow, 2004). Alexandra gives many concerts, frequently touring about Russia and abroad.
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