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𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐊𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐯

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Saxophonist

 

NEWS

 
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MEMBER OF A JURY OF EMAC MUSICIANS SOLO COMPETITION

May 15 - July 17th, 2021

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DEDICATEE OF THE NEW PIECE FOR SOLO SAXOPHONE NAMED "DOO-WOP" WRITTEN BY FAMOUS CONTEMPORARY COMPOSER CHRISTIAN LAUBA

April 9, 2021

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NATIONAL WINNER OF THE MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION COLLEGIATE WINDS SOLO COMPETITION!

March 1, 2021

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HAS WON UNANIMOUS FIRST PRIZE IN THE ONLINE SAXIANA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (SOLO CATEGORY)

February 21, 2021

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WINNER OF THE 2020-2021

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE

GRADUATE CONCERTO COMPETITION!

EUGENE BOSSART PRIZE WINNER

January 30, 2021

 

BIOGRAPHY

Classical saxophonist Valentin Kovalev is one of the leaders of his generation in developing the musical and technical possibilities of the saxophone. Valentin is the first Russian saxophonist who entered the prestigious Paris Conservatory as an undergraduate, as well as the first Russian saxophonist to be admitted to the historic graduate program at the University of Michigan, which possesses the oldest and most celebrated saxophone program in the United States.

He received awards from several foundations in France and Russia, including the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet pour la vocation, Fonds de Tarrazi, Legs Edward Jabes, la Fondation L’Or du Rhin. Valentin earned two awards from The President of the Russian Federation and won a grant from the mayor of Moscow City.

 As a soloist, he has performed with major orchestras around the world, such as the “New Russia” Orchestra (chief conductor Yuri Bashmet), the Orchestra of Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center, the Tchaikovsky Big Symphony Orchestra (chief conductor Vladimir Fedoseev), the Belarusian Orchestra of Folk Instruments, and Orchestre de Strasbourg. In 2019, Valentin performed in the live-broadcast concert “Génération France Musique. Le live.” on the radio “France Musique”.

            Valentin won prizes at many international competitions, including “MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition” – National Winner (USA, 2021), “University of Michigan Concerto Competition” (USA, 2021), The Eugene Bossart Prize Winner (USA, 2021), unanimous First Prize in the Online Saxiana International Competition (2021), second prize of “Classic Winds Competition” (Israel, Tel Aviv, 2020), first prize of the “AndorraSaxFest competition”(2019), first prize of the “Anches simples de Toulouse” competition(2019), and Grand-Prix of  the “EkaterinburgSaxFest” (Russia, 2018).

            Valentin also enjoys performing as a musician in the symphony orchestra and had the honor of performing with well-known orchestras, including MusicAeterna (chief conductor Teodor Currentzis), with whom he participated in the Diaghilev festival (Perm, Russia), and the alto-saxophone part with the Orchestra of Moscow chamber musical theatre on the “Pärnu Opera days” (Estonia).

As the soprano saxophone chair of the saxophone quartet “Triton”, he had a concert tour to China, where he performed ten concerts in nine cities in April 2019.

Together with the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation and the “Russian seasons” he had annually concert tours since 2016 in Germany, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium.

Valentin began his education in Barnaul, Russia with Viktoria Fedyaj and Alexei Gotsulyak. He proceeded with his studies at the College of Gnessins in Moscow with Leonid Drutin, the College of Frederic Chopin in Moscow with Nikita Zimin, and finished his Bachelor’s degree at the Paris Conservatory with Claude Delangle. He is currently studying with Timothy McAllister at the University of Michigan.

 

PERFORMANCES

 
 
Tchaïkovski : Danse russe (Lac des Cygnes)
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France Musique

Tchaïkovski : Danse russe (Lac des Cygnes)

Valentin Kovalev (saxophone) et Kishin Nagai (piano) interprètent Le Lac des Cygnes : Danse russe de Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski / arrangement Valentin Kovalev. Extrait du concert Générations France Musique, le Live, enregistré le 23 février 2019. La Danse russe se trouve dans le troisième acte du lac des cygnes, entre la danse hongroise et la danse espagnole. Fondée sur une mélodie principale, elle se divise en plusieurs sections : d’abord le Moderato qui permet d’exprimer la virtuosité du soliste avec arpèges et trilles, puis un Andante simplice où la mélodie est exposée dans son état le plus pur, avant de s’agiter dans l’Allegro vivo. Une section Presto, enjouée et empreinte de folklore russe, conclut la danse. Ce morceau, qui dans la version originale est jouée par un violon solo avec un orchestre très discret, est jouée par le saxophoniste Valentin Kovalev accompagné du pianiste Kishin Nagai, ce qui est un vrai tour de force compte tenu de l’exigence de la partie solo. Retrouvez tous les concerts vidéos de France Musique sur https://www.francemusique.fr/concerts Tout savoir sur le Lac des Cygnes https://www.francemusique.fr/musique-classique/le-lac-des-cygnes-tout-ce-que-vous-avez-toujours-voulu-savoir-sur-le-celebre-ballet-de-tchaikovski-70262 Biographie de Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovsky : https://www.francemusique.fr/personne/piotr-ilitch-tchaikovski Cliquez ici pour vous abonner : http://bit.ly/2oeEr3e Suivez nous sur : ► Facebook - https://bit.ly/2nWRmVu ► Twitter - http://bit.ly/2okZSfP ► Instagram - http://bit.ly/2nDA547 Image : Camille GARIN / Camile LANNIER Montage : Camille GARIN

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CONTACT

Ann Arbor, MI (USA)

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