Alexander Sevastian, accordionist
With three first prize wins at the International Accordion Competition to his credit, Alexander Sevastian has truly commanded the world’s attention as one of the best. His awards extend from early in his career to current achievements. He first gained attention in the musical world when he won the Norway’s Oslofjord Accordion Competition in 1988. Shortly following, he won The Cup of the North in Russia in 2000, the 2001 Anthony Galla-Rini Accordion Competition in the US and most recently, first prize at the 2009 Roland Competition in Toronto.
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Alexander began his accordion studies at the age of seven. In 1991, he attended the Glinka Musical College in Minsk. His advanced studies took him to Moscow’s famed Gnessin Academy of Music where he graduated with his Masters Degree in Performance, studying with renowned performer and pedagogue, Friedrich Lips. While at the Gnessin Academy, Alexander extended his studies to include piano, conducting, and philosophy.
He began his professional performance career in Moscow in 1996 where he was quickly heard performing with the Russian Radio Orchestra. Following his first performance, he has subsequently toured as soloist with the Russian Radio Orchestra throughout Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Japan. Alex is also a very active recitalist and chamber musician. His performances have graced the stages in such prestigious venues as Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, St. Petersburg’s Glinka Capella Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and Minato Mirai Hall. Recent solo and orchestral engagements include recitals in Canada, the US, Mexico, and Italy.
Alex and his family moved to Canada in April 2001. Within one year, he joined the internationally recognized Quartetto Gelato and in 2003, he completed an Advanced Certificate in Performance at the University of Toronto where he studied with Joseph Macerollo. Over the past five years, with the quartet, Alex has extensively toured Canada, the US, Italy, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Estonia, and Guatemala.
Alex lives in Toronto with his wife Anna and son Vladimir and in 2005, proudly became a Canadian citizen.
The artist is represented by Agence Station Bleue, Montreal.
Sunday, October 16/2011 Brandon MB
Presented by Brandon University ProSeries in Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon University at 3:00PM
Monday, February 6/2012 Snow Lake MB
Presented by Ravna Concerts in Ravna House at 7:00PM
Friday, February 10, 2012 Swift Current SK
Presented by Swift Current Allied Arts Council in Living Sky Centre at 8:00PM
Sunday, February 12, 2012 Estevan SK
Presented by Estevan Arts Council in St. Paul’s United Church at 8:00PM
Monday, February 13, 2012 Weyburn SK
Presented by Weyburn Concert Series in Weyburn Comprehensive High school at 7:30PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Kipling SK
Presented by Kipling & District Arts Council in Kipling Community Centre at 7:30PM
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Yorkton SK
Presented by Yorkton Arts Council in Anne Portnuff Theatre, Yorkton Regional High school at 8:00PM
Thursday, February 16, 2012 Tisdale SK
Presented by Tisdale Arts Council in Tisdale RECplex at 7:30PM
Friday, February 17, 2012 Melfort SK
Presented by Melfort Arts Council in CJVR Performing Arts Theatre at 7:30PM
Saturday, February 18, 2012 Biggar SK
Presented by Biggar & District Arts Council in Majestic Theatre at 7:30PM
Sunday, February 19, 2012 Rosthern SK
Presented by Station Arts Centre in Station Arts Centre at 7:30PM
Monday, February 20, 2012 Canora SK
Presented by Canora Arts Council in Canora Composite School at 7:30PM
Performance dates and venues are subject to change. Schools shows, workshops & master classes in addition to these concerts. Please contact the local presenter to confirm performance details.