Ivan Velikanov

Born in Paris in 1986. At the age of 5 entered Rachmaninoff Conservatoire in Paris (piano); began to compose music, at the age of 7 started regular lessons with composer and organist Leonid Karev.

In 1993 moved to Moscow. In 1997-1999 studied singing with Lidia Davydova, performing as descant including concerts with the Madrigal ensemble of early music.

In 2000-2004 studied at the Academic Music College under the Moscow Conservatoire (theory of music faculty), also took lessons of composition, studied harpsichord playing with prof. Tatiana Zenaishvili.

In 2004-2009: studied theory and composition with prof. Roman Ledeniov at the Composition Department of the Moscow Conservatoire, also studied organ playing with prof. Lyubov’ Shishkhanova, conducting with prof. Valery Polyansky. In 2008-2012 studied orchestra conducting with prof. Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the Symphonic Orchestra Conducting Department of the Moscow Conservatoire (graduated with honours); at the same time continiued studying organ playing with prof. Alexey Semionov and harpsichord playing with prof. Maria Uspenskaya, conducting with prof. Vladimir Altschuler.

Participant of master-classes: conducting with K. Masur (2006), K. Kiesler (2007), Th. Currentzis (2008), sir R. Norrington (2010), G. Gelmetti (2014), G. Lanzetta (2015), M. Jurowski (2016); harpsichord playing with Chr. Schornsheim (2010, Germany); organetto playing with G. Pérez (2011, France); cornetto playing with J. Tubéry (2011, Corsica); performing of 14th cent. European music (2011, Italy).

Award-winner of the 2nd I. Mussin orchestra conductors competition (2011). Won the Bolshoi Theatre contest for creation of a musical stage work for children and teenagers (2008).

In 2009 created in Moscow the first Russian early music ensemble playing on historical wind instruments — Alta Capella, and became its artistic director. With the ensemble members took part in master-classes by prof. M. Lubenow (2010, Germersheim, Germany), prof. W. Dongois (2010, 2011, 2012, Moscow), prof. B. Dickey (2010, Urbino, Italy), prof. W. Becu (2011, Salzburg, Austria, Akademie für Alte Musik Bremen – Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum; 2013, Moscow), prof. G. Pérez (2012, 2013, Moscow), prof. A. Lawrence-King (2013, 2014, Moscow), prof. J. Tubéry (2013, Moscow), prof. J.-F. Novelli (2014, Moscow), prof. G. David (2014, Bremen), prof. B. Bagby and M. Mauillon (2015, Moscow). Performs as multi-instrumentalist with various ensembles and solo.
In 2011 arranged the International festival of music and dance La Renaissance taking place annually in Moscow, and became its artistic director.

In 2012 was project assistant of the N.I. Satz Moscow Music Theatre for Children production of E. de’ Cavalieri Rappresentazione di anima, et di corpo (artistic director — A. Lawrence-King; special prize of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award jury, 2013). In 2014-2015 also worked as assistant to Vladimir Jurowski (incl. a concert version of R. Strauss’ “Salomé”), with his Alta Capella ensemble, he participated in Vladimir Jurowski’s concert programmes juxtaposing Romantic repertoire with thematically related Renaissance and Baroque pieces.

In 2014 based the Tarussa Chamber Orchestra which repertoire includes music of 18th–20th centuries performed in historically informed manner on period instruments.

In 2014 – visiting conductor at the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he produced a renovated stage performance of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”. In the 2014-2015 season – second conductor of the Pavel Slobodkin’s Centre Small Symphony Orchestra; he gave several concerts with this orchestra, performing a large repertoire ranging from Haydn to Prokofiev, esp. a whole series of famous violin concertos.

Since summer 2014 – assistant conductor at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre where he staged productions of “A Gentle Spirit (Krotkaya)”, opera by J. Tavener and “Rasyomon. Variations”, ballet by G. Varlamov. Also conducts performances: “An Acquaintance with Orchestra”, “A Giude to Orchestra”, “Aladdin’s Magic Lamp” (opera by N. Rota); in 2014-2016 held sets of early music concerts at the Theatre’ Atrium.

In 2016 has performed two concerts in Florence, with the Toscana Classica chamber orchestra. In 2017 — visiting conductor at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (“Die Zauberflöte”, “Le nozze di Figaro” by Mozart, “Romeo and Juliet” by Prokofiev). Also Ivan was invited by the Novosibirsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he worked as assistant and 2 nd conductor with Dmitri Jurowski on the stage production of Verdi’s
“Un Ballo in Maschera”.