Hailed as “a brilliant cellist” by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, Sergey Antonov went on to prove his mentor’s proclamation when he won the gold medal at the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition. Antonov’s entry into this elite stratum of sought-after classical artists has already placed him on
stages at world-renowned venues from Russia’s Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo. His international performance tours have taken him to France, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Korea, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. He has collaborated with such conductors as Yuri Simonov, Maxim Vengerov, David Geringas, Michiyoshi Inoue, Mikhail Pletnev, Jonathan Mc Phee , Yuri Basmet, Laura Jackson, Marius
Stravinsky, Keith Clark, Justus Franz, EugeneBushkov, Christian Arming and classical artists such as Dora Schwartzberg, Nikita Borisoglebskiy, Ekaterina Mechetina, Livia Sohn, Eugine Tzikindelean, Vadim Rudenko, Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, John Lenehan among others. Closer to home, Antonov has been a favored guest artist with the Newport Music Festival, where he made his American debut, four years ago.
In addition to being the 2007 Tchaikovsky gold medal winner for cello, Antonov has been a recipient of the 2008 Golden Talent Award by the Russian Performing Arts Foundation, as well as garnering top soloist honors in the International Justus Friedrich Dotzauer Competition, Dresden, Germany, the David Popper International Cello Competition, Budapest, Hungary, and the American String Teachers Association Competition, Detroit Michigan. His chamber ensemble performances have also brought him honors from the Lyrica Chamber Music Series as their "Young Artist of the Year", the Chamber Music Foundation of New England and the Swedish International Duo Competition.
Currently Sergey is a member of the Hermitage Piano Trio and is in a duo with pianist Ilya Kazantsev.
"A brilliant cellist!"
Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist
"...an incredibly warm, penetrating and vibrant tone... a romantic musical sensibility to create music-making of a high caliber."
Kevin Shopland, The Budapest Sun
"...a world of expression from plaintive hope to existential pathos."
Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press
"...a performance with soaring phrases and a tone to die for."
Channing Gray, Journal Arts, Providence, RI
"...at 26, Antonov's Reno debut is nothing less than sensational."
Jack Neal, Nevada Events and Reviews