Vladislav Lavrik, one of the most talented musicians of his generation, is Russia’s finest trumpeter and a rising young conductor. Born in 1980 to a family of musicians, Lavrik’s early training included both piano and trumpet.
Recognized for achievements in both classical and jazz performance styles, he was appointed principal trumpet of the Russian National Orchestra at the age of 20, the youngest person to hold a principal chair in the history of the orchestra. In 2011 he was elected to the board of the International Trumpet Guild, the first Russian to be given this recognition and responsibilitay.
Lavrik graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in 2003, continuing advanced studies and achieving the Master’s Degree in 2005. Since 2006, he has been a Yamaha Artist in Russia and, since 2008, a member of the trumpet faculty of the Moscow State Conservatory. In 2008 he began conducting lessons with Professor A. Rhein and in 2010 he embarked on the conducting course of Moscow’s Gnesin Academy of Music, studying opera and orchestral repertoire with Professor Vladimir Fedoseyev.
Achievements, participation in competitions, festivals:
He was twice the winner of the Dokshitzer Competition of Young Trumpeters (1994 and 1996). He won the Classical Heritage International Competition in Moscow (1994), and he was a prizewinner in Moscow’s International Festival of Young Soloists (1997 and 1998) and the Moscow International Trumpet Competition (2000).
Lavrik is the leader of the RNO Brass Quintet, which tours extensively in Russia and has performed joint concerts with The U. S. Army Brass Quintet in the United States and Russia. An organizer and leader of brass music festivals, as well as a sought-after performer, Lavrik established the dynamic new international festival called Brass Days at the Moscow Conservatory. Conducting a large brass and percussion ensemble, Lavrik premiered a new arrangement by Evgeny Ratner of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition during the 2011 Brass Days. Previous festival appearances include the Europalia International Arts Festival in Brussels (2005), Bermuda Festival (2006), Western Carolina University Trumpet Festival in the United States (2007), Homecoming Chamber Music Festival in Moscow (2011, 2012) and Denis Matsuev’s Crescendo Festival (2011). In 2008 and 2009 he served as a member of the jury of the U. S. National Trumpet Competition.
In addition to his extensive work with the RNO, Lavrik appears frequently as a guest soloist with other orchestras and ensembles, including Yuri Bashmet’s Moscow Soloists, Constantine Orbelian’s Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Alexander Rudin’s Musica Viva and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Samara, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk. In 2012 Lavrik was the featured soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with Bashmet’s Moscow Soloists. Under Bashmet in 2008, Lavrik performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra with Yefim Bronfman in the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory. Again in 2009, he performed the Shostakovich Concerto with Denis Matsuev and Italian conductor Giancarlo De Lorenzo in Tyumen, Russia.
Lavrik’s mastery of Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto has made him the definitive interpreter of this classic piece in the contemporary repertoire of every trumpeter. In 2008 he performed the Arutiunian Concerto with the United States Marine Band in what the conductor announced was the first time a Russian soloist had performed with the ensemble known as “The President’s Own.” Later that year, Lavrik completed a five-state U.S. tour that featured an all-Russian recital program, a series of master classes, and with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Meyer he performed the Arutiunian Concerto.
In 2010 Lavrik achieved his conducting debut with the Russian National Orchestra at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. In 2011 and 2012 he was a guest conductor with the Moscow orchestra Musica Viva and at the Homecoming Chamber Music Festival in Moscow. He also conducted the State Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Ministry of Defense in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel and The Tale of Tzar Saltan. The Russian National Orchestra will feature Lavrik as conductor of a concert series during its 2012-2013 season.
Vladislav Lavrik’s recordings include Dmitri Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra conducted by Maxim Shostakovich with pianist Vladimir Krainev and a solo album Meditation (2011), the music of Russian composers performed by the Russian Army Band. Among Russian contemporary composers who have entrusted Lavrik with the first performance of their compositions are Tatiana Smirnova, Oleg Oblov, and Rashid Kalimullin.