Ruslan Sviridov
Dr. Ruslan Sviridov, pianist
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     Ruslan Sviridov was born on January 18, 1973, in Tambov, Russia. He began to study music at age 7 with Elena Khvorostova of the Tambov Music School and gave his first public performance at age 8. While studying at The Tambov Music School, Sviridov won many school, city and regional contests for young pianists, including the Tambov Region Annual Contest for Young Pianists (1982-1987).

     In 1987, Sviridov entered Rachmaninov Music College in Tambov, where he studied with Natalia Kolpakova. He received first prize in numerous city and regional competitions, such as the Tchaikovsky Regional Piano Contest (1988), the Mussorgsky Regional Competition for Young Pianists (1989), the Bartok Regional Contest (1989), the Kabalevsky Regional Competition for Young Pianists in Kuibyshev (1990), and the Tambov Annual Contest for Young Pianists (1988-1991). In 1991, he won first prize in the Regional Contest of Young Pianists in Kuznetsk, Russia. 

     While studying at Rachmaninov Music College, Sviridov played hundreds of concerts throughout Russia’s Central Region: in Tambov (Tambov Philharmony, Rachmaninov Music College, Tambov Music School, Tambov Dramatic Theater, Tchicherin Museum, Tambov State University, Tambov Pedagogical Institute, Tambov Linguistic Institute, high schools and other locales), Kuibyshev Philharmony, Smolensk Theater, Ryazan Philharmony, Michurinsk Philharmony and many other cities. Sviridov was an active member of the Tambov Music Piano Club (1984-1991) and the Rachmaninov Museum in Ivanovka, Tambov Region, where he played many concerts. He made numerous recordings on Tambov Radio and TV (1982-1995), Russian Central Television (1988-1991), Hungarian National TV (1988) and Voronezh Regional TV (1988).  

     After graduating from Tambov Music College with a Diploma of Honor, Sviridov entered the Moscow State Conservatory, where he studied with renowned Russian pianist Professor Victor Merzhanov. While studying at the Conservatory, he played numerous recitals in Moscow (Moscow State Conservatory - Small and Rachmaninov Halls, Gagarin Concert Hall, Tchekhov Museum, Revolution State Museum), Smolensk (Smolensk Theater), Voronezh (Philharmony), Ufa (State Philharmony), Ulyanovsk (State Philharmony and Music College), Tambov (Rachmaninov Music College, Tchicherin Museum, Rachmaninov Museum in Ivanovka, Tambov Music School), and Saratov (State Conservatory). He played with several symphony orchestras in Russia, including the Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra under Professor Georgy Yerzhemsky and the Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra under Professor Leonid Nikolaev. He also participated in the Rachmaninov Music Festival in Tambov and the Glinka Music Festival in Smolensk, Russia.  

     While studying at the Moscow State Conservatory, Sviridov took part in and won many international piano competitions. Among them were the fourth International Musical Competition in Tortona, Italy (1994 - Grand Prix and First Prize); the fifth International “Isabel Scionti” Piano Competition in Kingsville, Texas (1995 - Third Prize and Special Jury Prize); the fourth International Musical Competition in Alassio, Italy (1995 - Grand Prix and First Prize); the 10th International Piano Competition in San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy (1995 - First Prize); the 27th International “Vincenzo Bellini” Piano Competition in Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy (1996 - Special Jury Prize); the International Piano Competition in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. (1995); the International Piano Competition in Porto, Portugal (1995); the International Piano Competition in Borgosessia, Italy (1997); and the Tuesday Musical Club Piano Competition in San Antonio, Texas (1999). He took part in International Courses of Piano Artistry dedicated to the memory of Sergey Rachmaninov in Tambov, Russia (1992), and  International Piano Master Classes with Professor Rudolf Buchbinder in Zurich, Switzerland (1996 and 1997).

     Sviridov has performed numerous recitals abroad: in Italy (Milan, Venezia,  Voghera, Pavia, Tortona, Genova, Varzi, Alassio, San Remo, Caltanissetta, Borgosessia), Portugal (Porto), Switzerland (Zurich), Great Britain (Glasgow), and the United States (New York, Dallas, Kingsville). He has recorded in Russia (Moscow State TV and Radio, Tambov State TV and Radio, Voronezh TV, Smolensk TV and Radio, Bashkirian State TV and Radio in Ufa, Ulyanovsk TV and Radio), Italy (RAI), Switzerland, Portugal, and the United States (NBC).  

     In 1996, Sviridov graduated from Moscow State Conservatory with a Diploma of Honor and received his Doctoral Degree from Moscow State Conservatory, where he continued his studies with  Professor Victor Merzhanov. During these years he played numerous recitals throughout the world. 

     Dr. Ruslan Sviridov now resides in San Antonio, Texas. He continues to play recitals and chamber concerts.
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