Categories: Artistas
      Date: 03.20.2008
     Title: Belonogov, Sviatoslav
Sviatoslav Belonogov
Sviatoslav Belonogov
viola d'amore
[Russia, 1965]

Principal Viola at the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (OST) since 1997, Sviatoslav has also incorporated the viola d'amore into his musical resources. A graduate at the Russian Music Academy under the tutelage of Professor V. Trushin, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1992. During his training he was principal viola at the Young Symphony Orchestra of Socialists Countries, under the baton of Á. Medveczky and J. Belohlavek, and member of the International Quartet (1983-1987).
In 1998 he was awarded First Prize at the USSR National Viola Competition in Lvov, and at the Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet Competition in St Petersburg (1993). He was soloist of the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, under by V. Sinaysky and V. Ponkin (1989-1990), member of the National Orchestra of Russia, under by M. Pletnev (1990-1994), and also soloist at the chamber orchestra camera Moscow Virtuosi, conducted by V. Spivakov (1994-1997).

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He has toured under the baton of world-renowned conductors as M. Pletnev, M. Rostropovich, Y. Menuhin, V. Sinaysky, V. Spivakov, G. Rozhdestvensky, M. Jansons, performing at venues as well known as the of the Moscow Conservatory, Musikverein of Vienna, London's Royal Festival Hall, Châtelet Paris, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Sala delle Benedizioni in the Vatican, Concertgebow Amsterdam and Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid.
Higlights of is performances include the Concerto for violin, piano and String Quartet of E. Chausson at the festival of Colmar, France (1996), with violinist V. Spivakov and pianist B. Engerer, ; solo viola part on Don Quixote by R. Strauss, along with cellist A. Meneses and conducted by Victor Pablo Pérez, at the OST 1998 Season; the interpretation of Harold in Italy by H. Berlioz, with the OST led by Edmon Colomer (1999); Double Concerto by M. Bruch, with clarinetist P. Bernard, under C. Badea (2000); and at the Canary Islands Music Festival he again took the role of Sancho Panza on Don Quixote by R. Strauss, this time with cellist S. Isserlis and V. Pablo Perez conducting. 
Other major performances include the Concerto for solo Viola by G. Ph. Telemann, viola d'amore concertos by A. Vivaldi and C. Graupner, Brandenburg Concerto N.6 and Concerto in E flat major for Viola and strings by J. S. Bach; Sinfonia Concertante by W. A. Mozart, with violinist A. Durgaryan; Lacrimae by B. BrittenTrauermusik by P. HindemithSonata per la  Gran Viola and Orchestra by N. Paganini; and the Sonata da Chiesa for viola d'amore and strings by F. Martin.
Chamber music has a significant place on Sviatoslav’s career; and has a remarkable musical relationship with duo partner Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, which includes repertoire for viola and viola d’amore. Teaching viola and chamber music also has an important part of his musical activity.

Critics have written about him:
"Current Principal Viola at the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Sviatoslav Belonogov, a soloist in which the quality of sound and expression exceeds any limit of the predictable" (Magazine Point of the Arts of the Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid, 12-18 June 1998).

With the title "The Symphony Orchestra exhibits its divos" says:

* "Very interesting concert with the performace by two of our highest caliber professors. Pier Luigi Bernard, clarinet, and Sviatoslav Belonogov, viola, on the Concerto for clarinet, viola and Orchestra by Bruch. (...) the violist had excellent creativity, causing a long recognition from the audience to the merits of these two great artists" (José Diéguez Gamallo in La Opinion de Tenerife, 3 November 2000).

* “...Sviatoslav Belonogov, showed his impeccable technique and exquisite taste on this difficult work by Britten” (Miguel A. Aguilar Rancel in Diario de Avisos, May 22, 2001).

*Sviatoslav Belonogov has created a standard of excellent performances and this time as a soloist he was outstanding. Britten’s score, despite of being a resutl of contemporary writing maintains a wonderful intimate sonority that touched us with unusual warmth, making us vibrate and surrender without reservations" (Estrella Ortega in Diario de Avisos, May 16, 2004).
* "we can corroborate the high level of the soloists S. Belonogov and A. Kevorkov, solo violas at the performance of the Symphony for two violas, rock band and Orchestra by V. Rosinskij" (Lourdes Bonnet in Diario de Avisos, May 13, 2006).

The recordings by Sviatoslav Belonogov include The Liturgy by Gyia Kancheli, for viola and Orchestra, with the National Orchestra of Moscow for the Olympia label; Caprices de Goya, for String Quartet, Sonata-improvisación, for viola and piano, and Solitude, sonata for "Viola player", all of them by the composer V. Besedina, for the Art-classics label; Sonata for viola and piano by G. Díaz-Jerez (CD No. 36), and E. Guimerá Suite for violin and viola (CD No. 16) for LANs label and celeBRATSción, for Insulamusic Editions.