Denis Zhdanov


Denis Zhdanov was born in the East Siberian town of Magadan on the Pacific Coast.
He received his first piano lesson at the age of eight, and when he was eleven years old moved to St. Petersburg where he began his Cello studies.
He completed an eight-year music programme in only four years and in 1994 was accepted at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, into the class of Professor Galina Zubareva.
In 1997 Denis Zhdanov took part in and won his first competition, the International A. Rubinstein Competition in Moscow. In the same year Denis was awarded a scholarship by the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation and performed all over Russia.
In 1998 Denis Zhdanov became a student at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and studied with Professors A. Knyazev and L.Evgrafov. In 1998 he was also engaged as a soloist by the UNESCO Foundation in Moscow.
He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2002, and one year later due to a Europa Stipendium, Denis Zhdanov continued his studies with Professor Peter Bruns at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. Later he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelsohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig.
In 2004 Denis Zhdanov won the First Prize as well as the Audience Prize at the International Brahms Competition, and gave his German debut at the „Semper-Oper“ performing the Second Cello Concerto of D. Shostakovich.
Two years later Denis Zhdanov received the Audience Prize and Special Prize at the International Aram Khachaturian-Competition in Armenia. During this competition Denis Zhdanov became acquainted with Prof. Wolfgang Böttcher, when taking part in his masterclasses and studying privately with him.
Working with so many great musicians such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Gennadi Rojdestvenski,
Antoni Wit,Vasiliy Sinaisky, Dmitry Yablonsky, Dmitri Shebalin, Bernard Greenhouse, Natalia Shahovskaya, Tatiana Grindenko, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Jury Simonov and Anne Bylsma has had a huge influence on Denis Zhdanov during his artistically formative years.
Together with music partner and violinist Uliana Zhdanov he founded the „Zhdanov- Konzerte“- Artist Agency in 2016 and organises concerts and events Europe-wide.
He collaborates as chamber musician with Eric Le Sage, Tatjana Masurenko, Roman Patkolo, Julia Deneka, Olena Baeva and Dmitri Demashkin among others.
Denis Zhdanov was appointed as professor at the „Iclassical Academy“ in Italy in 2012 He has given many masterclasses which have been made available online.
As an orchestral player, Denis Zhdanov has worked withStaatskapelle Dresden, Münchner Rundfunk, Staatskapelle Weimar, Saarländisches Staatsorchester among others. He is currently Principal Solo Cellist of the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Denis Zhdanov’s rich repertoire includes works from early Baroque until the 21st century.

Artistic co-director of the Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence since 1988. Programming, Music diffusion, Educational exchanges, Partnership with local actors…
Roussel string quartet
Trio des Iscles (violin, cello, piano) Dumky Trio (violin, cello, piano)
Safran String Trio (violin, viola, cello)
Ensemble orchestral Montéclair Ensemble instrumental Audoli Ensemble instrumental La Bruyère Ensemble Calliopée
8 de piques cello ensemble
Ensemble Intercontemporain Ensemble FA
Orchestra. De Paris
Orchestre Philarmonique de. Radio-France Orchestre de Lorraine
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Cello and piano duo…on the Rhine
Ensemble Orchestral de Basse Normandie Orchestre Symphonique Opus
Symphony Orchestra of Cannes
Symphony Orchestra of the Republican Guard
Solo with baroque dancer
Show ” Les aventures de Monsieur Vieux-bois ” with dancers, spoken voice and string trio
string trio by Gérard Peson
Show ” Ombres nous-mêmes ” with actors, violin, cello and flute, music by Gérard Pesson
Show “Peter and the Wolf” as part of the Jeunesses Musicales de France
Music and Stars show with Hubert Reeves
Concert Music and Painting with Valérie Buffetaud
Tristan Murail : ” Attracteurs Étranges ” for solo cello
Éric Tanguy: “Convulsive Beauty” for solo cello and ensemble Gérard Pesson: “De loup et d’Estocs” for two cellos Bruno Mantovani: “Until” for three cellos
Michaël Jarell: Trio for three cellos
In duo Violin-Cello
Philippe Fenelon: “Fragment 1
Gérard Pesson : ” Bruissant divisé ” (Divided rustling)
Dominique Tronçin: “Altitudes
Geoffrey François: “Frémissements
Laurent Martin: “Nine Miniatures
Cello and Viola Duo
Betty Jolas : ” Music to go ” viola and cello
In String Trio
Gérard Pesson: “Mes Béatitudes
In trio violin, cello, piano
Ivane Bellocq: 2nd trio
Kristoff Maratka : “Horoscope

Comédie des Champs-Élysées, Auditorium du Louvre, Opéra Garnier, Centre Pompidou, Ircam, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Théâtre du Châtelet, Le Sénat, Fondation Singer-Polignac,
Radio-France, Société Chopin, Grand Théâtre de Reims, Société de Musique de Chambre de Lyon, Théâtre Opéra National du Rhin, Théâtre de Dijon, Société des Concerts de Cahors et du Lot, Cannes, Nice, Théâtre de Rennes, Soirées Musicales aux Châteaux (major French venues)… ABROAD
Czech Republic (Martinu Foundation, Rudolphinum in Prague), Slovakia (Bratislava), Romania (Atheneum Georges Enescu in Bucharest), Austria (Graz), Germany (Stuttgart, Darmstadt), Spain (Barcelona), California (San Diego, La Jolia), USA (Manhattan), Greece (Thessaloniki), Finland (Helsinki)…
Les amis de Mozart (Paris-Conciergerie), l’Orangerie de Sceaux, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les
Folles Journées de Nantes, Festival International de Besançon, les Mardis Musicaux d’Angers, les Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Salon de Provence, Festival de Gargilesse, Présences à Radio-France, Musica de Strasbourg, Les Musicales du Golfe ( Morbihan), Festival de Val d’Isère, Un été musical à Dijon, Festival de Prades, Festival Archipels in Geneva (Switzerland), Festival Ultima in Oslo (Norway), Festival Linkôping (Sweden), Festival Orlando (Holland), Sérénades d’Automne in Lisbon (Portugal), La Biennale de Venise (Italy), Ars Musica in Brussels (Belgium), Festival Friends of Music in Stamford-Manhattan (USA) ..
Italy (Venice, Florence, Trapani in Sicily), Canada (Vancouver, Banff, Toronto),
Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Canton, Yichun, Tianjin, Dalian)…
France-Musique, Italian RAÏ, Hessischer rundfunk (Germany), Swedish Radio, Czech National
Czech National Radio

CRR de Reims, Cergy-Pontoise, Vernon, Le Raincy, Rueil-Malmaison, CNSM de Paris
Philippe Muller, Gary Hoffman, Michel Strauss, Rolland Pidoux, Jérôme Pernoo, Raphaêl Pidoux, Marc Coppey, Atsushi Sakai, Marie Hallynck .
Académie de Rouffach, Neuvic, Hourtin, St Rémy les Chevreuses , Aigues-Vives , Stage pour adultes amateurs en Haute Provence
Stage Jeunes Talents dans le cadre des Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Preovence Stage de Musique de Chambre St Cézaire
CRR de Reims , ENM de Créteil , CRR de Cergy-Pontoise ,Conservatoire de Bastia, Banff Center for the Art (Canada) , Conservatoire de Vittoria ( Espagne)
Among Friends (élu meilleur disque classique de l’année par le Globle & Mail 1998)
Bohuslav MARTINU : Intégrale des Trios ( (GRCD 4 )
Anton DVORAK : Intégrale des trios avec le Dumky trio ( 5 Diapasons )
Philippe FENELON : Monographie « Mythologies »
Tristan MURAIL : Monographie ( Grand Prix Charles Cros)
Jean-Marc SINGIER : Monographie ( Diapason d’or )
Gérard PESSON : Monographie
Hugues DUFOUR: Monographie « The Watery Star »
Franco DONATONI « dont le Ruisseau sur l’escalier » pour violoncelle solo et ensemble (10 Répertoire)
Dominique TRONCIN : « Hommage »
Johann STRAUSS : « Valses » (Transcriptions de Schönberg, Berg, Webern)