Lyudmila Sveshnikova


• Recipient of the medal For Valour in Labour (1983)
• Recipient of the medal Veteran of Labour (1999)
• Recipient of the medal For Services to the Fatherland, 2nd class (2010)
• Recipient of St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize the Golden Sofit (special award, 2010)
• Prize-winner at the VII Window on Europe international festival and competition (2012)

Born in Leningrad. Graduated with distinction from the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (classes of Professors Alexander Ikharev and Yevgeny Shenderovich). In parallel with her studies, she worked as a concertmistress at the Conservatoire’s Opera Studio.

Has worked at the Mariinsky Theatre since 1975 and is today responsible for the musical preparation of numerous productions as well as being a lead performer of numerous piano solos in the constantly expanding ballet repertoire. As a concertmistress she has worked with such leading lights of the music world as Valery Gergiev, Rodion Shchedrin, Tikhon Khrennikov, Andrei Eshpai, Gemal Dalgat, Viktor Fedotov, Yevgeny Kolobov, Gianandrea Noseda and Tugan Sokhiev.

Lyudmila Sveshnikova has also worked with numerous outstanding Russian and international choreographers, dancers and coaches who have highly praised her professionalism, piano skills, musicianship and excellent knowledge of the art of dance. Among such have been Yevgeny Biber, Boris Shavrov, Igor Belsky, Leonid Yakobson, Tatiana Vecheslova, Feya Balabina, Natalia Dudinskaya, Semyon Kaplan, Konstantin Sergeyev, Inna Zubkovskaya, Askold Makarov, Irina Kolpakova, Yuri Soloviev, Oleg Vinogradov, Yuri Grigorovich, Natalia Makarova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Dmitry Bryantsev, Boris Eifman, Giorgi Aleksidze, Jerome Robbins, Roland Petit, Rudolf Nureyev, John Neimeier and Pierre Lacotte.

Lyudmila Sveshnikova’s skill as a pianist has frequently drawn the attention of Russian and international theatre critics.

Solo repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes the piano parts in the following ballets:
Le Parc; choreography by Angelin Preljocaj to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
In the Night; choreography by Jerome Robbins to music by Frédéric Chopin,
Without; choreography by Jerome Robbins to music by Frédéric Chopin,
Piano Concerto No 2 (Ballet Imperial); choreography by George Balanchine to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky,
Jewels (Rubies); choreography by George Balanchine to music by Igor Stravinsky,
Pierrot Lunaire; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky to music by Arnold Schoenberg,
Tarantella; choreography by George Balanchine to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk,
Simple Things; choreography by Emil Faski to music by Arvo Pärt,
Errand into the Maze; choreography by Martha Graham to music by Gian Carlo Menotti,
Choreographic Game 3x3; choreography by Anton Pimonov to music by Johann Peter Pixis,
and the pas de deux from the ballet Lady of the Camellias; choreography by John Neumeier to music by Frédéric Chopin.

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