Viatcheslav Semionov was
born in 1946 in the ancient city of Trubchevsk, Bryansk (about 300km
south of Moscow). Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather,
he began playing the bayan (chromatic accordion) at the age of 7.
After his father's initial tuition he continued his studies at the
Rostov Art College and the Gnessins' Musical Pedagogical Institute
in Moscow (now called the Russian Gnessins Academy of Music), one
of the great musical centres in Russia.
At 21 years of age his international career began, when he started
to take part in accordion competitions in Klingenthal, Germany (1967),
Sofia, Bulgaria (1968) and Berlin, Germany (1973), in all of which
he was placed Laureate of these competitions. As concert artist
Viatcheslav Semionov has given concerts in more than 30 countries.
Viatcheslav Semionov (who may rightly be called, one of the founders
of the modern school of the bayan) began teaching in 1968 at the
Rostov Musical Pedagogical Institute. In 1988, Semionov was invited
to be a Professor of Gnessins Russian Academy of Music. Over fifty
of his students have been competition winners at international level
and many others of his students have won national competitions.
Yuri Shishkin, Anatoli Zaikin, Youri Dranga, Yuri
Medianik, Alexander Poeleuv, Alexander Selivanov have received
their education from Prof. Semionov.
addition to his intensive teaching schedule, he pursued his career
on the concert stage, for which he received the following accolades:
the title "Honoured Artist of Russia"
Vice-President of the Music Committee of the
degree of Professor
at the Gnessins Russian Academy of Music, Moscow.
the Silver Disk at the Intern. Festival "Bayan and Bayanists"
the highest possible honour "People's Artist of Russia"
by President Boris Yeltsin
awarded at the International Competition of Composers in Moscow
to the Confederation
Internationale des Accordeonistes Music Committee
the Merit Award of the Confederation
Internationale des Accordeonistes
of Friendship presented by the President of Russia, Vladimir
As well as often being invited to give master classes at conservatories
in Russia and abroad, he is frequently asked to judge at international
competitions. Since 1991 he has been playing duo with his wife Natalia
Semionov who plays the domra (a traditional Russian folk instrument).
They have given concerts in the USA, China, and extensively throughout
well known as a composer for the bayan. His compositions, "First
Sonata", "Basquriad - Second Sonata" "Four Rhapsody:
Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Estonia", "Don Rhapsody",
"Frescos - Concert for Bayan ansprice No. 2", and others,
are considered standard repertoire by many accordionists in the
world and his works are compulsory pieces for many international
accordion competitions. His compositions have been published in
both Russia and Germany. He has recorded several LPs and cassettes
and in1996 his first CD "Semionov plays his Transcriptions"
Viatcheslav Semionov is outstanding musician, performer, composer and teacher, People's Artist of Russia, professor, member of the Union of Composers of Russia, awarded the “Friendship” medal, Vice-President of the Music Committee of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA, IMC-UNESCO) and the Interregional Association Accordion (MABA, Russia), winner of international competitions of composers and performers. In 2013 he was awarded the “Paolo Soprani” prize (Italy) for his outstanding contribution to the development of the accordion art.
Compositions of Viatcheslav Semionov can be constantly heard at major international competitions as well as in the programs of world-renowned musicians.
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