cordionist
Alexander
Sevastian
 

 

Alexander Sevastian

photo by Asya Akhoundov                        

 

 

 

 

 


Alexander Sevastian was born on October 2nd, 1976 in Minsk, Belarus. He started playing the accordion at the age of seven.

After finishing the musical school in 1991 he entered the Glinka Musical College in Minsk where he was taught by Myron Boula. After finishing the college he entered the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow in the class of Professor Friedrich Lips. In July 1998, Alexander was trained by Professor Elsbeth Moser at the Sofia Goubaidulina Master Class in Avignon, France.

In 1996 - 2001 he was working in the Russian TV and Radio orchestra (art director Nickolai Nekrasov). With this orchestra he recorded many TV performances and radio archive tapes.

Alexander regularly took part in the music festivals such as "Moscow Autumn", "Bayan and Bayanists", "Young Composers Introduce…"

Since April of 2001, Alexander has been living in Toronto, Canada. He has been playing with Toronto Woodwinds, an ensemble that was awarded the first prize at “The Golden Accordion International Competition” in December 2001 (New York).

In May 2002 he completed his post-graduate course in Moscow (class of Professor Friedrich Lips). and also completed an Advanced Certificate in Performance program from the University of Toronto (class of Professor Joseph Macerollo).

He has performed concerts in 30 Russian cities as well as concerts in Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and Japan. He has given several premier performances, including the works of Berinsky, Bronner, Korolchuk, Zelenski and Khondo.

Since September 2002 Alexander has been playing with an internationally recognized group “Quartetto Gelato” www.quartettogelato.ca. He has been touring regularly in both the United States and Canada with this ensemble.

In November 2002 he made his debut with the Hamilton Symphony (under Boris Brott) and has since performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as well with orchestras in Victoria, Quebec City, Kelowna, Kamloops, Windsor, Edmonton, Charleston, Mississauga, Sioux City and Nanaimo.

In 2007 he won the prestigious Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, held in Washington DC. Since that time his solo engagements have included appearances in Mexico, Serbia, Portugal, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the USA and several major tours in Canada.
 

 

 

"Sevastian is a sensitive and accomplished performer in this crowd-pleasing jewel"
     -The Wholenote, Toronto, Canada
 
"Johann Sebastian would himself have marvelled at the colours Sevastian’s fleet fingers pulled from his instrument. Astonishing!"
     -Oliver Daily News, Oliver, Canada
 
"Sevastian masters the accordion with the most absolute swiftness"
     -La Press, Montreal, Canada
 
"A bravura piece by Aram Khatchaturian, played brilliantly by Sevastian..."
     -Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna, Canada
 
"Extremely passionate, yet refined, Sevastian gave a truly inspiting performance"
     -Canadian Journal of Physics, Antigonish, Canada
 
"Lots of infectious humor and some world-class accordion-playing by Alexander Sevastian..."

     -The Naples News, Naples, USA
 
"The speed and the dynamic intensity with which he played made it obvious to all
that his International competition accolades were well deserved"
     -The Tribune, Nassau, Bahamas

"Button accordionist Alexander Sevastian played the solo part sweetly and modestly, with evident skill on his instrument."
     -The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada

 

 


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International Accordion Competition Awards:

  • 1995 - Klingenthal (Germany) - 2nd prize
  • 1995 - Moscow (Russia) - 4th prize
  • 1996 - Castelfidardo (Italy) - 3rd prize
  • 1997 - Mondragon (Spain) - 2nd prize
  • 1998 - Moss (Norway) - Winner
  • 2000 - Cherepovets (Russia) - Winner
  • 2001 - San Antonio (USA) - Winner
    2007 - CIA 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships - Winner

Alexander is most recently the winner of the
"ATG Anthony Galla-Rini International Competition for Classical Accordion"
San Antonio, Texas, USA

and the
 
2007 CIA Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships
Alexandria, VA (Washington DC)

 

 

Solo Concert Program includes the following and more:

  • J. S. Bach - Toccata and Fugue d-moll
  • W. A. Mozart - Organ fantasia f-moll
  • C. Franck - Chorale h-moll
  • D. Scarlatti - 4 Sonatas
  • F. Mendelssohn - Scherzo
  • M. Moshkovski - Spanish Capriccio
  • F. Schubert - Moment Musicale
  • S. Goubaidulina - De Profundis
  • S. Berinsky - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
  • S. Berinsky - Cinema
  • E. Derbenko - Toccata
  • V. Zolotariew - Partita
  • C. M. von Weber - An Invitation to the Dance
  • E. Derbenko/G.Rossini - La Danza
  • A. Khachaturian - Toccata
  • A. Repnikov - Capriccio
  • A. Piazzolla - Contrabajeando
  • A. Piazzolla - Sentido Unico
  • A. Piazzolla - Floras Game

 


 

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Composer Track Title
W. A. Mozart Organ Fantasia F-minor K. 608
W. A. Mozart 12 Variations on a French Song "Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman" KV 265
(aka "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star")
V. Zolotaryov (1942 - 1975) Partita
1. Allegro
2. Grave
3. Andantino
6. Presto
V. Zolotaryov (1942 - 1975) Sonata No. 3
1. Maestoso - Allegro ben ritmico
2. Allego Moderato
3. Largo - Funebre
4. Allegro vivaco con anima
C. M von Weber An Invitation to the Dance (bonus track)
.mp3 Sample Sound Files Track, Time and File Size
W. A. Mozart from Organ Fantasia F-minor K. 608 - 1,481 KB (duration 1:34)
W. A. Mozart from Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman -1,995 KB (duration 2:07)
V. Zolotaryov from Partita - 1,278 KB (duration 1:21)
V. Zolotaryov from Sonata No. 3 - 1,440 KB (duration 1:32)

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Composer Track Title
G. Shenderyov (1937 - 1984) Russian Dance
V. Korolyov (1976 - ) Impromptu on "Oi ty Rozh"
Fantasia on 'Oi moroz moroz"
S. Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Vocalise
Barcarolle
M. Mussorgsky (1839 - 1881) The Gnome
Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
V. Semionov (1946 - ) Don Rhapsody No. 1
P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) October: Autumn Song
November: Troika
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
I. Panitsky (1906 - 1990) Oi da ty Kalinushka
V. Zolotaryov (1942 - 1975) Chamber Suite
1. Evening Prelude
2. Moonlight Spurting Outdoors
3. Snowfall at Night
4. Mysterious Visions
5. I am Calling Instances of Gloomy Sorrow
6. An Old Fairy Tale
.mp3 Sample Sound Files Track, Time and File Size
M. Mussorgsky from Ballet of Unhatched Chicks - 895 KB (duration 0:57)
P. I. Tchaikovsky from Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - 843 KB (duration 0:53)
V. Schenderyov from Russian Dance - 1,213 KB (duration 1:17)
V. Korolyov from Oi ty Rozh - 977 KB (duration 1:02)
 

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Composer Track Title
J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)
D. Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) Sonata in D minor (K9 L413)
Sonata in D Major (K96 L465)
Sonata in E Major (K380 L23)
F. Schubert (1797 - 1828) Moment Musicale in F minor
S. Goubaidulina (1931) De Profundis
A. Repnikov (1932) Capriccio
S. Berinski (1946 - 1998) Thus Spoke Zarathustra (4 movements)
1. Cadenza, 2. Dance, 3. Chorale, 4. Lullaby
Ye. Derbenko (1949) Paraphrase on the theme of Rossini's 'Tarantella'
A. Khachaturian (1903-1978) Toccata
F. Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Scherzo from a 'Midsummer Night's Dream' Suite
S. Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Scherzo
.mp3 Sample Sound Files Track, Time and File Size
J. S. Bach from Toccata & Fugue in D min. - 1286 KB (duration 1:22)
D. Scarlatti from Sonata in D Maj. (K96 L465) - 624 KB (duration 0:39)
A. Khachaturian from Toccata - 646 KB (duration 0:41)
S. Rachmaninov from Scherzo - 752 KB (duration 0:48)
 

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2012
March 16 Wheaton, IL, USA Edman Chapel 8 pm with Quartetto Gelato
March 18 Columbus, OH, USA The Bluestone, 2 pm
March 27 Hettinger, ND, USA Solo Concert
March 28 Bottineau, ND, USA Solo Concert
March 29 Brainerd, MN, USA Solo Concert

April 6 Evanston, IL , USA Solo Concert
April 10 Spindale, NC, USA Foundation PAC - 7.30 pm with Quaretto Gelato
April 12 Florence, AL, USA The Shoals Theatre - 7.30 pm with Quaretto Gelato
April 21 Burnstown, ON Neat Coffee Shop - 8 pm with Quartetto Gelato
April 25 Kirkland Lake, ON Northern College Auditorium - 7.30 pm with Quaretto Gelato
April 27 Walkerton, ON, Canada Victoria Jubliee Hall with Quartetto Gelato
April 28 Hamilton, ON, Canada Lincoln Alexander Centre with Quaretto Gelato

July 8 Westben, ON with Quartetto Gelato
July 14 Piopollis, QC with Quartetto Gelato

August 2 Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON World Premiere of Mikhail Bronner`s "Capriccio 1812" with the Glenn Gould String Quartett
August 3 Parry Sound, ON with Peter De Sotto
August 7 Parry Sound, ON "Musical Magical Circus" with Quartetto Gelato
August 25 Skaneateles, NY tba
August 30 Montmagny, QC tba

September 23 Conwey, AR with Quartetto Gelato
September 24 Conwey, AR with Quartetto Gelato

November 24 Kilmarnock, VA with Quartetto Gelato

December 15 Toronto, ON Koerner Hall with Quartetto Gelato
2013
January 12 Birmingham, AL tba

February 17 Raymond, WA Ravana House

March 13 London, ON with Quartetto Gelato and London Symphony

April 27 Aylmer, ON with Quartetto Gelato

May 11 Regina, SK with Quartetto Gelato and Regina Symphony
 

 
  

Alexander Sevastian
Alexander Sevastian is represented by the "Agence Station Bleue"
 
USA and Canada
Annick-Patricia Carriere ap.carriere@stationbleue.com   Phone: (514) 529-5717
 
China
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For all other information
Alexander Sevastian
166 Foxwood Road
Thornhill
Ontario, L4J 0G3
CANADA
 
Home telephone: (905) 597-2944
Cell phone in Canada: (416) 738-6390
 
E-mail: sevastian2004@gmail.com