Universe Guitare (France) has famously dubbed Artyom Dervoed the “Tsar of the guitar”. This bold claim is
backed by the growing international demand, an active recording career, and no less than 16 first place
awards in various international competitions. A regular guest on the world’s most prestigious stages,
including the Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall,
Bunka Kaikan, and Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mr. Dervoed is among the most eminent
champions of the classical guitar. Having mastered the entire standard orchestral, chamber and solo guitar
literature, he is significantly expanding the existing repertoire through collaborations with leading
composers, whose works he inspires, commissions and performs.
Mr. Dervoed fell in love with the guitar as a child and became the first Russian to win two of the most
prestigious contests, Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition in Italy and Her Royal Highness Princess Cristina
Competition in Spain. The international attention allowed him to focus on recording projects, including the
album of new works by Russian composers, which was released worldwide on Naxos in 2008 and became
one of the top ten bestselling chamber music records. “If your current budget runs to just a single item,
make this the one,” advised the UK Classical Guitar Magazine. The following year, Mr. Dervoed recorded
the music of the Cuban classical guitar legend Leo Brouwer. His latest release (Ghosts & Shadows, Melodia
Records, 2015) representing a survey of the 500 years of Spanish music, was nominated for the ICMA Best
Solo Performance Award in the “Solo Instruments” category.
A magnetic personality and a bona fide virtuoso, Mr. Dervoed has an active media profile in Russia. He is
frequently invited to speak on TV and radio about the classical guitar, its historic significance, musical
versatility and exciting future. The recent world premiere of Stephen Goss’s Guitar Concerto based on
Paganini’s Grand Sonata for Guitar and Violin, with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra,
was nationally televised, reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers. A highly anticipated series of
educational videos is slated for a social media release later this year. Mr. Dervoed is the head of the
classical guitar department at the Bashmet Center in Moscow and teaches a select group of young players
at the prestigious Gnesin Academy as well as the Moscow State University of Culture & Arts.
Mr. Dervoed is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the annual Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International
Festival, presented by the Moscow Philharmonic at the Tchaikovsky Hall. Its programs feature Sergio and
Odair Assad, Boris Berezovsky and other international stars in solo, chamber and orchestral performances,
including Russian and world premieres of new guitar repertoire, all of which are streamed online. Last
year’s festival opened with Mr. Dervoed’s performance of his own transcription of Beethoven Violin
Concerto with the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Mastrangelo.
Born in Southern Russia, Mr. Dervoed began his guitar studies with Sergey Annikov, Elena Svetozarova and
Leonid Reznik. He later trained with Prof. Nikolay Komolyatov at the Schnittke Music College and Gnesin
Academy in Moscow, Aniello Desiderio at the Koblenz Guitar Academy in Germany, and Oscar Ghiglia at
Accademia Chigiana in Italy. Recognized as “a musician with a wide dynamic range, an intelligent and
expressive phrasing, and a technical facility with no discernible limitations,” (Editions Orphee, USA), he has
received honorary scholarships from the City of Moscow, Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation, and
the Russian Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Artyom Dervoed uses D’Addario strings and is the first Russian classical guitarist endorsed by Yamaha.