Anatoly Sheludyakov, UGA resident accompanist and senior academic professional in piano, will perform as part of the Faculty Artist Series in Ramsey Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
His performance will include three Beethoven “Bagatelles,” which in French translates to “trinkets.” Starting with Beethoven, composers use this word as a genre to refer to a series of different miniatures. This program includes Bagatelle Opus 33 (1802), Opus 126 – 6 bagatelles which was Beethoven’s final works, and Opus 119, which merged 11 bagatelles at the behest of publishers after Beethoven’s death.
Tickets are $3 for UGA students with a valid ID and $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at music.uga.edu or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400. The UGA Performing Arts Center is located at 230 River Road in Athens.
Sheludyakov, a native of Moscow, graduated as a pianist from the Gnessin’s Musical Academy and completed his doctoral studies there under professor Anatoly Vedernikov. He later graduated as a composer from the Moscow Conservatory under professor Tikhon Khrennikov. His compositions include Variations for Orchestra, Ostinato for Orchestra, Suite for Oboe and Piano, Suite for Violin and Piano, the cantata Brotherhood Songs, six vocal suites and many other compositions.
Sheludyakov was winner of the 1977 Russian National Piano Competition. In 1999, he was awarded the name “Merited Artist of the Russian Federation” for remarkable achievements in piano performance and excellent collaborative artistic activities. He has performed solo concerts with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber music in the most prestigious concert halls in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other major cities throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, China, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Australia and the U.S. His repertoire includes the major works for piano, piano and orchestra, and piano chamber of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.
Sheludyakov has recorded 26 CDs of piano solo and chamber music and has performed on Russia television and radio. Additionally, the musical channel “Orpheus” in Moscow recorded a lot of Sheludyakov’s performances, along with lectures, which were aired many times.
Prior to his UGA appointment, Sheludyakov was a member of the Moscow State Philharmonic Society and maintained a private piano studio. He is a permanent member of the “Guild of Russian Composers.”