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Biography

Alexander MitenevBorn in St. Petersburg, Alexander Mitenev begins playing music on accordion at the age of nine upon an agreement with his father to buy a dog (Elisa The Dog passed away in 2002). His first lessons took place in a club belonged to “The Machine Works” factory.

Before Alexander turned his 16 he’s already a well-known accordionist and obtains Dm. Likhachev scholarship.

In 1997 he’s accepted to St. Petersburg Academy of Art as a student of prof. Nicolay Kravtsov, a prominent musician and inventor of a unique accordion keyboard that wiped off the key and button distinction. During years of studies Alexander mastered his own way of playing chamber music for accordion. At the same time he attends master classes of J. Mornet, F. Lips, V. Semenov. He plays music in Germany, Norway, Bulgaria, Finland, Sweden, Italy.

In 2004 Alexander graduates from Academy of Art and forms “ClubTango Orquesta” in order to satisfy his great desire to play “Tango Nuevo” (“New Tango”) music. Next year ClubTango wins Gran-Prix of European Music Festival for youngsters in Belgium. Same year Alexander accidentally buys his first “Alfred and Arnold” bandoneon and tries to cope with it by himself, involving into his performances.

Later on Alexander studies at World Music Academy in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) together with maestros Victor Villena (“Gotan Project”, “El Despues”), Gustavo Beytelmann and Leo Vervelde (“Sexteto Conyengue”), plays bandoneon in OTRA Orquesta Tipica.

Since then he works closely together with tango communities, plays tango on milongas (tango dancing venues) and in concerts. He’s a guest artist of many international musical and tango festivals such as “Tango of White Nights” and “Musical Olympus” in Russia, “Sata-Hame Soi” in Finland, “Tango Fest” and “VDF” in Sweden, “Tango Argentino” in Germany.

As a soloist he appears together with Pablo Zinger, Leonardo Granados, Juan Villareal, Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott and other great musicians. His latest projects “Concerto para bandoneon y orquesta”, “Evolution of Tango” and “Tango Killer” are well known in Russia and abroad.

Alexander plays a unique “Ebony Pearl” bandoneon – a masterpiece of a bandoneon.


Projects, festivals and working experience

2012 - 2014
- "Misa Tango" by Luis Bacalov together with “New Russia” orchestra and The Yurlov's Chapell (Moscow, 2014);
- New program “Concerto Grosso for bandoneon” (Smolensk, 2014);
- Siberian concert tour of “ClubTango Orquesta” (2013);
- Charity concert program for “Heroes Foundation” together with maestro Kwame Ryan (Port-of-Spain, 2012);
- Duo “Tangus Dei” with Natalia Michaylova (organ) was born (St. Petersburg, 2012);
- New program “Cinemusic: Isaac Schwartz and Nino Rota” (Nizhny Novgorod, 2012);
- Different music festivals (Kazan, Penza, Murmansk etc.);

2008 - 2011
- “Musical Olympus” International Music Festival (St. Petersburg, 2011);
- XX Easter Festival (St. Petersburg, 2011);
- “Tango of Love” together with The Presidential orchestra of the Republic Belarus (Minsk, 2011);
- “Legends of Tango” together with The Pacific symphony orchestra (Vladivostok, 2011);
- “Opera gala” together with Anna Netrebko (soprano) and Erwin Schrott (bas-bariton) (St. Petersburg, 2010);
- “PORUNACABEZA” Project together with Pablo Zinger (piano, USA) and Leonardo Granados (tenor, USA) (Moscow, 2010);
- 1’st. “AstorFest” International Tango Music Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2010);
- 34’th. “Citta' di Castelfidardo” International Award for accordion soloists and bands (Castelfidardo, Italy, 2009);
- 3’th. “Libertango” International Award for Astor Piazzolla's music (Lanciano, Italy, 2009);
- “AstorFest” International Astor Piazzolla Music Festival (Kiev, Ukraine, 2009);
- “Tango of White Nights” Tango Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009);
- 1'st "Odessa Guitar Land" International Competition (Odessa, Ukraine, 2009);
- 5’th. “Doble Ocho” Tango Festival (Nijmegen, Netherlands);
- “46’th. Internationale Akkordeonwettbewerb” (Klingenthal, Germany, 2009);
- 6’th. “Vivat Accordion” International Festival (Klaipeda, Lithuania);
- Gala concerts and lectures in Russian-German House (Kaliningrad, Russia);
- Monthly concerts, appearances and venues together with OTRA Orchestra and “Cuartito Azul” Tango Club in Rotterdam;

2005 – 2007
- 53’th. European Music Festival for Young People (Neerpelt, Belgium, 2005);
- VDF Folk Music Festival (Ransater, Sweden, 2004-2005);
- “Tango of White Nights” Tango Festival (St. Petersburg, 2004);
- “Nevskaya Milonga” Tango Festival (St. Petersburg, 2005);
- Release of CD album “Obsessed by the Sun” together with “ClubTango” Quartet (2005);
- Scenic premiere of “Maria de Buenos Aires” tango operetta by Astor Piazzolla together with Seattle Chamber Players (Moscow, 2006);
- “Tango Argentino” Intern. Festival (Wuppertal, Germany, 2007) together with OTRA Orchestra;

2003 – 2004
- “Sata-Hame Soi”, International Festival (Ikaalinen, Finland, 2004-2005);
- 29’th. “Citta' di Castelfidardo” International Award for accordion soloists and bands (Castelfidardo, Italy, 2004);
- “Tango of White Nights” Tango Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2004);
- Release of CD album “Harmonica Forever” together with “Harmonica” Orchestra (2004);
- Membership and activities within Gatchina Philharmonic Society;

2000 – 2002
- “Hopes, Talents, Masters” Intern. Festival (Dobrich, Bulgaria, 2002);
- Concert tours to Finland (2000, 2002) and Estonia (2000, 2001);
- Collaborating with composers, among them Eugene Doga, Isaac Schwartz, Vadim Bibegran and Alexander Smelkov;
- Concerts together with Pavel Smirnov Orchestra;
- Teaching accordion at “Ippolitov-Ivanov” Music School (Gatchina);
- “Pavel Smirnov” International Festival and Competition “Folk Music Against Drugs” (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2002);

1997 – 1999
- 47’th. European Music Festival for Young People (Neerpelt, Belgium, 1999);
- “Nordland Musikkfestuke”, International Festival (Bodo, Norway, 1999);

1994 – 1996
- “Baltica-Harmonica” International Prize (St. Petersburg, Russia, 1996);
- “Stars of accordions” International Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia, 1996);
- Concert tours to Germany (1995), Finland (1995) and Norway (2006);


Awards and Scholarships

- 34’th. “Citta' di Castelfidardo” International Award for accordion soloists and bands (Castelfidardo, Italy, 2009) – I Prize and Diploma;
- 3’th. “Libertango” International Award for Astor Piazzolla's music (Lanciano, Italy, 2009) – I Prize and Diploma;
- “46’th. Internationale Akkordeonwettbewerb” (Klingenthal, Germany, 2009) – I Prize and Diploma;
- 53’th European Music Festival for Young People (Neerpelt, Belgium, 2005) – Gran Prix;
- 29’th. “Citta' di Castelfidardo” International Award for accordion soloists and bands (Castelfidardo, Italy, 2004) – Gran Prix;
- “Pavel Smirnov” International Festival and Competition “Folk Music Against Drugs” (St. Petersburg, Russia, 2002) – I Prize and Diploma;
- “Hopes, Talents, Masters” Intern. Festival (Dobrich, Bulgaria, 2002) – I Prize and Diploma;
- 47’th European Youth Music Festival (Neerpelt, Belgium, 1999) – I Prize and Diploma;
- “Excellence” Diploma from Russian Ministry of Culture (2001);
- “Star of Prometheus” scholarship established by academic Dmitry Likhachev (1997);
- “Baltica-Harmonica” International Prize (St. Petersburg, Russia, 1996) – I Prize and Diploma;





Diary
22 Dec. 2015
Black&white musicians
My teacher prof. Nikolay Kravtsov told me that the accordionist's appearance should only have white teeth and white accordion keys, the rest must be black. Though I ddo not play accordion for a white, I got the lesson. :)

18 Nov. 2015
A few photos from the St. Petersburg premiere of "Misa Tango" and other works by Luis Bacalov.
I's like also to mention that I know how to wait. Dreamed to play this masterpiece for like 10 years, but had not expected it to happen in my home city, in my home Philharmonic, not to say that conducted by the author himself.

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Tel: +31(0)634276487


In Scandinavia:
PL 28, 20201 Turku
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In Russia (St. Petersburg):
e-mail: Alexander Mitenev
Tel: +7(921)7951045

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