Violinist, Laureate of International Violin Competitions,
Soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society
First Prize Winner –Vaclav Huml International Violin Competition (Zagreb, 2009)
First Prize Winner – Hubay-Szigeti International Violin Competition (Budapest, 2007)
Fourth Prize Winner – Henrik Wieniawsky International Violin Competition (Poznan, Poland, 2006)
“Lev Solodovnikov is a rare and unique violinist. His playing combines various performance qualities, each of which is a measure of skill and high professionalism: virtuosity, possession of form, stylistic fidelity, depth in reading musical text and artistry.
However, the principle thing that distinguishes Lev Solodovnikov amongst his colleagues is his education, which one notices from the first touch to the instrument and which makes the process of intonation a highly intellectual one. We hear not just a high-performer, but a musician with bright personality and depth.
His “smart” and at the same time brilliant playing creates a unique atmosphere in the hall when the listener is captured and it is not possible to wander. You become enchanted by the bright external effects of the violin and its spiritual revelation, which suddenly emerges in familiar musical works.”
Elvira Arkhangelskaya, Musicologist
“A huge palette of sounds, considerable freedom in the technical expression, an impressive repertoire and, finally, an innate artistry suggest that Lev Solodovnikov is in the company of young contemporary artists worthy of constant communication with the widest musical audience.”
Eugene Barankin, Music Critic
“… Lev Solodovnikov successfully combines intellectualism and artistic gift. I’m not even talking about the knowledge of an instrument. He has an interesting approach: if during preparation for a concert he doubts something, he gathers on the performance to the maximum and delivers the best version.”
Edward Grach, Professor of the Moscow State Conservatory
Lev Solodovnikov was born in 1987 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, into a family of musicians. He entered a music school at the age of 6 and started his violin studying with Professor Lilya Kozlova.
Since 1997, Lev Solodovnikov has continued his training at the Special Music College at the Ekaterinburg State Conservatory beginning with the Honored Cultural Worker, Professor Irina Mezrina, then with Professor Vladimir Reva. In 2004, Lev was accepted at the Central Music School for gifted children at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory into the class of Professor Edward Grach. From 2006 to 2014, Lev studied with Professor E. Grach at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (since 2011 – as a post-graduate student). 2014 – 2015 Lev studied for the Artist Diploma at the Queen Elisabeth Muisc Chapel (Belgium) with Professor Augustin Dumay and Professor Tatiana Samouil.
Currently Lev Solodovnikov holds the positions of the concertmaster of the Kaluga Youth Symphony Orchestra (Russia) and an assistant of Professor Edward Grach.
Lev Solodovnikov is a laureate of various Russian and international violin competitions:
1999 – 3rd prize winner at the “Young Artist Assambly”
2004 – Laureate of “New Names” Competition
2005 – 1st prize winner at the International Violin Competition in Kloster Schoental, Germany
2006 – 4th prize winner at the Henrik Wieniawsky International Violin Competition, Poznan, Poland
2007 – 1st prize winner at the Hubay-Szigeti International Violin Competition, Budapest, Hungary
2009 – 1st prize winner at the Vaclav Huml International Violin Competition, Zagreb, Croatia
2013 – 2nd prize winner at the First Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition, Lviv, Ukraine
During his studies, Lev was a scholar of International charitable organization “New names” and Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.
In 1999 Lev was invited to master-classes by “Young Artist Assembly” in Ruza, Russia. In 2000 Lev visited “New Names” master-class in Suzdal, Russia. Lev took part oftentimes at the world famous Keshet Eilon International Violin Master-classes (Israel), at the master-class in Abbaye Royal de Celles-sur-Belle (France) and at the master-class of Julian Rachlin Chamber Festival (Dubrovnik, Croatia), where he studied with Professors Edward Grach, Ida Haendel, Ivry Gitlis, Shlomo Mintz, Vadim Gluzman, Pavel Vernikov, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Petru Munteanu and Ani Schnarch.
Lev Solodovnikov gives performances in numerous cities of Russia, countries of Western and Eastern Europe. He played with Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Chamber Orchestra “Moskovia”, Ekaterinburg Chamber Bach Orchestra, Ekaterinburg Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Yaroslavl State Symphony Orchestra, Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Lille National Orchestra.
He performed together with Maestro Edward Grach, Michael Hoffstetter, Christopher Warren-Green, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Maria-João Pires, etc.
Lev Solodovnikov was a member of France – Russian cultural program “Stradivari – dialog”.