Artyom Dervoed

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“Tsar of the guitar” is the way Universe Guitare has described Artyom Dervoed, acknowledging his
growing international profile, 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, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg,
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Bunka Kaikan, Great Hall of the Moscow
Conservatory and Tchaikovsky Hall, 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
and consistently expanding the repertoire through collaborations with leading composers, whose
works he inspires, commissions and performs. Currently his orchestral repertoire consists of no less
than 37 concerti. In 2024 Artyom Dervoed will premiere Dies Irae Fantasy, a work for guitar and
orchestra written for him by Nikita Koshkin.
In February 2023 Artyom Dervoed toured the Netherlands as a soloist with Sinfonia Rotterdam
Orchestra under the baton of Conrad van Alphen, performing at several major venues including the
legendary Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Other recent highlights include a collaboration with
the world-famous violinist Vadim Repin.
In 2024 Artyom Dervoed releases History of Tango, his new album dedicated to the music of Astor
Piazzolla and Cacho Tirao, on Prima Classic label (US). His touring plans include a debut in Kuala
Lumpur (Malaysia), as well as returns to Italy, USA and Canada.
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 works by Russian composers, which was released worldwide on
Naxos in 2008 and became one of the top ten bestselling chamber music records that year. “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. The album titled Canticum was exclusively released in 2019 on classical music
streaming platform IDAGIO. His third album Ghosts & Shadows: Music of Spain (Melodia Records,
2015) representing a survey of 500 years of Spanish music, was nominated for the ICMA Best Solo
Performance Award in the “Solo Instruments” category. Just before the pandemic crisis Artyom
Dervoed released his fourth album Paganini & Koshkin (Melodia Records, 2020). The album features
Nikita Koshkin’s Megaron concerto, and the first-ever recording of Grand Quartetto – Niccolò
Paganini's Grand Sonata transcribed by Koshkin for guitar and string trio. 
Artyom Dervoed is a founder of Moscow Guitar Chamber Music Festival “Golden Fingerboards” and
the co-founder and Artistic Director of the annual Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International Festival,
presented by the Moscow Philharmonic at the Tchaikovsky Hall since the year 2006. Its solo,
chamber and orchestral performances are streamed online and have featured major international
stars including Pepe Romero, Sergio and Odair Assad, Yamandu Costa, violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky
and pianist Boris Berezovsky. The latter has collaborated with Mr. Dervoed on a program of classical
and contemporary repertoire. In 2016 the 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. This was followed by another world premieres on March 2017 and
2018: Carnival of Venice for guitar with the orchestra by Stephen Goss and Concerto for guitar and
orchestra by Alexander Tchaikovsky.
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, Oscar Ghiglia at Accademia Chigiana in Italy, and Aniello
Desiderio at Koblenz Guitar Academy in Germany. Recognised 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 Vladimir
Spivakov International Foundation, and the Russian Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Artyom Dervoed is endorsed by D’Addario strings, Yamaha Music Russia, Nevaton mics, Leona cases
and Woodside guitar supports.