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Stunningly talented Svetlana Smolina is a highly sought-after world-renowned classical pianist who has performed, recorded, and collaborated with many famous musicians in numerous major world music centers. 

 

Described by LA Times as “an outstanding pianist with luxuriant tone,” and by New York Times as "mesmerizing and dynamic", Svetlana has won several prestigious international competitions and is among “The Best Pianists of the 21st Century”.


"Simply flawless" (Toronto Performing Arts Examiner)

Svetlana Smolina

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“Svetlana is an extraordinary pianist. I brought a guest to this concert who has had advanced piano studies at some of the same schools that Svetlana attended. We both marveled at her enormous physical and technical capacity, artistic expression in her performance. Our Chickering piano is a rare vintage piano with a more powerful bass section. Svetlana was the pianist that brought out the full potential of this piano’s sound during my tenure with the Lompoc Concert Association. Such passion combined with precision and musical expression. - A very memorable concert!”  Larry Li, President, Lompoc Concert Association

"Mesmerizing and dynamic"  New York Times

 

"Outstanding pianist with luxuriant tone."  LA Times

 

"Simply flawless."  Toronto Performing Arts Examiner

 

"She gets  the most extended standing ovations ever during the season concerts."  The Day

 

" First class virtuosity. "  Steinway Hall NYC, Classical &Cultural

 

"Producing dazzling effects, bringing audience close to frenzy."  Herald Tribune

“Smolina displayed full command and charmed her way through Preludes of op. 28… Playing with vigor and vitality, easily shifting from one mood to another, sure of technique and subtle phrasing. She produced dazzling effects…Smolina brought audience close to frenzy.”  Gayle Williams, Richard Storm, Sarasota Herald Tribune

“Svetlana Smolina created a storming, breathing piano in Scriabin’s Fantasy in B minor...”  
New York Times, Paul Griffiths

 

"Smolina played with alternating deftness and thoughtfulness ... In the excerpts from The Firebird, Svetlana showed an energy and fire that were almost startling in so slight a frame."  Independent, the London, Laurence Hughes

 

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Programs

Audience favorites from the greatest masters: Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Strauss, Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Bizet. 

 

F.Schubert- F.Liszt “ Der Muller und der Bach “

R.Schumann- F.Liszt “ Widmung”

F.Liszt Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat Major 

 

F.Chopin Scherzo No. 2 

Or

Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23   

 

F.Chopin Selection from Waltzes (Op. 64 & Grand Waltz Brilliante Op 18  

 & Grand Valse Op. 42 in A flat major)  

 

     --------------- Intermission ---------------

 

F.Liszt Consolation in D Flat Major No 3

F.Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1  

 or

Ch.Gounod- F.Liszt “Waltz from the Opera Faust”

 

M.Moszkowsky Caprice Epagnole Op. 37 

 

J.Strauss   Concert Paraphrase “On the beautiful Blue Danube “  

Or

M.Balakirev “Islamey” Oriental Fantasy  

 

V.Horowitz-G.Bizet “Carmen Variations”

R.Schumann Arabesque in C major

R.Schumann – F.Liszt “Widmung “

F.Liszt Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat Major

F.Chopin Ballade No. 1

Or

F.Chopin Scherzo No.2

Or

F.Liszt  Apres une lecture du Dante/Fantasia Quasi Sonata 

 

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S.Rachmaninoff  Selections from Preludes Op 23 & 32

Or

P.I.Tchaikovsky – M.Pletnev “Concert Suite from the Ballet “Nutcracker “

Or

P.I.Tchaikovsky Selections from “The Seasons “Op. 37a

 

S.Rachmaninoff  Sonata No. 2 Op. 36 in B flat minor

The Greatest Romantics

Music of the Heart

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Works by Gershwin, Earl Wild, Strauss, Bizet, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Bolcom   

 

P.I.Tchaikovsky  Concert Suite from the Ballet “Nutcracker"  

F.Chopin Scherzo No. 2   

Or

F.Chopin Ballade No 1 Op. 23

 

F.Chopin  Selections from Waltzes or Preludes  

J.Strauss  Concert Paraphrase “On the beautiful Blue Danube “ 

 

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G.Geshwin Three Preludes  

Or

S.Rachmaninoff/ P.I.Tchaikovsky- Earl Wild Transcriptions  

 

G.Gershwin- Earl Wild Selections from Virtuoso Etudes based on G. Gershwin Songs  

 

W.Bolcom The Serpent's Kiss (from "The Garden of Eden")    

 

F.Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 or Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Or

G.Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue  

 

V.Horowitz- G.Bizet “Carmen Variations”  

Dances, Lieders & Transcription Delights

 

F.Schubert Intermezzo D 946 in E flat major

Or

Impromptu in B flat Major Op. 142 No 3 in B flat Major & Impromptu in G flat

 

Major & E flat Major Op. 90 No. 3 & 2   

Or

J.Brahms Intermezzi 

 

F.Schubert – F.Liszt  Lieder Transcriptions  

Or

F.Chopin  Scherzo or Waltzes

 

F.Liszt Liebestraum in A Flat Major No 3

  

F.Liszt- Gounod “ Waltz from Faust “ 

Or

F.Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1 

Or

F.Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

                             

-----------------Intermission -----------------

 

P.I.Tchaikovsky  Concert Suite from the Ballet “Nutcracker   

 

S.Rachmaninoff- Earl Wild  Transcription

 

S.Rachmaninoff Polka de W.R   

Or

S.Rachmaninoff – F.Kreisler “Liebeslied” 

 

M.Moszkowsky  Caprice Espagnol Op 37 

Or

 A.Ginastera Argentinian Dances Op. 2

 

J.Strauss  Concert Paraphrase “On the beautiful Blue Danube “

Or

M.Balakirev “Islamey “ 

 

W.Bolcom The Serpent's Kiss (from "The Garden of Eden")

V.Horowitz-G.Bizet “Carmen Variations”

All Time Favorites in one evening

Let’s Fall in Love

Works by Liszt, Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Tchaikovsky

 

F.Schubert –F.Liszt  Lieder transcriptions

Or

F.Schubert  Selections from “Intermezzi and Impromptus”

Or

F.Chopin Ballade No. 1 or Scherzo No.2

 

F.Liszt Liebestraum No 3 in A flat Major 

Or

F.Chopin Selection from Waltzes

 

F.Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1  

Or

F.Liszt- Ch.Gounod Waltz from “Faust “

Or

F. Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 2

 

 

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S.Rachmaninoff Selections from Preludes Op 23 & 32  

Or

P.I.Tchaikovsky – Pletnev Concert Suite from the Ballet “Nutcracker “

Or

P.I.Tchaikovsky Selected numbers from “The Seasons “Op 37a

Or

Cl.Debussy Selections from “Images “and “Preludes “

 

S.Rachmaninoff   Sonata No. 2  Op. 36 in B flat minor

19 - 20th centuries Favorite Classics

Biography

SVETLANA SMOLINA performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. A recipient of “New Names” scholarship program, her notable appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Dublin Philharmonic, South Florida Symphony, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber. A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Ms. Smolina has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia Rising Stars, White Nights, Maggio Musicale, Mikkeli, Ruhr, Moscow Easter, Rotterdam Phillips Gergiev, International Gilmore, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Michelangeli, Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House, The Voice of Music in Upper Galilee, in Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Mozarteum, Merkin Hall, Kravis Center, NJPAC, Yellow Lounge Berlin, Gulbenkian Foundation, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Corfu Festival in Greece, New Names and  D. Sakharov Festival in Russia.

Recent recordings include Stravinsky’s Igor Stravinsky Les noces (Valery Gergiev, conductor on Decca/Phillips and on Mariinsky Label which received ICMA award), a recording of solo Chopin Album for the Chopin iTunes Project, Benjamin Britten Young Apollo live recording from Walt Disney Hall for BCM+D record, Scriabin CD on Pentatone Oxingale Records and many broadcasts for NPR, WQXR New York, BBC, PBS, RAI, Kultura TV and other networks.

In the summer of 2011 Svetlana joined iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles, making her debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall with iPalpiti Orchestra (Eduard Schmieder, conductor). Since 2011 Svetlana is a Director of the piano programs at Philadelphia International Music Festival. In 2014 Svetlana won “Live on Stage” live showcases and was chosen as their only Classical Pianist Artist for 2015-16 season.

 

In 2014-15 Vadim Repin gave a series of concerts /presentation with Svetlana at the residences of Ambassador of Russia in Washington DC and in London UK for Maestro Repin’s Trans -Siberian Art Festival. Their recital in March 2015 in Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada received an astonishing critical acclaim. In July 2015 they performed a recital as part of "2015 – Russian Year in Monaco Shining Stars of Russia” concert series in the Salle Garnier, Monte-Carlo Opera for Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

 

In 2015-16 season Svetlana opened the season with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Juvenil in Lima, Peru, and was chosen as the soloist on the New Year tour to China with Dublin Philharmonic/ Maestro Derek Gleeson performing Rachmaninoff Concerto throughout in 7 cities including Suzhou Grand Theater, Harbin New Opera House and Harbin Concert Hall, Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, Tianjin Grand Theater and in Changsha opening its new Concert Hall.

Highlights of 2016-2017 include performances and recordings at the inauguration year/ opening of Tippet Rise Festival in Montana together with Christopher O’ Riley with released CD on Pentatone Oxingale Records, duo recitals with Vadim Repin at Cartagena Music Festival in Teatro Colon, Bogota for “2017 Columbia- France Year”,  in Bangalore, Mumbai India for XXV Lakshminarayana Global  Music Festival, at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy; Carnegie Hall recital with Lee-Chin Siow, concert at  Sentosa World Theater in Singapore concert for International Women Day/Chinese Chamber of Commerce, masterclasses in Singapore at NAFA, tour with South Florida Symphony/Maestra Sebrina Alfonso in Florida and a recital in Buenos Aires, Argentina at CCK Symphony Hall for “The Best Pianists of the 21st Century “series”.

 

In the Spring of 2018 Svetlana played at the opening night of Navrasa Duende Global Carnival with Dublin Philharmonic on Nehru Stadium/ New Delhi; performed a duo recital at Basel Stadtcasino, Switzerland with Charlie Siem, made her debuts with Missouri Symphony /Maestro Kirk Trevor, Eastern Connecticut Symphony with Maestro Toshi Shimada, gave masterclasses/ workshops and a concert tour in China for Winplus International.

 

Invitations for 2019 included a debut at Lake Tahoe Festival with Maestro Joel Revzen , orchestra and solo debut at the Ushuaia, Festival Argentina, a chamber concert at VI Trans-Siberian Arts Festival with Vadim Repin and Alexander Kniazev, recitals in Sarasota for Chopin project, solo recital and recordings in Bangalore, India with Dr. Subramaniam for Sree Rama Seva Mandali Festival; an orchestra recording of Beethoven Double Concerto with  Maestro Derek Gleeson and Pavel Sporcl at Bulgarian National Radio in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

Most recent engagements included debut with Maestro Daniel Boothe and Symphonicity at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, performances with Maestro Evgeny Bushkov and Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra, with Maestro Vladimir Plaksin and Dmitry Stoyanov with Nizhny Novgorod Soloists Chamber Orchestra,  recitals for the Hemet Concert Association, Ca, Wolfeboro Friends of Music, MA,  duo recitals in with Roberto Cani  and Evgeny Tonkha in USA and at the Cremona  International Festival/Italy; concert at the Primate’s Palace in Bratislava, Slovakia with Eva Virsik, recital in Megaron Chamber Hall in Athens for the Piano Plus Festival, the closing of the season concerts for IX Trans- Siberian Art Festival with Vadim Repin and Narek Hakhnazaryan and for South Florida Symphony 25 th Season Anniversary at the Parker Playhouse/Broward  Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Upcoming invitations include a recital tour in Brazil in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Burgos Festival in Spain with Schmuel Magen, Pasha Tseitlin, and Linda Veleckis Nussbaum, a tour in China including duet concerts with Vadim Repin at NCPA/ Beijin, at Shanghai Concert hall, in Xiamen at the Banlam Grand Theater, in Schenzen and in many other cities with Dublin Philharminic/ Maestro Derek Gleeson/ Pavel Sporcl, violin as well as recitals at the Prizery in South Boston,  at the Lompoc Concert Association,  at the Friends of Music/ Fripps Island, and at the Triumph Music Festival at the Kimmel Center Music Academy in Philadelphia.

 

Svetlana is a Grand Prix Winner of Citta Di Senigallia International Piano Competition, Kingsville Piano Competition, William Byrd Young Artists Piano Competition and a Prize Winner of Murray Dranoff International Duo Piano Competition and Shreveport Symphony Wideman Piano Competition. Mrs. Smolina studied at Indiana University with Professor Alexander Toradze, joining his famed Toradze Piano Studio; at Balakirev Music College with Natalia Fish, at Oberlin Conservatory with Monique Duphil, at Brussels Royal Conservatory with Eugeny Mogilevsky and at University of Michigan with Arthur Greene where she received her DMA.

Concerto Repertoire

 

J.S. Bach                      

Concerto in D Major BVW. 1054

Concerto in F minor BVW 1056

Concerto in D minor BVW 1052

 

L. V. Beethoven      

Concerto No. 1 in C Major Op. 15

Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op.  19

Triple Concerto in C Major Op. 56

 

William Bolcom      The Serpent Kiss (from “The Garden of Eden”)

 

J. Brahms                 Concerto No. 1 in D Minor Op. 15

                                    

F. Chopin                 Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Op. 11

 

M. de Falla               Nights in the Gardens of Spain

 

G. Gershwin           Concerto in F major Rhapsody in Blue

 

E. Grieg                    Concerto in A Minor Op. 16

 

F. Liszt                       Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major

 

W. Lutoslawski        Variations on a theme by Paganini

 

F. Mendelsohn       Concerto in G Minor Op.25

 

W.A. Mozart           

Concerto in E flat Major K. 271 

Concerto in A Major  K. 488

Concerto in D Minor K. 466

 

M. Ravel             Concerto in G major

 

S. Rachmaninoff   

Concerto no. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1

Concerto no. 2 in C minor Op. 18

Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op.43

 

A. Scriabin     Prometheus, the Poeme of Fire

 

R. Schumann      Concerto in A Minor Op. 54

 

Cl. Schumann       Concerto in A minor  Op. 7

 

D. Shostakovich   

Concerto No. 1 in C minor Op.  35

Concerto No. 2   in F Major Op. 102

 

P. Tchaikovsky

Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23

Concerto No. 2 in   G Major Op. 44

Solo Repertoire

 

J.S. Bach

Selected Preludes and Fugues from Book 1 & 2

Italian Concerto

Toccata in E Minor

English Suite No. 3 in G minor BWV 808

 

J.S. Bach- Busoni

Choral Preludes

 

J.S. Bach- Siloti

 Prelude in B minor

 

M. Balakirev

“ Islamey “  Oriental Fantasy

 

L. V. Beethoven

"Eroica" Variations in E flat Major op. 35

Sonata in A Major Op. 2 No. 2

Sonata in C Sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2

Sonata in F Minor Op. 57

Sonata in E Major Op. 109

Sonata in A flat Major Op. 110

 

J. Brahms

Ballades Op. 10

3 Fantasies Op. 116

Intermezzo Op. 117

Rhapsodies op. 72

Selected Pieces from Op. 118, 119

Waltzes Op. 19

 

Bizet – Horowitz

"Carmen" Variations

 

F. Chopin 

Andante-Spianato et Grand Polonaise Brilliante in E flat Major Op. 22

Ballades No.  1 in G Minor Op. 23; No. 3 in A flat Major Op.  47

Fantasy in F minor Op. 49

Etudes

Mazurkas

Nocturnes

24 Preludes Op. 28

Polonaises

Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58

Scherzo :

No.1 in B Minor Op. 20;

No 2 in B Flat Major Op. 36

No.3 in C sharp minor Op. 39  

No. 4 in E major Op. 54

Waltzes

Waltzes Op. 64

Grand Valse Brilliante Op. 18

Waltz in A flat Major Op. 42

 

Cl. Debussy

Images Book 1 & 2

L’ Isle Joyeuse

Preludes Book 1 & 2

Pour le Piano

 

G. Gershwin

3 Preludes  (1926)

Rhapsody in Blue

G. Gershwin - Earl Wild

Virtuoso Etudes based on G. Gershwin Songs

 

 A. Ginastera

Danzas Argentinas Op. 2

Sonata

 

Ch. Griffes

Sonata 1917

 

N. Kapustin

Concert Etudes 

 

F. Liszt

Concert Etudes

Transcendental Etudes

Consolation in D flat Major

Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 2, No. 12, No. 15

"Liebestraum" No. 3 in A flat Major

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Paganini Etudes No. 2, 3, 6

Sonata Après une Lecture de Dante

2 Sonetti del Petrarca

Spanish Rhapsody

Tarantella from “Venezia e Napoli  “

 

Verdi – Liszt        Rigoletto Paraphrase 

Wagner – Liszt   Isolde’s Liebestod

Liszt- Gounod  Paraphrase on a Waltz from “ Faust”

 

F. Mendelssohn

Fantasie in F sharp minor op. 28

Rondo capriccioso Op. 14

Songs Without Words

 

M . Moszkowsky

Caprice Espagnole Op. 37

The Sparks “Etincelles Op. 36 No. 6 

 

V. A. Mozart

Sonata in C major, K .330

Sonata in A Major, K. 331

Sonata in F major K. 332

 

A. Piazzola

Tangos

 

S. Prokofiev

March for the Three Oranges

“Romeo and Julliet“ Suite Op. 75

Sonatas No.  1, 3, 6, 8, 9

Toccata Op. 11

Visions Fugitives Op. 22

 

S. Rachmaninoff

Etudes – Tableaux Op. 33, Op. 39

Lilacs

Morceaux de Fantasie Op. 3

Musical Moments Op. 16

Polka V.R

Preludes Op. 23, Op. 32

Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 28

Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 36

Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op. 42

 

Rachmaninoff – Kreisler 

Liebeslied,  Liebesfreud

 

Rachmaninoff - Earl Wild

Songs Transcription 

 

M. Ravel

Jeux d’ Eau

La Valse

Mirroirs

Valse Nobles et Sentimentales

 

A. Scarlatti

Sonatas

 

F. Schubert

Drei Klavierstucke D. 946

3 Impromptus Op. 90

Impromptus in B Flat major Op. 142 No. 3

3 Musical Moments Op. 94

Sonata in A major D. 664

 

 F. Schubert- F.  Liszt 

“Soiree de Vienne”

Songs Transcriptions

 

R. Schumann

Arabesque in C Major Op. 18

Fantasiestucke Op. 12

Kinderszenen Op. 15

Kreisleriana Op. 16

Carnaval Op. 9

 

A. Scriabin 

Etudes

Feux d’ Album Op. 58

Fantasy in B Minor Op. 28

Poeme Tragique Op. 34

Poems Op. 32

Preludes

Sonatas No. 3, 4, 5

 

 D. Shostakovich

Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 in D flat Major, F major, D minor

Sonata No. 1 Op. 12 (1926)

Three Fantastic Dances Op. 5

 

Strauss / Shutz- Evler

Concert Arabesque on the Blue Danube Waltz

 

I. Stravinsky

4 Concert Etudes Op. 7

“Firebird“ Suite  

 

P. I. Tchaikovsky

Grand Sonata in G Major Op. 37

Meditation Op.  72 No. 5

Momento-Lirico

Romance  in F minor Op. 5

“Seasons“ Op.37 Bis 

Theme and Variations in F Major Op. 19 No. 6

 

 Tchaikovsky- Pletnev

Concert Suite from the Ballet “ Nutcracker”

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