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Vladislav Lavrik (Trumpet)

Vladislav Lavrik has become known as one of the most outstanding trumpeters of his generation in both the classical and jazz performance styles. Born in Zaporozhie, Ukraine in 1980, Lavrik was twice the winner of the Dokshitzer Competition of Young Trumpeters (1994 and 1996) and in 1994 won the Classical Heritage International Competition in Moscow. He was also a prizewinner in Moscow's International Festival of Young Soloists in 1997 and 1998. Since 2006, he has been a Yamaha Artist in Russia.

After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 2000, Lavrik joined the Russian National Orchestra. In 2001, at the age of 20, he was appointed Principal Trumpet, the youngest person to hold a principal chair in the history of the orchestra.

In addition to his extensive work with the RNO, Lavrik appears frequently as a guest soloist with other orchestras and ensembles, including Yuri Bashmet's Moscow Soloists and Constantine Orbelian's Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Lavrik is the leader of the RNO Brass Quintet.

His performances as featured soloist on the RNO's Summer 2002 US Tour earned rave reviews, the San Francisco Classical Voice declaring that he "displayed the kind of innate musicality that is beyond teaching."

During March 2008, Lavrik appeared as soloist with the U. S. Marine Band in what the conductor announced was the first time a Russian soloist had performed with the ensemble known as "The President's Own." He garnered a standing ovation with a performance of Alexander Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto. He also participated as a judge of brass ensembles and taught master classes at the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, Virginia.

In September 2008 Lavrik completed a five-state US tour that featured an all-Russian recital program, a series of master classes, and a solo appearance with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Meyer. In reviewing the concert, North Carolina Classical Voice reported, "Lavrik is a no-nonsense, young (not yet 30) trumpet player with a fine technique. He showed a lot of musical sense in his interaction with the orchestra during the virtuoso piece. The counterpoint sections involving trumpet and woodwinds were especially fine."

In December 2008, in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Lavrik performed the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and Trumpet with Yefim Bronfman and the Moscow Soloists, conducted by Yuri Bashmet. Again in June 2009, he performed the Shostakovich Concerto with Denis Matsuev and Italian conductor Giancarlo De Lorenzo in Tyumen, Russia.

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