Sergey Zheludkov


Sergey Zheludkov was born in Donetsk. He began to learn music at the age of 3. He got elementary musical education in Moscow at A.S. Dargomyzhsky's music school. He continued his education in the M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov's college at the department of choral conducting and composition, where his main teachers were composer Alexander Flyarkovsky, Stanislav Gusev (artistic director of the Yurlov's State Academic Capella) and composer Efrem Podgaits. At the same time Sergey took lessons from Viktor Popov, the founder, artistic director and chief conductor of the Big Children’s Choir of the National Radio and Central Television and the founder of the Academy of Choral Singing. Graduating from college, he continued his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory at the department of opera and symphony conducting with Gennady Rozhdestvensky and studied composition with Roman Ledenev.

..."The orchestra conducted by Sergey Zheludkov draws attention from the first minutes. Having a worthy leader, the orchestra wins listeners with its exceptional performing qualities: perfect congruence, emotionality, timbre and dynamic variety, depth of sound, breath.
One should make special mention of Sergey Zheludkov as a conductor, original, professional, bright and talented musician."
(Efrem Podgaits)

In 2007, Sergey Zheludkov was a participant of the master-class of choral conducting in the project “National Youth Choir of Russian conservatories”. He was awarded the 2nd prize in the IV'th and became the winner of the V'th all-Russian competition of musical and educational programs (2007,2009).

The e
xtensive repertoire of the conductor includes Russian and foreign contemporary music as well. A characteristic feature of the performing style of Sergey Zheludkov is a desire for maximum melodiousness and expressiveness of the orchestra.

..."Sergei Zheludkov is a unique artist. His art intertwines most sincere and humane lines, filled with powerful force and spirit.
A fine musician and gifted composer and conductor, founder and leader of "The First Symphony Orchestra", Sergey Zheludkov is a worthy follower and successor of traditions of the Russian performing art. "
(Alexander Flyarkovsky)

Sergey Zheludkov is an author of symphonic, chamber, vocal, choral works, music for children, arrangements of Russian folk, popular and military songs, music for films and theatrical performances.

Sergey Zheludkov's music included in the repertoire of world-famous bands and musicians (The Moscow State Academic Choir conducted by Vladimir Minin, The Sveshnikov's State Academic Russian Choir, The Big Children’s Choir ofthe Russian state radio “Voice of Russia”, Vladimir Miller, Yuri Vishnyakov, Zourab Sotkilava), is often performed in the world best concert halls (The Great Hall of the Moscow International House of Music, The Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall , The Concert Hall of the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg), presented at festivals and competitions, included in the curriculas of leading Russian higher music institutioThe  works of Sergey Zheludkov published in the Swiss edition of "Musica Neo" and from 2014 in the publishing house "Modern music" (Moscow).

The works of Sergey Zheludkov published in the world-famous publishing house Carus-Verlag GmbH & Co, "Musica Neo" (Switzerland) and Russian publishing "Modern Music".

..."Creative work of Sergey Zheludkov represents the brightest example of distinctive, exquisite, thoroughly comprehended art. It embodies the most sincere and bright images. The music attracts due to its naturalness, native, plaintive tunes. It fascinates and makes one think simultaneously. .
His choral cycles, such as "Five choruses to lyrics by Russian poets", "Youth", "Three prayers for bass and male chorus", "Christmas Songs", cantatas "Voice from the Chorus", "Golden Dream" are closely connected to creative works of Kastaltsky, Gretchaninov, Chesnokov, Kalinnikov, Taneyev, Sviridov, Gavrilin , Ledenev . In these compositions Zheludkov follows the traditions of the Russian school of composition, developing genres of choral miniature, concert, cantata, and poem.
Composer’s style of Zheludkov wins the audience due to its melodic richness, fresh musical language and at the same time bold simplicity which is unique nowadays.  The composer follows the word, its artistic embodiment. He takes care of each accord without going beyond the human voice and meanwhile achieving incredible strength in music and drama".
(Vladimir Minin)

..."The music by Sergey Zheludkov is something brand new, unusual, vivid and very natural in contemporary art. It does not just attract but really wins the hearts of performers and listeners by its extraordinary purity, poetry, love, serious philosophical reflections, depth and extraordinary simplicity and beauty at the same time. Created with the greatest skill and filled with melodic scattering, it certainly found its way to the most secret and hidden parts of the human soul".(Evgeniy Krylatov)

The big concert dedicated to The 400th anniversary of the Romanov House which consisted of Sergey Zheludkov’s works performed by the soloists of Moscow musical theaters and choirs in 2013.

In 2014, the Davide's Hermitage Male Choir released a CD dedicated to The 500th anniversary of its foundation, which included choral spiritual works of Russian composers also contained "Three concerts" for the choir composed by Sergey Zheludkov.

In 2014, upon the invitation of the rector of the Academy of Arts and Innovation, Sergey headed the Department of classical music. Along with teaching activities he regularly gives master-classes, participates in the jury of competitions.

“The First Symphony Orchestra” is a unique community of professional musicians, founded in 2010 by Sergey Zheludkov.

The orchestra musicians are permanent participants and awardees of the Russian and international competitions. Inexhaustible energy and enormous creativity of the orchestra allows to realize an extraordinary and memorable projects.

"The First Symphony Orchestra” has a great concert repertoire, which contained a lot of rarely performed compositions of the past and present.

The orchestra is particularly interested in the works of XX century,s composers and the music of contemporary authors, tries to support perspective young composers.

Undoubted jewel of the repertoire of  "The First Symphony Orchestra" are the works of Sergey Zheludkov, as well as his author's transcriptions and arrangements of world famous musical masterpieces.

The mission of the orchestra is to preserve and develop the best Russian and worldwide performance traditions.

“The First Symphony Orchestra” considers its most important aim to promote actively Russian music of XX century and the present, reveal new talented performers and composers and ensure the continuity of generations.

  Sergei Zheludkov