« An absolute and complete musician: magnificent violinist, excellent pianist, conductor and composer – what more can you expect ? All in one person! » IVRY GITLIS
Born in Moscow, Anton Martynov begins to play first the piano and then the violin, which he studies with Irina Svetlova and Vladimir Spivakov at the Gnessine School and Academy and with Dora Schwarzberg in Brescia and Gigino Maestri in Milan Conservatory. He follows an astonishing journey which allows us to hear him as a soloist very early on, to find him as a member of the Anton Quartet from 1995 onwards, then collaborating with Philippe Herreweghe and Marc Minkowski, but we also discover this fascinating musician on the viola, piano, harpsichord, organ, as well as a conductor and composer. Martha Argerich invites him to the Lugano Festival in 2012 and since then they have been performing regularly together in Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Their Shostakovich Trio, given at the opening of the Bologna Festival, is a huge success. Another outstanding figure in Anton’s life is the violinist Ivry Gitlis, his friend and collaborator, to whom he dedicates a Biographical Ouverture performed at the Salle Gaveau in Paris for his 90th birthday.
Anton approaches a singular repertoire that he enriches with his personal touch: his own cadenzas for Mozart and Brahms concertos, transcriptions of Barber, Bach, Schubert, Veracini and Rameau and even his own concertos and other works. As soloist and conductor he collaborates with the Orchestra of the Italian Switzerland, the Maggio Musicale,the Chamber Orchestra of the Bolshoi and Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra, the Modo Antiquo, the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, the Apollo Ensemble and the State Symphony Orchestras of Istanbul, Izmir and Montenegro. His chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Boris Berezovsky, Andreas Brantelid, Enrico Fagone, Gérard Caussé, Ivry Gitlis (whom he also accompanies on the piano), Philippe Graffin, David Guerrier, Diana Ligeti, Xavier Phillips and Vadim Repine, to name but a few.
Among his present engagements are his performances of Paganini’s 24 Caprices in Cittadella and Venice, the recitals with Nicholas Angelich and Vassilis Varvaresos in Paris and with Alexander Gurning in Belgium, concerts with the Bolshoi Chamber Orchestra in Moscow and with Martha Argerich and ReEncuentros at the Tonhalle Zurich as well as TV and radio appearances in France, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Russia.
Anton has recorded more than a dozen CDs. Among them his live recordings of the Lugano Festival are in the collections of the Martha Argerich Project (EMI, Warner Music) and get nomination to Grammy Award in 2017, three other are dedicated to today’s composers Antonio Santana (Erol, 2014 and 2018) and Alexander Mansourian (Brilliant Classics, 2017). The first two recordings of the « Music for Two » series with Kremena Nikolova (NovAntiqua Records) make the front page of the revue Péché du Classique in 2016 and receive the nomination for the International Classical Music Awards in Luxembourg in 2017. The recording of Federico Maria Sardelli’s Violin Concerto under the direction of the composer (Brilliant Classics) was awarded 5 Diapason stars in France in 2014, the recording of the 12 Concertos Op.4. (La Stravaganza) by Vivaldi with Federico Maria Sardelli (Dynamic, 2018) gets excellent reaction of the BBC Music Magazine and is awarded 5 stars in the Italian revue Musica in 2019.
Anton received the Order of Merit from the Caisse d’Epargne Ile-de-France (distinguished Grand Mécène de la Culture by the Ministry of Culture) for his talent of soloist and composer and his musical commitment. Founder and artistic director of the festival Le Printemps du Violon, he is also violin professor at the Royal Conservatory of Mons, Belgium. In 2018, he founded a new chamber orchestra, the Vivaldi Society, which made its debut at the Squadratori Hall of the Arsenal in Venice.