Arseniy Shkaptsov is Russian bassoonist and conductor. He is involved in both jazz and classical music and aims to strengthen diversity and bring together cultures and traditions through music.
Born in 1993 into a family of musicians, Arseniy was raised with music. At the age of eleven, Arseniy began playing the bassoon and was admitted just two years later to the “Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow,” where he studied under the expert guidance of Professor Stanislav Katenin. As a dedicated young musician, Arseniy was supported by the International Foundations of Vladimir Spivakov and Yuriy Rozum. Thanks to these foundations, he had the honor of performing in numerous prestigious concert halls in Russia as well as abroad. As a young student, he also won a range of international competitions and has been awarded many titles.
In 2011, after winning one of the most important competitions for young musicians “Concertino Praga,” he performed as a soloist with “Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra” in the “Rudolfinum” hall. In the same year he was admitted to the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in the class of Maestro Gabor Meszaros and has been supported by many charitable foundations. During his studies in Switzerland he has gained vast experience both as a soloist and an orchestral musician, collaborating with great musicians such as Kurt Masur, Kristian Jarvi, Mikhail Pletnev, Ennio Morricone, Daniel Schnyder, Martin Kuuskmann, Mario Venzago, Alexandr Vedernikov, and Xian Zhang; and being a part of such orchestras as the “Baltic Sea Philharmonic”, “Orchestra della Svizzera italiana”, “Kammerphilharmonie Graubuenden”, “Basler Festival Orchestra”, “Symphonische Orchester Zürich”, and “International Regions Orchestra”.
Arseniy has a music activity on biggest classical music festivals such as “Usedom Music Festival”, “Schleswig-Holstein”, “Beethovenfest”, “Rheingau musik festival” “Sommerfest Bad Kissingen” etc.
In addition to classical music, Arseniy takes great interest in contemporary music, working with ensembles such as “Studio for new music ensemble”, “900 presente”, and “Boswil,” and with conductors Arturo Tamayo, Nagy Szolt, and Vladimir Tarnopolskiy. He is equally interested in jazz music, playing with the jazz-funk bands “The Sharp Shock”, “Romano Jazz Quartet”, and “Yellow Shoes band”.
In addition to being an accomplished bassoonist, Arseniy is a skilled conductor. He took his first lessons in conducting with his father, who is the chief conductor of the “Philharmonic Orchestra of the Governor of Orel city” and studied with the legendary Ilya Musin method. Throughout his university years, he has demonstrated strong leadership skills and has organized many concerts as a conductor and director of several different ensembles and projects.
In fact, in 2017 he pursued his aim of bringing solo musicians of different backgrounds together by giving birth to a new project, known as the “United Soloists.” The purpose of the project is to unite the best young solo artists from all over the world into one unique orchestra that promotes different cultures and traditions through music and dance. However, the main objective will be to discover and promote the new talents of art industry.
As a bassoonist, Arseniy participated in and won numerous competitions, such as the “All-Russian Woodwinds Performers Competition” (Oryol, Russia. 2nd prize, 2005); “Silver Kamerton” (Oryol, Russia. 1st prize, 2006); “New Names” (Moscow, Russia. Diploma, 2008); “Concertino Praha” (Prague, Czech Republic. 1st prize, 2010.); “International Competition of bassoon, Rossini” (Pesaro, Italy, Diploma. 2012); “Citta di Chieri” (Chieri, Italy. 2nd prize, 2012); “Oldenburg International competition” (Oldenburg, Germany. Half finalist, 2013); “Ard competition” (Munich, Germany. Passed preliminary round, 2013.); “Prague Spring Competition” (Prague, Czech Republic. semi-finalist, 2014); and “Musikwettbewerb Dienemann-Stiftung” (Luzern, winner, 2016).
As a conductor Arseniy has conducted: “Oryol Govern Symphony Orchestra” (Russia), Ruse Philharmonic (Bulgaria), “Teatro Cantu”(Italy), Baltic Sea Philharmonic (Germany).
Currently, Arseniy is developing his career as a conductor while continuing his career as a bassoonist. In 2018 he released the “Canon” album with the group “The Sharp Shock” and in August the release of the album “Bassoonova” with music by A. Jobim is scheduled.