Anatoly Izotov, one of the outstanding young classical guitarists of Russia, is the Art-director of the International Khorev Festival and Guitar Competition.
Anatoly Izotov was born in June 4 in 1983 in Saint Petersburg. An interest to the guitar was noticed at an early age, but the musical instrument he began his musical education with was the piano. Only at the age of 13, having heard a classical guitar for the first time in his life, Anatoly was so impressed by its sounding that a wish to play this instrument flared up with a great power!
In 2000 Anatoly finished the musical school named after V.V. Andreev. He was a student of Galina Nikolaevna Garnishevskaya. After that he continued his education being a student of one of the best guitar teachers of Russia an International competitions laureate – Alexey Alexeevich Khorev. In addition to these classes he learned harmony and composition at Saint Petersburg Union of Composers. In 2008 Anatoly left for Belgium to continue his education at the Brussels Royal Conservatory under a Greek virtuoso guitarist – Antigoni Goni. He also took part in master classes of many prominent guitarists such as Aniello Desiderio, Manuel Barrueco, Marcin Dylla, Johan Fostier, David Russel, Judicaël Perroy and other.
During his studies Anatoly was awarded 18 prizes at the international competitions such as:
● 2nd prize at Andrés Segovia International Competition (Spain)
● 2nd prize at Koblenz International Guitar Competition Hubert Käppel (Germany)
● 1st prize at Saint Petersburg International Competition “Guitar Virtuosos” (Russia)
● Grand Prix at Ivana Ballu competition (Dolny Kubin, Slovakia)
● 1st prize at “Dniprovsky Sudzyria” competition (Kiev, Ukrania)
● 1st prize at Ville d’Antony competition (Paris France)
● 1st prize and a special award at John Duarte competition (Rust, Austria)
Anatoly’s musical individuality was influenced by his fondness of different musical genres especially jazz and oriental folk music. His love to improvisation was revealed at musical school and now it plays an important role in the creative work of the musician. Apart from his solo activity Anatoly takes part in a few ensembles which play absolutely different repertoire from Piazzolla to Greek folk music.
In 2013 Anatoly Izotov was awarded with the Saint-Petersburg Prize for Young Artists “for the achievements in Arts and Culture”.