Denis Savelyev

Flute

Hometown: Lviv, Ukraine

Alma maters: Lviv Special Music School named after Solomia Krushelnytksa, Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow, Mannes School of Music

Instagram: @denis.save

TŌN photo by Matt Dine

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Awards/Competitions: 1st Prize, 2017 New York Flute Club Competition; 1st Prize, 2008 Uzhgorod Competition; 2nd Prize, 2016 Bida Competition in Lviv

Appearances: Primorsky stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, Vladivostok, Russia, 2013–14; The Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center, Moscow, 2013; Kremlin Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, 2013; New York Symphonic Ensemble, summer tour, 2016; International Regional Orchestra, Germany, 2010–13

Musical origins: I was 5 years old when I started playing the flute and I felt so special by being able to play on the flute. I had good music skills when I was in kindergarten, so the teacher recommended me to play on the instrument.

Favorite composer fact: Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens used to enjoy imitating ballet dances when they were at The Moscow Conservatory together.

Favorite fact about your instrument: Flutes are the earliest extant musical instruments.

The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: Live music sounds better then any recording.

Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Swimming

Favorite painting: The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice every day, just the same as you dream every night.