Anatoly Zatin

Anatoly Zatin


Anatoly Zatin graduated from the St Petersburg State Conservatory of Music as composer, orchestral conductor and concert pianist. He became the youngest member in the history of the Union of Composers of St Petersburg in 1979 and a few years later made his conducting debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic. He continues the traditions of the legendary Russian school by studying, collaborating and being influenced by musicians Ilya Musin, Ravil Martynov, Evgeny Mravinsky, Sergei Slonimsky, Pavel Serebriakov, Yury Ananiev, Abraham Logovinsky, Alexandra Vavilina, Anatoly Nikitin, Timofei Dokshitzer, Vladimir Kafelnikov, Yury Kramarov, and many others.

Dr. Zatin has been awarded numerous prizes in the artistic and musical environment: first prize at the Kiev Competition for Young Composers and Pianists (1968); second prize at the Sergei Prokofiev International Piano Competition (1979); prize of the Brass Bulletin for his Triple Concerto for French Horn, Trumpet, Piano and orchestra (1981); prizes of the USSR Association of Musical Theatre Artists for the best musical of the year (1987 and 1990), among others. He was presented with the prestigious Mozart Medal in 2015 and in 1990 with the UNICEF Medal of Honour for his activities as pianist and conductor.

He served as artistic director of the Ekaterinburg Musical Theatre and principal conductor of the B-A-C-H Chamber Orchestra in Russia. As guest conductor with the Moscow Philharmonic he made recordings for the USSR Central Radio station, for ‘Melodiya’ and for Azzurra Music in Italy. In 1990 he was presented with the UNICEF Medal of Honour and in 2015 with the prestigious Mozart Medal in Mexico.

Throughout his career Dr. Zatin has performed at the most prestigious music festivals in the world: International Festival of Contemporary Music in Hungary, Musical Spring in St Petersburg, International Art Festival in Korea, Shakespeare Festival in Stratford upon Avon, UNESCO Festival in Leningrad, Black and White Piano Festival in Mexico, Musicalta in Alsace, Silver Lyre Chamber Music Festival in St Petersburg, Mozart Festival in Shanghai and many others. He has toured over 20 countries performing at many of the world’s most important concert venues: National Arts Palace and National Auditory in Mexico, Opera City Hall in Tokyo, St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, First Concert Hall in Stockholm, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Carnegie Hall in New York and Foro Confalone in Rome.

Dr. Zatin frequently serves as member of the jury at piano competitions in Mexico, United States of America, Canada, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and China. His master classes can be appreciated at the Petrof Fest in Czech Republic (where he also serves as Artistic Director), Semper Music Festival and Cremona International Music Academy in Italy, at Zell an der Pram Austrian Master Classes, the Summer Music Academy in Kiev, at the International Piano Festival of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, as well as United States of America, Japan and Mexico.

With pianist Vlada Vassilieva he formed Duo Petrof in 2003. The ensemble quickly attained international recognition winning numerous awards for their recordings, touring in Europe, Asia and America, and being praised by audiences and critics alike ( Since May 2020 Vlada Vassilieva and Anatoly Zatin serve as presidents of the WPTA Piano Duo association.

Since 1999 Dr. Zatin is on faculty at the University of Colima in Mexico, where he established the professional music education programs and served as Chairman of the Music Department (2001-2011) and Dean of the Fine Arts Institute (2011-2016). Many of his students have pursued successful international careers.