Described by the critics as glowing, flashing and brilliant, Duo Petrof is integrated by Mexican pianists of Russian descent Anatoly Zatin and Vlada Vassilieva*, and their performances are acclaimed in America, Europe and Asia. The contagious dynamism that characterizes this duo has set new standards in four-hand performance, surprising audiences by their originality, creativity and success.
Highlight performances include Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Bohemian National Hall in New York; Royce Hall in Los Angeles; the First International Art Festival in Kyrgyzstan; Semper Music International Festival in Italy; the Kulturforum in Berlin; the festivals Musical Spring and Silver Lyre (Russia); Sofia Music Weeks (Bulgaria); the Fine Arts Palace and National Auditory in Mexico City, among many others.
Their album 88x2, Music for two pianos (Columna Musica, 2015) won Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards 2015 and Bronze at the Prestige Music Awards 2016. Their famous version for two pianos of El Jarabe Tapatío has been nominated for the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards. They were recognized by the 2016 Mexican Music Awards as the Contemporary-Classical Duo of the Year, receiving the award at Symphony Space in New York City.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2013 the duo released the album Idilio Mexicano. That year they were invited to perform the first concert on the newly released Antonin Petrof pianos, in celebration of the 150 years of Petrof Pianos in the Czech Republic. With the intention of supporting and promoting young talent they created the concert series “Duo Petrof presents” in 2012. Their recital in Dallas, Texas was named among the best concerts of 2011 by the performing arts magazine Theater Jones. They were the only ensemble awarded with an Honorary Mention at the 2009 Web Concert Hall music contest.
Duo Petrof was founded in 2003, with the intention of promoting the world repertoire for piano duet and two pianos, in a project of collaboration between the University of Colima and Petrof Pianos in Mexico. Since 2008 the Duo expanded its horizons by representing Petrof Pianos worldwide. Vlada Vassilieva and Anatoly Zatin teach at the University of Colima in Mexico.
* Duo Petrof is an ensemble in residence at the University of Colima
* Anatoly Zatin and Vlada Vassilieva are Petrof Art Family members
Composer, pianist and conductor Dr. Anatoly Zatin is winner of international music competitions and frequent performer at the most important music festivals around the globe. He has been awarded the prestigious Mozart Medal in 2015 and the UNICEF Medal of Honour in 1990 for his activities as pianist and conductor. He has toured Sweden, Norway, Deutschland, Finland, England, France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, China, Korea, United States of America and Mexico in numerous occasions, performing at many of the world’s most important concert venues. He has recorded for companies such as ‘Melodia’ in Russia, ‘Azzura Music’ in Italy, and ‘Aurora Records’ in Japan. Graduated as Doctor of Musical Arts at the San Petersburg’s Conservatory of Music, Dr. Zatin is professor at the University of Colima in Mexico where he was also chairman of the Music Department (2001-2011) and dean of the Fine Arts institute (2011-2016).
Winner of the 2010 Nadia Reisenberg award for pianists in New York City; laureate of international piano competitions in Mexico, Unites States, Canada and Ukraine; a noted soloist and chamber musician, Vlada Vassilieva has performed at the principal concert venues in America, Europe and Asia. Fulbright Garcia-Robles grantee in 2008; performing fellow by the National Foundation for Culture and Arts in Mexico in 2007; MM at Mannes College for Music in New York City, BM at the Fine Arts Institute of the University of Colima, Ms. Vassilieva is a faculty member at the Music Department of the University of Colima since 2006 and since 2015 guest faculty at the National Music Conservatory in Mexico. Audience and critics alike appreciate her mature performances, impetuous character and stage presence.