Biography

Born in 1954, Anatoly Zatin graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory of Music as composer (PhD in 1983), concert pianist (MM in 1979) and orchestral conductor (MM in 1977). As composer he continues the traditions of the Russian school of composers: Sergey Slonimsky, S. Marton and M. Levin; and in 1979 he became the youngest member in the history of the Union of Composers of St Petersburg (formerly of the USSR). 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 Wind Association 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.
In 1990 Dr. Zatin was presented with the UNICEF Medal of Honour for his activities as pianist and conductor. He was Artistic Director of the Musical Theatre and principal conductor of the BACH Chamber Orchestra in Yekaterinburg, Russia, from 1990 to 1992. As guest conductor with the Leningrad State Orchestra he made series of concerts and recordings for the USSR Central Radio station; as well as for ‘Melodiya’ record label with several orchestras and ensembles, as conductor and pianist. In 1998 he produced the CD ‘Anatoly Zatin & BACH Chamber Orchestra’ with the University of Colima in Mexico. In 2000 he conducted Moscow Festival Symphonic Orchestra for the CD recording ‘Lalo-Sarasate-Korssakoff’ (Azzurra Music). He toured Italy, France and Austria as guest conductor with San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra (2005), and conducted the Mozart International Piano Festival in Shanghai (2006). In Mexico he has conducted the Mexico City Philharmonic, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra and Jalisco Philharmonic. Renowned soloists as Boris Berman, Pierre Reach, Dmitri Bashkirov, Vladimir Viardo, Shigeyuki Takano, Elizabeth Vidal, Jean Dubé, and Anton Querti have performed under his baton.
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 (formerly Leningrad), International Art Festival in Korea, Stratford Shakespeare Festival in England, UNESCO International Festival in Leningrad, Black and White International Piano Festival in Mexico, Musicalta Festival in Alsace, Silver Lyre Chamber Music Festival in St Petersburg, Mozart International Festival in Shanghai, and many others. 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 halls: National Arts Palace and National Auditory in Mexico; Opera City in Tokyo; St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Hall, First Concert Hall in Stockholm, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Carnegie Weil Hall in New York, Foro Confalone in Rome, Shakespeare Theatre in England, and the Philharmonic halls in Estonia, Georgia and Ukraine.
Dr. Zatin has served as member of the jury at national and international piano competitions in Mexico, Ukraine, the Netherlands, United States of America and Canada. His master classes in piano, conducting and composition can be appreciated at Zell an der Pram Austrian Master Classes, the International Summer Music Academy in Kiev, Music on the Rhine in Germany, Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, as well as in United States of America, Japan, China and Mexico. With pianist Vlada Vassilieva he formed Duo Petrof in 2002, winning the 10th Web Concert Hall competition in 2009. They have toured Mexico, United States, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, and in 2008 presented their first CD at the Music China International Expo in Shanghai. Both are Petrof artists internationally since 2008. At the present time Anatoly Zatin is Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Colima in Mexico.