SHAH SADIKOV - BIO
Hailed by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as a 'young artist who performs with verve and highly polished virtuosity', Shah Sadikov enjoys an exciting career as a conductor, violist, and music educator. Now in his 3rd season as Music Director of the Hays Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Sadikov is also an assistant professor of upper strings and orchestra director at Fort Hays State University.
In 2015, Mr. Sadikov co-founded and became the CEO and conductor of a non-for-profit arts organization, NAVO (navoarts.com), whose mission is to create unique programs that challenge, entertain, and enrich the lives of underserved communities in the Midwest. This season NAVO will release its debut CD featuring the world premiere of Ingrid Stölzel’s Autumn’s Orchestra, and perform the Kansas premieres of Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings with Steven Spooner, Rihm’s Chiffre 1 and 2, and Pintscher’s A Twilight Song.
Mr. Sadikov appeared as a conductor, soloist, and principal violist with the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Radio Chamber Orchestra of Uzbekistan. He also conducted ensembles such as the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Berlin Sinfonietta, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Kansas Wesleyan Chamber Orchestra, Medomak Symphony Orchestra, and newEar Contemporary Ensemble among others.
As violist, Mr. Sadikov performed in festivals that include Aspen, Sarasota, Halcyon, Killington, Cottonwood, and Vladimir Spivakov's "Moscow Meets Friends". He produced two recordings with the rapper Tech 9 under the Strange Music label, and recorded two CD’s of viola works by Brahms, Schumann, Clarke, and Ingrid Stölzel. He recently performed recitals in Germany, Uzbekistan, and the United States, and played his Carnegie Hall debut in 2014.
As a founding member of Wakarusa Trio, Mr. Sadikov is a first prize winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, American Protégé International Competition and MTNA Competition, as well as a Bronze medalist at the Chamber Music Foundation Competition of New England. As a soloist, he is a laureate of several international competitions such as the 2005 Young Artist Competition of the Republic (Uzbekistan) and the 2006 International Competition in Almaty (Kazakhstan).
Mr. Sadikov began playing the violin at age seven and studied at the Uspensky School of Music and the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan. His teachers and mentors include Robert Spano (Atlanta Symphony), Ludovic Morlot (Seattle Symphony), Michael Stern (KC Symphony), Patrick Summers (Houston Grand Opera), Larry Rachleff (Rice University), Federico Cortese (The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra), Cliff Colnot (DePaul University), and Donald Schleicher (University of Illinois). He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Park University's International Center for Music (studies with Ben Sayevich, Daniel Veis, and Martin Storey) as well as Master's degrees from the University of Kansas and the Detmold Hochschule fur Musik (studies with Peter Chun, David Neely, and Diemut Poppen). Mr. Sadikov taught at Park University’s Youth Conservatory, Ioudenitch Academy of Music and Arts, and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kansas in addition to giving numerous master classes.
Upcoming engagements include an invitation to conduct the Orquestra Sinfonica de Piracicaba in Brazil, Shenyang Symphony in China, National Symphony Orchestra and Turkiston Chamber Orchestra in Uzbekistan, as well as an opera debut at Navoi National Opera Theater in Uzbekistan. Mr. Sadikov currently performs on superb contemporary instruments, both, viola and violin made by Douglas Marples.