Svetlana Savenko, born in Moscow, graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire where she studied with Juri Kholopov as a musicologist. As a singer she was a student of Dora Beljavskaja. She is Professor of Russian Music at the Moscow State Conservatoire, and author of more than 100 publications (including several books) in
Russian, English and German. The major fields of her specialization as a musicologist and as an interpreter are Russian music, music of the twentieth century including avant-garde and contemporary music. Her extensive repertoire includes works by Schoenberg, Berg, Webern (complete songs with pianist Yuri Polubelov), Bartók, Cage, Eisler, Hindemith, Krˇenek, Zemlinsky; those of Russian composers (Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Roslavets, Mosolov, Myaskovsky, Shillinger among others); as well as works written specially for her (such as Vladimir Tarnopolsky’s Chevengur). Savenko has performed as a soloist of Ensemble Studio New Music (Moscow), with which she has appeared in such prestigious concert halls as the Moscow Conservatoire, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Grosses Konzerthaus in Berlin. She has participated in many festivals in Russia and abroad, and has toured in Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Great Britain and USA.
As a Duo Svetlana Savenko and Yuri Polubelov have performed together since 1997. Their repertoire comprises more than 350 songs for voice and piano, from Stravinsky and Schoenberg to Russian composers. They have given a number of world premières, among them compositions written specially for the Duo, such as the song cycles of Valentin Silvestrov and the vocal pieces of Leonid Hofman and Alexander Knaifel. The Duo are also committed to promoting vocal repertoire under special themes, for instance “Silhouettes of the Silver Age”, “In Schoenberg’s Direction”, “Hundred Years of New Music”, “Stravinsky: Nursery and Music Hall”.