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Mark Steven Doss, bass-baritone


Mark Steven Doss, bass-baritone

MARK STEVEN DOSS, bass-baritone

The Drozdoff Society is very honored to present the great American bass-baritone, Mark Steven Doss, in a concert of arias and songs. For this concert, he will be joined by Vyacheslav Gryaznov, pianist-composer, with whom he recorded works for The Drozdoff Society in 2017.

Grammy Award winner Mark S. Doss has sung with the major orchestras of Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, and Toronto, while additionally performing 92 roles with more than 60 major opera companies around the world, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, San Francisco Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Mr. Doss’ current season began with Sujskij in Dvorák’s Dimitrij at Odssey Opera in Boston, Méphistophélès in Faust with Ópera Oviedo, and Balstrode in Peter Grimes with Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, having concluded last season as Jochanaan in Salome with Teatre Principal de Palma in Mallorca, Spain; and the title role (to great critical acclaim) in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Dorset Opera in the UK.

With eight major roles at La Scala to his credit, Mr. Doss has also received rave reviews for the title role in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (Turin, Bologna and Dorset), the Four Villains in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann (Michigan Opera Theater and Tokyo New National), and the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele (Frankfurt).

Upcoming engagements include Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust (Dorset Opera Festival); solo concerts with the Wyoming Symphony and Bozeman Symphony; and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca (Welsh National Opera.

VYACHESLAV GRYAZNOV graduated with honors from the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Professor Manana Kandelaki. He proceeded with undergraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Yuri Slesarev), once again completing his degree with honors. He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate student, and is on the teaching faculty of the Moscow Conservatory’s Piano Department. In 2016 he accepted Yale University’s invitation to fulfill the Artist Diploma program under the Yale School of Music’s Professor Boris Berman.

Vyacheslav Gryaznov is a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, which represents him in Russia, and is an Artist-in-Residence with The Drozdoff Society in the United States.

A prize-winner of international competitions in Italy, Ukraine, Denmark, Georgia, Japan, and Russia (including six first and Grand prizes) and a frequent guest at international festivals, the pianist has toured in many countries of Europe, CIS, Africa, Japan, the United States, and throughout Russia. His NHK video recordings are shown on Japanese TV on a regular basis. In Russia, the pianist's recordings are often played on Orpheus classical radio.

Gryaznov’s 2016-2017 performances included the Berliner Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall as winner of the 2016 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition; the Bay Area Steinway Society of San Jose, California; four performances with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in a multi-city Florida tour; multiple engagements for The Drozdoff Society’s Impromptu! Classical Music Recital series; as well as engagements in Russia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Austria, and France. He also recorded a CD on the Steinway & Sons label in 2017.

Vyacheslav Gryaznov is the author of more than 30 concert arrangements and transcriptions and has gained a reputation as one of the most remarkable young arrangers working today. In 2014 Gryaznov signed a publishing contract with Schott Music (Germany).

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