Daniel Zaretsky

Daniel ZARETSKY was born in Leningrad in 1964, and studied piano and organ performance at the Leningrad State Conservatory. He completed his Concert Diploma and Teaching Certificate in 1989 under the direction of Professors E.Bazanov and N.Oksentjan, and his postgraduate education at the Kazan State Conservatory under the direction of prof. R.Abdoullin. From 1991 to 1993 he continued his studies at the SibeliusMusicAcademy in Helsinki (Finland) with Professor Kari Jussila, graduating with the Concert Diploma with honours. In addition he has supplemented his studies in several Master-classes in Western Europe, including those of Guy Bovet, Marie-Claire Alain, Harald Vogel, Ludger Lohmann, Jean Guillou, David Sanger, Hans Fagius, Michael Radulescu, Daniel Roth, Peter Planyavsky.   

D.Zaretsky has performed since 1988 in all the former Soviet Union’s important venues, including the Philharmonic Halls of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and in Baltic states (the Cathedral of Riga and St.Nikolaus in Tallinn among others), as well as in Czechoslovakia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, France, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, South America, Israel, Australia, China, Japan and the USA.

In 1991 he won the National Organ Competition and took Third Prize in the Speyer International Organ Competition in Germany. In 1990 he was a finalist in the International Organ Competition in Ragusa, Italy, and in 1993 in Lahti, Finland. He has also made recordings for Russian, Latvian, Swiss, German and Danish radios and for several CD’s.

He has received much recognition as an organconsultant, dealing with restoration of historical instruments  and construction of new organs in the concert halls. He is regularly invited to be a member of jury of international organ competitions in Russia and abroad (Poland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Holland, Malta, Canada).

He was the Organist of the famous St.Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall (since 1997 till 2007). Organ teacher at the Music College of St. Petersburg’s Conservatory during 1996-2001. From 2002 to 2007 Associate Professor of organ at the Nizhnij Novgorod State Conservatory – the third-largest conservatory in Russia. From 2006 he is Professor of Organ at the St.Petersburg State University, from 2007 at the St.Petersburg State Conservatory as well, and from 2011 – head of Organ and Cembalo department. In 2006 he was awarded the title “Honoured Artist of Russia” and in 2020 – “Organist of the Year” in Russia.