“This is…an intriguing recital: Pronin puts Milstein’s famous tour de force through its paces and finds dark corners in the sumptuous beauties of Ysaÿe. Pronin even scores by playing both parts in the Prokofiev; the out-of-body experience arouses the music’s emotional content in an attractively unsettling way…Pronin attaches ‘extramusical imagery’ to the piece, and writes of ‘dancing snowflake patterns, shiny and brilliant yet quite delicate’. It’s a window on Prokofiev’s Russian soul, and Pronin’s own.”
– The Gramophone, review of Violin For One (Naxos/Sono Luminus) (2011)
Canadian violinist and composer Stanislav Pronin began his violin studies in Israel at the age of 8. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, a student of Pyotr Stoliarskiy and former Professor at the Odessa Conservatoire. Stanislav continued his studies at Indiana University with Nelli Shkolnikova and Jaime Laredo, as well as composition lessons with Professor Sven-David Sandstrom, and later at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany, with Professor Zakhar Bron.
Stanislav’s professional career began following his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many festivals including Verbier Festival and Interlaken Classics in Switzerland, Banff Festival and Stratford Festival in Canada, Kronberg Festival in Germany, Skanderborg Festival in Denmark, etc. He performs regularly in North and South America, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia in such venues as Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Musikhuset Aarhus, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia, Odessa Philharmonic and Odessa Opera halls in the Ukraine, Berlin Waldbühne, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Guangzhou Grand Theater, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Wuxi Grand Theater (China), KKLLuzern, Salzburg Festspiele, Paris Philharmonie, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Semperoper in Dresden, and so on. He has collaborated with numerous conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Teodor Currentzis, Leonard Slatkin, Tobias Ringborg, Antonio Mendez, Sigiswald Kuijken, Michael Schonwandt, Lior Shambadal, David Robert Coleman, Andrew Constantine, Leif Segerstram, Marc Soustrot and Joshua Weilerstein. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with Jan Lisiecki, Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Pavel Vernikov, Jeanne Marie Conquer, Barry Shiffman, Bion Tsang, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Julian Milkis, Alexander Zemtsov, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Anton Nel, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach.
Just as his grandfather who, in his time, had worked closely with numerous composers, including Dmitry Shostakovich, Stanislav is an avid performer of new music. He has worked with and premiered works of such composers as John Adams, Fabian Panisello, David Robert Coleman, Murray Schafer, Ned Rorem, Toivo Tulev, Hans Abrahamsen and Lera Auerbach.
As far as composition projects are concerned, Stanislav recorded his 45-minute-long solo violin cycle “In Solitude – 7 Impressions” at CBC in Toronto in July, 2015. He also completed his sonata for two violins, written for Jeanne Marie Conquer of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and recorded it with her in January, 2016, at Cite de la Musique in Paris. This 2-violin sonata was published in 2019 by Musikverlag Ries and Erler, Berlin. His work for soprano and piano entitled “4 Songs, In Memory of Marina Tsvetaeva” and written for renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano Lyubov Petrova and pianist Drew Petersen was recorded in March of 2016 in New York. In 2017, he was commissioned to write two fantasies for solo violin with orchestra, one on themes by G. Verdi (entitled “VERDI+”) and another on “Le Temps des Cathedrales” from the musical “Notre Dame de Paris”, both of which were successfully premiered by Stanislav as soloist at the “Odessa Golden Festival” in Odessa, Ukraine.
In addition to solo and chamber music, Stanislav is an experienced orchestra musician. He has been invited to perform as Concertmaster with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, Austin Lyric Opera in the USA, Berliner Symphoniker, Beethoven Bonn Orchestra, Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester and Freiburg Philharmonic in Germany, Musikkolegium Winterthur in Sweitzerland, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Estonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the UK and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he often tours with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra at the personal invitation of Daniel Barenboim, and most recently with Utopia Orchestra at the invitation of Teodor Currentzis.
Stanislav’s recordings and performances, including his solo CD debut “Violin For One” on Naxos/Sono Luminus labels, have been broadcasted on numerous radio and television channels including WDR Köln, RTS-1 Belgrade, CBC Canada, Radio Klassisk Denmark, Interlochen Public Radio, WFMT Chicago Classical, etc. He has also recorded for Decca and Dacapo labels as soloist and Concertmaster of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and for Chandos as Concertmaster of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he took part in a recording project for Sony Classical with Teodor Currentzis and Utopia Orchestra.
An avid music educator, Stanislav regularly teaches violin and chamber music masterclasses worldwide. He has been Guest Professor at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater since 2014. Additionally, he had held an Artist in Residence position at the University of Texas at Austin, and regularly gives masterclasses as visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music in London, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, WWU Munster, Stoliyarski School of Music in Odessa, Lübecker Musikschule, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel, assisted Professor Zakhar Bron at the Kronberg Academy, and had been guest faculty at such festivals as Summit Music Festival (NYC), Alion Baltic (Tallinn), and Summer Talent Music Festoval (Brescia) along with fellow faculty members s.a. Aaron Rosand, Steven Isserlis, Ida Haendel, Albert Markov, Dmitry Bashkirov, etc. Stanislav is also a member of Play With A Pro online teaching community. Most recently, Stanislav has been invited to join the faculty as tenure track professor at CUHK Shenzhen in China.
Stanislav is a recipient of multiple awards from such organization as the American String Teachers Association, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Classical Artists Development Foundation. He plays a violin by Antonio Stradivari on generous loan by an anonymous patron, with the kind assistance of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins Fellowship.