Pianist Vadim Gladkov was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He began studying piano with Ludmila Gavrina (his aunt); then with his mother Tatiana Gladkova; and later, he went on to study at the Music School for Gifted Children in Kiev with Professor Valery Sagaidachny. In 1997, Mr. Gladkov received his Soloist Diploma with an honourable mention from the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Gladkov furthered his piano studies with Professor Dmitri Bashkirov and Assistant Professor Galina Egiazarova at the “Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia”, Madrid. In 1997 and 1998 he received the Best Student Award of the Piano Department from the hands of Her Majesty, The Spanish Queen Sofia.
Vadim Gladkov took master classes with Vitaly Margulis, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Andras Schiff, Sergio Perticaroli, Menahem Pressler, György Sandor, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Esther Yellin and Pavel Gililov. Mr. Gladkov has won top prizes in many International Competitions and Festivals such as the IX International Piano Competition “Da Cidade do Porto”(Grand Prix and 2 special prizes); I International Competition “N. Lysenko” (1st Prize and Gold Medal); Byelorussian Piano Competition “Minsk Spring” (1st Prize and the Prize for the Best Interpretation of the compulsory work); X International Piano Competition “Ciudad de Ferrol” (2nd Prize and Public Special Prize); XII Ibiza International Piano Competition (1st Prize); X International Singing Competition “Acisclo Fernandez Carriedo” (Best Piano Accompanist Prize) and VII International Grieg Competitionin Oslo (1st Prize and a Special Prize in the Two-Piano Competition as a member of the piano duo, Gladkov-Dorzhin). Mr. Gladkov was a member of the jury in the XIII Ibiza Piano Competition, IX International Piano Competition for Young Pianist “Ciudad de San Sebastian”, XXII International Piano Competition “Da Cidade do Porto”, I “J. Chuluun” International Music Competition in Ulaan-Baator, “Anton Garcia Abril” Piano International Competition”, and the International Piano Competition “Villa de Madrid”. He led master classes at the conservatories of Cartagena, Palencia, Alcalá de Henares, the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), Mongolia’s Music and Dance College, and Wells Cathedral School.
Since 2014, Mr. Gladkov has been a piano and chamber music professor at “Encore Music Projects International Summer School” (Wells, Somerset). As a recitalist, Mr. Gladkov has performed in Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Japan, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Dominican Republic, Slovakia, Morocco, Tunisia, UK, Switzerland and Ukraine. In Spain he has performed in many prestigious halls such as the Auditorio Nacional de Música, Teatro Real, Fundación Juan March, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Palau de la Música de Valencia, Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao, Teatro Juan Bravo de Segovia, Teatro Principal de Alicante, Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao, Teatro Guimera de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, etc. He took part in many International Music Festivals such as Colmar, Reims, Montreux-Vevey, Kronberg, Guildford, Oslo Griegfestival, Saint Petersburg, Santander, San Carlos, Úbeda, Toledo, Girona, Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Mr. Gladkov has made recordings for Ukrainian television and radio, Radio Clásica, RNE, RTVE and the National Television of Mongolia. He has recorded a CD (“Romantische Verwandlungen”) with H.-J. Schellenberger (oboe), G. Caussé (viola) and R. Vlatković (horn), as well as a CD (“In Recital”) with violinist Mayuko Kamio for SONY BMG.
Vadim Gladkov has a firm command of a wide range of solo piano repertoire, as well as an avid interest in chamber and vocal music. He has partnered with such renowned musicians as Zakhar Bron, Nicola Benedetti, Dora Schwarzberg, Mayuko Kamio, Alissa Margulis, Mone Hattori, Marianna Vasileva, Ana Valderrama, Tatiana Melnichenko, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Radovan Vlatković, Gérard Caussé, Leonard Elschenbroich, Kaori Yamagami, and Richard May. Mr. Gladkov’s acclaimed solo and collaborative performances have taken place in a variety of venues throughout the world: Suntory Hall of Tokyo, Concertgebouw, Rudolfinum, Bratislava Filharmonic Hall, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and Estonia Konserdisaal, among others. He played a recital in Madrid (“Tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich”) with Natalia Gutman.
In 2000, he began working at the «Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia” as a collaborating pianist for the oboe class of Prof. Hansjörg Schellenberger. During these years he has also worked in master classes delivered by Gordon Hunt, Ingo Goritzki, Maurice Bourge, Dominik Wollenweber, Alex Klein, Stefan Schilli (oboe), Ivry Gitlis, Pamela Frank, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Leonidas Kavakos, Kim Nam Yun, Miriam Fried, Eduard Tadevosyan, Gérard Poulet, Silvia Markovici, Eduard Grach, Ilya Kaler, Igor Ozim, Vadim Gluzman, Igor Petrushevski, Anna Chumachenco, Nicolás Chumachenco, Pavel Vernikov, Bartosz Bryla, Mauricio Fuks, György Pauk, Sergey Kravchenko, Vadim Repin, Kolja Blacher and Eszter Perényi (violin), Jaime Martín (flute), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon), Radovan Vlatković (horn), Reiner Zepperitz (double bass), Eduard Brunner, Elmar Schmid, Karl-Heinz Steffens, and Paul Meyer (clarinet). Currently, he combines his performa
nce activities with pedagogical work in Madrid, where he is a professor of piano at the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska and a collaborating pianist for the violin class of Prof. Zakhar Bron at the Reina Sofía School of Music.