Anatoly Izotov (born June, 4th 1983, Saint-Petersburg) is a prominent russian classical guitar player, a prizewinner of 18 international competitions, an artistic director of «Guitar Magic» International festival and competition in Saint-Petersburg.
He is the leader of the first Russian professional guitar orchestra and a teacher whose masterclasses are highly demanded in Russia. He played piano from an early age and when he was 13 he started playing classical guitar.
In 2000 Anatoly graduated from musical school and continued his studies with Alexey Khorev, one of the best teachers in Russia. At the same time, he learned harmony and composition at Saint-Petersburg Composers Union.
In 2005 Anatoly went to Belgium to continue his studies at Bruxelles Royal Conservatoire with Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni. During his studies he became a prizewinner of 18 international competitions.
Anatoly’s musical development was significantly influenced by various musical genres, especially jazz and eastern folk. Since the years of music school he began to use improvisation which still plays an important role in his creative activities. In 2013 Anatoly got an award from the government of Saint-Petersburg «For high achievements in the field of arts and culture».
- Classical Guitar