Meet Vladislav Mineev!
He is a classically trained saxophonist from Moscow, Russia. Vladislav started performing on stage saxophone at the age of thirteen. He has won several awards, performed with symphony orchestras throught Russia, and enjoys arranging music for saxophone. He was on tour in Galveston-. Roatan, Costa-Maya, Cozumel in March 2023. He performed a concert of such arrangements, which included works by Bach, Vivaldi, and Marcello. Accompanied by pianist Anna Kislitsyna. Mineev showcased the versatility and expressive potential of the saxophone in the Baroque style.
The success of such arrangements largely depends on the sensitivity and skill of the performer. Vladislav Mineev demonstrated technical skill, and his interpretation of the works allowed him to convey the nuances and dynamics of the original works.
For example, in Vivaldi's D Minor Concerto, it is not easy for the saxophone to convey the mobility and brightness of the solo violin. The design of the rapidly developing third movement was especially difficult for the saxophone, but Mineev managed to preserve the clarity and accuracy of the work by enriching it with new timbral nuances. There were moments where the arrangement especially successfully highlighted the saxophone’s rich, velvety tone.
In Marcello’s Adagio from his Oboe Concerto in D minor, the saxophone brought a mournful, romantic quality to the piece, complemented perfectly by Kislitsyna’s delicate piano accompaniment. In Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Mineev's arrangement brings out the warmth and vibrancy of the solo violin part. The timbre of the saxophone creates a different atmosphere, with the performer able to produce a wide range of colors and tones. With the support of the piano, the music sounds complete, with the saxophone weaving in and out of the melody. Performing of Bach's "Concerto in G Minor", Mineev creates an intimate and gentle, then playful and cheerful sound, revealing the beauty of each part. The saxophone's agility and speed enable the performer to play the fast runs and difficult passages with ease. Performances becomes a thrilling and virtuosic work. The saxophone and the piano interact organically, resulting in a fresh and thrilling experience for the listener.