Mikhail Solovei was born in Ukraine and studied at the State College of Music, Ukraine. In 1979, he won the Ukranian Naional Piano Competition. After gaining his Master’s degree in 1980 at the Gorky Conservatorium in Russia, he was awarded his PhD in 1985, following further studies at the Gorky and Moscow Conservatoriums.
Post graduate studies followed and he gave solo concerts and performances with orchestras in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, as well as many masterclasses in these countries of the former Soviet Union.
In 1985, Mikhail Solovei was appointed to the position of Head of The Piano Department of the Donetsk College of Music, Ukraine, after a period as Lecturer in Piano Studies at Vladivostok University and as Pianist-Soloist, Russia. He accepted invitations to make concert tours of Poland in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and gave masterclasses at the Academy of Music at Katowice and has performed and held masterclasses in Belgium.
Since arriving to Australia in June 1992, Mikhail Solovei has given recitals in The Melbourne Concert Hall, Melba Hall, Robert Blackwood Hall, The Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Sydney Opera House, Brisbane and Perth. In 1996, Mikhail performed in Bangkok, Thailand; in 1997, gave a concert tour of Malaysia and the United States of America, in 1999 – concert tour of Indonesia, 2004 – Zimbabwe and South Africa.
As well as concert performances, Mikhail Solovei has regularly played for ABC Classic FM national radio, both for live and pre-recorded broadcasts and has appeared on SBS television (Australia). In 1998 and then in 2003 Mikhail produced CDs, ‘Piano Recitals’, with Masters Classic in Holland (both can be found on itunes).
‘A first-class pianist’ Warsaw News Poland
‘Solovei’s inspiration and sensitivity’ Gorky Musical Times, Russia
Currently Mikhail Solovei is teaching at Monash University, Melbourne. He also performs and holds regular masterclasses in many tertiary institutions in Australia and overseas.