Arseniy Gusev is a young musician who is equally at home as a pianist and composer. Newburyport Current hailed his playing: "a blend of superb technical proficiency and lyrical romanticism seldom found in equal measure, especially in one so young". The Petersburg Gazette described Gusev's compositions as "melodic and cantabile and continuing the legacy of Russian school”. Gusev’s compositions include a colorful variety of styles and genres, some of which are solo, collaborative, symphonic, ballet, and opera.
Gusev is a Russian native from St. Petersburg who has been studying music from the age of five. His studies took him around the world studying at the Tanglewood Institute under pianist Boaz Sharon, as well as the St. Petersburg Conservatory under pianist Alexander Sandler and composer Svetlana Nesterova. In 2017, he graduated with honors from the Specialized Music School of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory studying piano under Olga Kurnavina and composition under Evgeniy Rushansky. He is currently studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music under pianist Sergei Babayan and composer Keith Fitch. He participated in master classes with Garrick Ohlsson, Dmitry Bashkirov, Grigory Gruzman, Jerome Rose, Alexander Mndoyants, Nina Lelchuk, and others.
Arseniy Gusev actively performs around the world and has given solo concerts in Austria, Belgium, Italy, Slovakia, United States and Germany. In 2013, he performed in the Austrian International Music Festival Allegro Vivo and in 2014 gave several recitals at the International Festival Educational Bridge Project in Boston. Arseniy has been a soloist with the Tatar State Symphony Orchestra under conductor Mikhail Mosenkov and the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra under conductor Alexander Titov. In 2016, he became a Fellow at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York and was the winner of the Andrei Petrov Prize at the St. Petersburg House of Music. Additionally receiving the Dorothy McKenzie Artist Award, winner of the 2018 Three Arts Piano Competition and performer in the XI Mariinsky International Festival.
His compositions span an extensive range and have been performed around the world, winning prizes at competitions. Including: honors at Another Space composition competition, the International Youth Gavrilin competition, the International Youth competition, and the Open Andrei Petrov composition competition. In 2015, he received the Grand Prize at the International Artist-Composer Competition in St. Petersburg. In 2020, he won 2nd prize at the Cleveland International Piano Virtu(al)oso Competition.
Gusev’s work has been performed extensively by many orchestras and soloists. In 2014, the Omsk Philharmonic premiered his symphonic suite. Siberian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, under Dmitry Vasilyev performed Gusev’s Teryoshechka. His Orchestral Rhapsody "Rus. In anticipation of St. Petersburg" was premiered in the St. Petersburg State Chapel under conductor Arkady Steinluht. In 2016, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall for Children and Youth premiered the Gusev’s ballet The Swinherd under conductor by Mikhail Golikov and was awarded at the theatrical society festival St. Petersburg theatres for children. Gusev’s "Contour of Silence" was premiered by the Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Governor under conductor Ilya Derbilov and his "Temptation of St. Anthony" for viola and piano was premiered in Carnegie Hall.
Gusev’s compositions are being published in the Kompozitor (including 24 Postludes, 2018, and 3 Toccatas, 2020).